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Centre members

The experience of our members covers a range of sectors including Manufacturing, Offshore, Energy, Automotive, Defence, Aeronautics and Space. The membership also has strong experience with European funded research under Horizon 2020 as well as previous framework programmes.


Dr Nenad Djordjevic Dr Nenad Djordjevic
Senior Lecturer in Structural Integrity
Dr Nenad Djordjevic is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Brunel University London, Research Centre Director (Centre for Assessment of Structures and Materials under Extreme Conditions) and a course director of an MSc programme with 15 years of experience in research and teaching. He has been working in the field of applied and computational mechanics on development of linear and non-linear numerical codes (FEM and SPH) for dynamic analysis of solids and structures. His teaching portfolio includes teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including the MSc programmes coordination, modules development and delivery, students projects supervision, and delivery of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses. Dr Nenad Djordjevic joined the Applied Mechanics and Astronautics Department at Cranfield University in 2007, where he obtained his PhD in Modelling of Inelastic Behaviour of Orthotropic Materials under Dynamic Loading Including High Velocity Impact in 2011. Having worked in the Applied Mechanics and Astronautics Department of Cranfield University for over five years, he joined Brunel and NSIRC as a Lecturer in Structural Integrity. Dr Nenad Djordjevic had been working in Applied Mechanics and Astronautics Department of Cranfield University for over five years, before he joined Brunel and NSIRC. The main area of Nenad’s research interests is development of constitutive models in the framework of thermodynamics and configurational mechanics, applicable to the metals and composites. In particular, his research is oriented towards the simulation of a range of impact and crashworthiness problems in the area of aerospace, naval and automotive industry, including bird strike, high velocity impact and fluid structure interaction problems. Another area of interest is design and application of experimental techniques developed for characterisation of dynamic behaviour of materials. Nenad has been involved in several European Framework programmes, such as TEMPUS, FP6 and FP7, Horizon2020 and a number of industrial projects, developed in collaboration with Rolls Royce, AWE, Lockheed Martin, Office of Naval Research (USA) etc. He is a co-author of seven papers, published in high impact journals, and twelve publications presented in the international conferences. Dr Nenad Djordjevic is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy and has obtained PGCert in Higher Education. Nenad has over 15 years of experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Whilst at Cranfield University, he was leader of the Impact Dynamics, and the Advanced Composites Analysis and Simulation modules that were delivered as a part of the Advanced Lightweight Structures and Impact (ALSI) and Astronautics and Space Engineering (ASE) Masters programmes. He was also involved with teaching on Finite Elements (theoretical and practical parts), Structural Mechanics and Structural Dynamics. Nenad was a supervisor for over 50 MSc Individual Research Projects and a supervisor for six PhD students. Nenad continues to contribute to teaching on the NSIRC based MSc programmes and MEng and MSc in Aerospace engineering and his current teaching modules include: Numerical Modelling of Solids and Structures; Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue Analysis; Stress Analysis; Advanced Composite Materials Analysis; Dynamics of PEtroleum Structures; Design and Construction of Installation; Design and Analysis of Aerospace Vehicles;
Dr Kevin Hughes Dr Kevin Hughes
Senior Lecturer in Structural Integrity
Dr Kevin Hughes graduated from Cranfield University where he obtained an MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering, prior to achieving his PhD in improving helicopter crashworthiness for impacts on water. Kevin has extensive experience in teaching (including development and delivery of new modules) at MSc / Continued Professional Development level, Operating as an MSc Course Director since 2005, Kevin achieved Senior Fellow status with the Higher Education Academy and has supervised over eighty MSc industry supported dissertation projects to completion. Kevin's research interests are focused on the development of numerical simulation methods for non-linear structural analysis (including crashworthiness), which includes coupling finite element analysis to optimisation methods. Utilising high fidelity modelling of structures and materials has led to research colloborations within automotive, aerospace and rail sectors. Kevin’s research started with improving the level of crashworthiness for helicopters impacting onto hard and water surfaces through his PhD, which led to his interest in applying non-linear transient numerical simulation methods (mesh based and mesh free) to understand the response of structures and materials to a range of dynamic loading. Applications include the use of optimisation approaches to develop robust design solutions (by taking into account sources of uncertainty) for industrially sponsored research / EU collaborative projects. This led to Kevin’s involvement with a number of companies with challenging engineering problems, including Jaguar Landrover and Aston Martin related to car crashworthiness, failure assessment for Network Rail and led to a product to market by developing protection concepts for electronic devices in conjunction with Logitech (resulting in a US Patent). Prior to moving to Brunel University London, Kevin has been involved with post-graduate and CPD training for the past ten years, which is based around the application of non-linear numerical simulation methods and optimisation approaches to understand the response of structures and materials to dynamic loading, and provides M-Level modules in the following areas: Structural Mechanics Introduction to Integral Vehicle Structures Material Characterisation for Simulation Simulation for Impact and Crashworthiness Applied Finite Element Modelling Advanced Computer Aided Engineering
Professor Rade Vignjevic Professor Rade Vignjevic
Professor - Structural Integrity
Professor Rade Vignjevic joined Brunel from Cranfield University, where he was Head of the Applied Mechanics and Astronautics Department. His area of technical expertise includes nonlinear transient finite element method, SPH, impact mechanics, crashworthiness and structural integrity. Together with his research team, they have achieved international recognition for work on modelling the transient response of materials and structures, specifically meshless methods; impact and crashworthiness of aerospace structures; and shock waves and damage in metals and composites. Professor Vignjevic’s research interests over the last 25 years, have been focused on solids and structures under extreme loading and resulted in the output of over 70 journal papers. This includes the development of first principle-based simulation tools for analysis and the simulation based design (SBD) of structures including structural integrity, safety, crashworthiness and impact resistance. To be precise, Professor Vignjevic has been working on two important modelling aspects: i) development of improved constitutive models; and ii) improved spatial discretisation techniques. These two aspects combined are the key enablers for accurate modelling of progressive damage and failure in solids and structures. His research has contributed to the improvement of simulation tools applicable to range of industrial problems. Rade, his team and students have been working with a number of companies in dealing with challenging engineering problems. For instance bird strike on fan blades with Rolls Royce; aircraft (fixed wing and rotorcraft) ditching and crash worthiness with AIRBUS, Westland Helicopters and EUROCOPTER; modelling of shockwaves in solids with AWE; car crashworthiness with JLR, Aston Martin, Mercedes PETRONAS and Williams F1teams; and high velocity impact on composite structures with BAE Systems and AIRBUS. Professor Vignjevic, Dip.Ing. in Mechanical Engineering, MSc and PhD in Applied Mechanics, is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was Head of the Department of Applied Mechanics and Head of the Crashworthiness Impact and Structural Mechanics Group at Cranfield University and has over twenty five years of experience in postgraduate teaching, training and supervision of Masters and PhD students. At Cranfield University he delivered a number of modules including: Finite Element Method Impact Dynamics Continuum Mechanics Rade continues to contribute to teaching in the MSc Structural Integrity Course based at NSIRC, Granta Park and his current teaching modules include: Numerical Modelling of Solids and Structures Continuum mechanics (next academic year)


Dr James Campbell Dr James Campbell
Reader - Structural Integrity
James Campbell BEng MSc PhD CEng FRAeS Dr James Campbell is Reader in Structural Integrity, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Chartered Engineer. Dr Campbell’s primary research interest is numerical modelling of materials and structures during transient events such as impact and crash, with 15 years expertise as a principal investigator leading research projects funded by the EU, Innovate UK, ESA, industry, academia and research organisations (UK and internationally). Areas of Expertise Numerical modelling of the transient response of materials and structures. Meshless methods, including Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH). Fundamental development of physical models and non-linear numerical methods (FE and SPH), through implementation and code development up to complex engineering analysis. Predictive analysis of lightweight structures, structural integrity and failure, Impact on spacecraft, fluid-structure interaction, impact on aircraft (birdstrike, ice, hard object), crashworthiness, fragmentation and shock loading. Characterisation and modelling of materials (metallic, composite, ceramic, polymer), from quasi-static loading through to high strain-rate behaviour and shock wave propagation. Experience Dr Campbell graduated from Imperial College London with a BEng in Aeronautical Engineering and Cranfield University with an MSc then PhD in Astronautics and Space Engineering. His PhD research developed numerical modelling of hypervelocity impact on spacecraft and the smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) method. This was followed by research on numerical modelling of shock waves at the Centre for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, for two years. He returned to Cranfield University as Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Computational Mechanics and Course Director of the Structures, Crashworthiness and Impact MSc. Dr Campbell was then appointed as head of the Crashworthiness, Impact and Structural Mechanics Group at Cranfield. Awards Derek George Astridge Safety in Aerospace Award, IMechE, 2009. Royal Institute of Naval Architects Medal of Distinction, 2010. Selected research projects Principal Investigator. Development of Advanced Material Modelling for Metal Additive Manufacturing (TWI/Lloyds Register Foundation). Principal Investigator. Basalt Fibre Reinforced HDPE for Wave Energy Converters Co-Investigator. Harpoon Impact Modelling Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator. Smart Aircraft in Emergency Situations (SMAES) Principal Investigator. Nonlinear Static Multiscale Analysis of Large Aerostructures (MUSCA) Dr Campbell's expertise is applied to the aeronautics, space, defence, automotive, manufacturing, energy and offshore sectors. It is directly linked to teaching and supervision of PhD and Masters students and professional development programmes. Dr Campbell’s primary research is focussed on numerical modelling of materials and structures during transient events such as impact and crash, with 15 years expertise as a principal investigator leading projects funded by the EU, Innovate UK, ESA and industry, academia and research organisations (UK and internationally). This expertise is applied to the aeronautics, space, defence, automotive, manufacturing, energy and offshore sectors. Research Areas Fundamental development of physical models and non-linear numerical methods Meshless methods for non-linear solid and fluid mechanics - methods and code development for Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH). Artificial viscosity methods for shock wave modelling. Implementation of boundary and contact conditions in numerical codes. Constitutive models for strength, damage and shock response of isotropic and orthotropic materials (metallic, composite, ceramic, polymer). Numerical implementation of constitutive models for meshed (finite element) and meshless (SPH) codes. Experimental characterisation of materials. Application of explicit numerical methods to the transient response of solids and structures Predictive analysis of lightweight structures Crashworthiness and ditching analysis for aircraft and helicopters. Impact engineering: Ballistic and foreign object impact on structures, bird strike, ice impact on structures, fragmentation of metals, hypervelocity impact on spacecraft. Transient fluid-structure interaction: aircraft ditching, liquid sloshing, bird strike, extreme wave impact. Process modelling for metallic additive manufacturing. Structural ultimate load prediction. Doctoral Research: Applications from outstanding candidates intreested in doctoral research are welcome at any time of the year. Please email Selected research projects Principal Investigator. Development of Advanced Material Modelling for Metal Additive Manufacturing (TWI/Lloyds Register Foundation). Principal Investigator. Basalt Fibre Reinforced HDPE for Wave Energy Converters Co-Investigator. Harpoon Impact Modelling Principal Investigator. Smart Aircraft in Emergency Situations (SMAES) Principal Investigator. Nonlinear Static Multiscale Analysis of Large Aerostructures (MUSCA) Research clients and partners include Airbus Defence and Space Airbus Operations Alenia Aeronautica AWE Dassault Aviation DLR (German Aerospace Centre) EPSRC European Commission (FP5, FP6, FP7) European Space Agency Innovate UK Lloyds Register Foundation ONERA (French Aerospace Research Centre) Raytheon Systems TWI Dr Campbell has over 20 years experience of teaching and supervision of Masters and PhD students and Continuing Professional Development programmes to industry (UK and Internationally). Module leader for the following Aerospace Engineering MEng and MSc modules: Design and Analysis of Spacecraft Systems ME5665/ME5685 (Leading design and delivery of new module for academic year 2022-2023) Design and Analysis of Aircraft ME5664/ME5684. Current Topics in Aerospace, and Advanced CAD ME5662/ME5682. Module leader for the following Structural Integity and Oil & Gas module: Reliability Engineering ME5605, Reliabilty Engineering and Risk Management ME5637. Other teaching - MSc Lightweight Structures and Impact Engineering MSc: Impact and Crashworthiness ME5707. Advanced Transient Simulation Methods ME5706. Thin-Walled Structures ME5645. Project supervision: MSc Dissertation, Major Individual Project (Engineering MEng and BEng students) and Group Project in Aerospace Engineering (Aerospace MSc) Additional teaching experience: External Examiner University of Bath. MEng/BEng Aerospace Engineering, 2017-2021. Course Director Structures, Crashworthiness and Impact MSc (now Lightweight Structures and Composites). Lead for the development of this new Masters programme from initial concept through approval and successful launch and delivery of the programme. Development and delivery of bespoke CPD courses for a range of industrial clients (UK and internationally) including Boeing (USA) and Augusta Westland (Leonardo). At Cranfield University, delivered MSc and CPD teaching on: Crashworthiness Structural Stability (buckling and post-buckling of thin-walled structures) Simulation for Crash and Impact Material Characterisation Aircraft Stress Analysis Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics
Dr Esmaeel Esmaeeli Dr Esmaeel Esmaeeli
Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Esmaeel is a Lecturer in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Before joining Brunel University London, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Queen's University Belfast (QUB) funded by the prestigious Horizon2020 Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship (€183,454). In this project the innovative rapid and reliable post-tensioning solution, SMArtPlate, was developed for strengthening of reinforced concrete (RC) structures, such as bridges. Thanks to the €48,000 scholarship awarded to his PhD proposal by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), the Hybrid Composite Plate (HCP) - another innovative system for retrofitting RC structures - was conceptualized and developed in ISISE (Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering), Civil Engineering Department, University of Minho. HCP utilises the synergetic advantages of Strain Hardening Cementitious Composite (SHCC) and Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) to provide higher durability and connection reliability to structural strengthening practices than that of conventional systems, such as FRP and TRM. During his MSc, Esmaeel developed a novel seismic strengthening technique, composed of GFRP wet layup and steel profiles, for seismic strengthening of deficient RC beam-column joints. This MSc thesis was developed at K. N. Toosi University of Technology in Tehran and in collaboration with International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology of Iran. Esmaeel has several years of consultancy experience. He was a team leader in projects dealing with the vulnerability assessment and strengthening of structures. Sustainable retrofitting solutions for concrete and masonry structures Vulnerability assessment of existing structures Advanced materials for sustainable construction Micro-mechanical modelling of fibre-reinforced cementitious composites Fresh state properties of fibre-reinforced cementitious composites Dynamic response of structures with the focus on extreme loads Computational mechanics Prestressed concrete structures Constitutive laws and analytical models of composite materials Mechanics of contact surfaces CE5607 Advanced Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Design CE5606 Advanced Construction Materials and Structural Retrofitting Technology CE2003 Structural Mechanics
Dr Marius Gintalas Dr Marius Gintalas
Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Dr Marius Gintalas obtained his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering studying fracture toughness measurement methods under impact load. He continued research in fracture mechanics field on crack tip constraint in specimens and large scale pipes as a postdoctoral research associate at Manchester University. Later, Marius joined the University of Cambridge for his second postdoctoral project. He worked on characterisation of heavily plastically deformed martensitic carbon steel using transmission electron microscopy and synchrotron radiation. Also, analysed strengthening mechanisms in non-deformed and deformed quenched and tempered martensite. Marius joined The Welding Institute (TWI) Ltd as a senior project leader after postdoctoral period of five years. In 2020 returned to academia as a lecturer at Brunel University, National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC).
Dr Rui Ramos Cardoso Dr Rui Ramos Cardoso
Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering
Modelling for Manufacturing Modelling for Additive Layer Manufacturing Modelling of Cold Spray Processes Development of Innovative Numerical Methods Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics Aerodynamics Aircraft Design Aircraft Structures
Dr Ben Parker Dr Ben Parker
Senior Lecturer in Statistics
Academic with research interests in Design and Analysis of Experiments; Statistics of Networks and related areas.
Dr Simon Shaw Dr Simon Shaw
Simon Shaw is a reader in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, and belongs to the Applied and Numerical Analysis Research Group. He is also a member of the Structural Integrity theme of our Institute of Materials and Manufacturing, and of the Centre for Assessment of Structures and Materials under Extreme Conditions, and of the Centre for Mathematical and Statistical Modelling. Shaw was initially a craft mechanical engineering apprentice but (due to redundancy) left this to study for a mechanical engineering degree. After graduation he became an engineering designer of desktop dental X Ray processing machines, but later returned to higher education to re-train in computational mathematics. His research interests include computational simulation methods for partial differential Volterra equations and, in this and related fields, he has published over thirty research papers. He is currently involved in an interdisciplinary project that is researching the potential for using computational mathematics as a noninvasive means of screening for coronary artery disease. Personal home page: Computational Science, Engineering and Mathematics: finite element and related methods. Dispersive media (viscoelasticity and lossy dielectrics); deep neural nets and machine learning.

Doctoral Researchers

Mr Burak Serhat Sakarya Mr Burak Serhat Sakarya
PhD Student
Summary: Doctoral Researcher working on "Design of Composite Pressure Vessels with built-in leak-before-break capability" MSc in Structural Integrity "Dissertation Project: Numerical Modelling of Damage in Fibre Reinforced Composites (FRC) under Different Damage Mechanisms" Qualified structural integrity engineer with hands-on experience in stress analysis and project of Hydromechanical equipment of hydro-energy industry applications. My responsibility included examination and approval of the project drafts and calculations related to stress based safe design and performing factory acceptance tests of manufactured Hydro-Mechanical Equipment in Dams and Hydraulic Energy Systems BSc in Mechanical Engineering Honors and Awards: PhD: Fully-funded scholarship by Brunel University London and Lloyd’s Registration MSc: Degree obtained with Distinction Award MSc: Fully funded YLSY Scholarship by The Turkish Ministry of National Education (MEB) and The General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works (DSI) MSc: Structural Integrity Tuition Fee Scholarship by Brunel University London BSc: The highest-ranked student in Mechanical Engineering BSc: Ranked 3rd best student of the Engineering Faculty The aim of the project is to develop a quantitative conceptual design methodology for composite pressure vessels with inherited Leak-Before-Break capability. The concept will be based on the design of an artificial damage present in the structure, which will prevent the catastrophic failure of composite pressure vessels during their service life and enable taking preventative actions to avoid casualties and financial losses. The development of a validated small-scale specimens’ approach will replace a number of experiments at vessel scale thus leading to the reduction of manufacturing times and costs in the vessels’ design phase which will be a significant industrial benefit. Another outcome of this research will be the development of a validated robust analytical tool to support rapid investigation of the composite structure during the preliminary design process.
Miss Man Chi Cheung Miss Man Chi Cheung
PhD Student
Man Chi graduated with distinction in MSc Oil and Gas Engineering from Brunel University London in 2020. Her MSc dissertation topic was “Analysis of Integrity of Composite Structures in Oil and Gas Industry Using Extended Finite Element Method (XFEM)” Composite materials, dissimilar material joining
Miss Selamawit Abate Miss Selamawit Abate
PhD Student
I am Selamawit. I am a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from one of the reputable universities in Ethiopia, Adama Science and Technology University. After my BSc, I had worked as an Academic and Research Assistant at my university for a year. I got an opportunity to do my MSc in Erasmus Mundus program in Materials Science Exploiting Large Scale Facilities. I finished my MSc on July 31, 2020. I am recently doing a PhD. My research topic is Magnetic-based approach for qualitative and quantitative characterization of localized and general corrosion in pipelines.