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Applied and Computational Mechanics Group

The Applied and Computational Mechanics Group carries out internationally recognised research into mechanics of solids, structures and materials which can be applied to address current engineering research challenges.

Our major focus is the investigation of a wide range of composite materials (fibre reinforced, soft electroactive, nano-structured, cementitious) and the development of computational methods for multiscale modelling and optimisation of structures and micro-architectured materials.

We are currently carrying out a variety of research projects in the following areas.

Computational models for advanced smart materials

  • Modelling of electro and magneto-active materials (actuation and energy harvesting);
  • Modelling of advanced micro- and nano-structured materials;
  • Modelling of cellular, porous, fibrous composite materials;
  • Modelling the mechanical behaviour biological materials;
  • Investigation of dynamic properties of quasicrystalline and quasiperiodic structures.

Computational models for advanced structures and meta-structures

  • Advanced finite element methods for nonlinear and multiscale problems in solid and fluid mechanics;
  • Analysis and optimum design software for composite aerospace structures;
  • Development of robust and reliable meta-modelling approaches for inverse problems and optimisation;
  • Robust aircraft design optimisation;
  • Uncertainty quantification and management (UQ&M) in engineering applications;
  • Smoothed-particle hydrodynamics (SPH) for modelling flow of particulate composites;
  • Meta-structures and cloaking of flexural waves;
  • Vibration based damage detection in mechanical and aerospace structures;
  • Fast dynamics computational methods for crash and impact analysis, material fracture and explosion modelling;
  • Finite-element modelling of high performance fibre reinforced cementitious composites.

Our partners

We are currently working with the following partners:

Universities and research centres

  • University of Bristol;
  • Swansea University;
  • University of Glasgow;
  • University of Liverpool;
  • Technion-Haifa;
  • University of California at S Barbara;
  • University of Luxembourg;
  • Polish Academy of Sciences;
  • University of Pisa;
  • University of Trento;
  • University of Copenhagen;
  • UmeĆ„ University;
  • Harbin Institute of Technology;
  • Tsinghua University;
  • Dalian University of Technology;
  • Shanghai Jiaotong University;
  • University of Waikato.


  • Airbus;
  • Cintec Ltd.

We are currently carrying out a variety of funded research projects including:

RAINBOW-Rapid Biomechanics Simulation for Personalized Clinical Design, MSCA ETN, EU Commission. Dr P Kerfriden (2018/2022).

The aim is to realize the full potential of computational medicine and ICT to arrive at patient-specific simulation models that are rapidly set for a particular patient, are easy-to-use by clinical experts and do not require assistance from a technical team.

A Novel Complex Variable Meshless Method for the Efficient Optimal Design of Damage Tolerant Composite Aircraft Structures, MSCA Cofund fellowship, EU Commission. Dr Dong-Ming Li, Dr  Z Wu (2018/20).

The goal of the project is to develop a model for composite structures based on a novel complex variable element-free Galerkin meshless method.

SRENASM-Simulation of Radiation Effects on Nuclear and Aerospace Structural Materials, MSCA Cofund fellowship, EU Commission. Dr O Noorikalkhoran, Prof M Gei (2017/20).

The goal of the project is to provide simulation tools able to predict radiation induced damage of materials employed in nuclear power plants and aerospace vehicle constructions.

A novel intelligent sensing system for composite blades to perceive the surrounding conditions, Royal Society. Dr Z Wu (2017/18).

The aim of this research is to develop a smart sensing system which enables composite blades to have a special “perceptual function.

ANCHOR-SYS-Manufacturing process development for innovative anchoring and reinforcement system, Astute 2020. Prof M Gei (2017/18).

The goal is to develop a new anchoring system to retrofit historical buildings in earthquake susceptible areas.

MeDyQuaM-Mechanics and dynamic processes in quasiperiodic materials, MSCA Cofund fellowship, EU Commission. Dr L Morini, Prof M Gei (2016/19).

The project is focused on the analysis of wave propagation and fracture in quasicrystalline materials. The goal is to obtain design guidelines to manufacture innovative micro-architectured materials based on quasiperiodicity.

Data-drive multidisciplinary design optimization of aircraft structures under uncertainty, Ser Cymru NRN. Dr A Kundu (2016/17).

The project, in cooperation with AIRBUS, aims to tackle a complex industrial problem of early stage aircraft design optimization within a Uncertainty Quantification & Management framework.

Virtual design for microfluidic encapsulation process, Ser Cymru NRN. Dr S Claus, Dr P Kerfriden (2015/18).

The aim is the development of XFEM techniques for multi-phase flows, including mesh adaptivity and optimisation algorithms. The targeted applications are in the domain of complex fluidics.

Simulation of the flow of non-Newtonian fibre-reinforced self-compacting concrete, Ser Cymru NRN. Prof B Karihaloo, Dr S Kulasegaram (2015/17).

Numerical models based on Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) techniques are developed to simulate the behaviour of self-compacting concrete.

Towards the next generation of fast dynamics solvers in engineering, Ser Cymru NRN. Dr S Kulasegaram (2014/17).

The objective of this research is the development of cutting-edge computational software for the simulation of newly emerging fast dynamics problems in industry.

An adaptive multiscale method for sandwich structured panels, Ser Cymru NRN. Dr P Kerfriden (2014/17).

The goal is to develop some robust adaptive multi-scale techniques with error control for simulation of damage in composite plates.

Lead researcher

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Professor Massimiliano Gei


+44 (0)29 2087 4316

Academic staff

Stefane Bordas

Professor Stephane Bordas


+44 (0)29 2087 5941
David Kennedy

Professor David Kennedy


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+44 (0)29 2087 5340
Pierre Kerfriden

Dr Pierre Kerfriden

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research

+44 (0)29 2087 5926
Sivakumar Kulasegaram

Dr Sivakumar Kulasegaram

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research

+44 (0)29 2087 4576
Abhishek Kundu

Dr Abhishek Kundu

Lecturer - Teaching and Research

+44 (0)29 2087 5953
Zhangming Wu

Dr Zhangming Wu


+44 (0)29 2087 4542
Han Xing Zhu

Dr Han Xing Zhu

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research

+44 (0)29 2087 4824

Associated staff

Lorenzo Morini

Lorenzo Morini

Marie Curie Cofund Fellow

+44 (0)29 2082 0212
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Dr Omid Noorikalkhoran

Marie Curie Co-Fund Fellow

+44 (0)29 2087 5761
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Dr Dongming Li

COFUND Fellow, Research


Each year our research group is involved in a number of events including:

  • ESMC 2018, 10th European Solid Mechanics Conference, Bologna, 2-6 July 2018.

Recent organised conferences and meetings

  • Elasticity Day, Cardiff, 13 May 2017 ACME-UK 2016,
  • 24th Conference on Computational Mechanics, Cardiff, 31 March-1 April 2016