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Applied and Computational Mechanics Group

Modelling techniques and computational methods for advanced engineering of materials, solids and structures.

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
  • Umeå University
  • Harbin Institute of Technology
  • Tsinghua University
  • Dalian University of Technology
  • Shanghai Jiaotong University
  • University of Waikato

Companies

  • Airbus
  • Cintec Ltd

Group Leader

Professor HaiJiang Li

Professor HaiJiang Li

Professor - Chair in BIM for Smart Engineering

Email
lih@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5133

Academic staff

Dr Sivakumar Kulasegaram

Dr Sivakumar Kulasegaram

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research

Email
kulasegarams@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4576
Professor Stephane Bordas

Professor Stephane Bordas

Professor

Email
bordass@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5941
Professor David Kennedy

Professor David Kennedy

Professor

Welsh speaking
Email
kennedyd@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5340
Dr Pierre Kerfriden

Dr Pierre Kerfriden

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research

Email
kerfridenp@cardiff.ac.uk
Dr Abhishek Kundu

Dr Abhishek Kundu

Lecturer - Teaching and Research

Email
kundua2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5953
Dr Han Xing Zhu

Dr Han Xing Zhu

Reader

Email
zhuh3@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4824
Lorenzo Morini

Lorenzo Morini

Lecturer in Advanced Solid Mechanics

Email
morinil@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5818

Postgraduate students

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Bryn Walton

Research student

Email
waltondb@cardiff.ac.uk

Associated staff

Dr Omid Noorikalkhoran

Dr Omid Noorikalkhoran

Marie Curie Co-Fund Fellow

Email
noorikalkhorano@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5761
Dr Thomas Bower

Dr Thomas Bower

Research Associate

Email
bowerta@cardiff.ac.uk
Dr Guoqian Ren

Dr Guoqian Ren

Research Associate

Email
reng@cardiff.ac.uk
Ehsan Mikaeili

Ehsan Mikaeili

Researcher

Email
mikaeilie@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)77 6150 0029