PhD opportunities (2020) 

Aircraft Design

Composite Structures 

Fatigue/Fracture Modelling

Aeroengines Fretting Fatigue

System Dynamics

Transonic Buffeting

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Jose Luis Curiel-Sosa

Figure showing damage on   cross-ply laminate after impact. Curiel-Sosa et al. IJ Damage Mechanics (2013)


Dr Curiel-Sosa is a lecturer of  Aircraft Design and Aircraft Aeroelasticity at the University of Sheffield. He  has  conducted research in the field of structural integrity of composite aerostructures and nonlinear materials since 2002. His main expertise is focused on the development of computational and analytical tools for the prediction and assessment of damage and fracture in composite aerostructures and nonlinear materials. He is also interested on the field of aircraft/spacecraft design and aeroelasticity interlinked to the use of novel advanced materials in aerospace. He completed his PhD at University of  Swansea  and his post-doc at the University of Oxford (see below).

He leads the Computer-Aided Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (CA2M) ; (research projects).

CA2M Research Group

Computer-Aided Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering -CA2M-   is a research group   based at  the University  of Sheffield.  Its aim is to develop novel research for enhanced predictive computational tools and to  find  solutions to  engineering problems by means of advanced computer methods that can serve    the industrial practice.   The group  investigate within a wide range  of topics  including:

  • Advanced computational analyses of  nonlinear structures  (composites, FGM, piezoelectric, elastic-plastic,...).
  • Innovative aerospace designs and systems through  the advancement of  numerical tools.
  • Enhancement of structural integrity analyses through the  development of  tailored computational techniques.
  • Failure assessment and prediction of damage (fracture, fatigue, ...)
  • Damage prediction in machining of composites.
  • Contribution to the  advancement of  methodologies  for Aeroelasticity (flutter, divergence, control reversal, unsteady aerodynamics)

All above is  conducted by using novel computational tools (XFEM, XIGA, DEM,...) for enhanced reliability and accurateness.  Although the  origin of CA2M is within the aerospace and mechanical engineering theme, problems in other engineering branches such as civil  are also undertaken.

Professional Activities and Recognition

- Full member of the EPSRC College of Reviewers

- Reviewer for research grant proposals:

- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

- Croatian Science Foundation (CSF)

- National Science Centre, Poland (NCN)

- Referee for 21 indexed scientific journals

- Inspirational Teaching Award nomination-by-students (2011)

- PhD external examiner (UK and internationally)

- Chairman -minisymposium- at 11th World Congress Comput Mechs

- Chairman -minisymposium- at 6th European Congress Comp Mech

- Invited external research seminars (Imperial College, Barcelona UPC, Sheffield Hallam, Swansea University)

- Member of the European Engineers Association (FEANI): EurIng

- Chartered engineer, UK Engineering Council (CEng).

- Co-Chair N8 High Performance Computing Network Event, N8HPC

- Affiliate, International Association of Computational Mechanics

- Affiliate, UK Association of Computational Mechanics (ACME).

- Member of Computational  Mechanics and Design (CMD).

Research Interests

Composite Structures

- Prediction damage modelling

- Delamination

- Machining (UD composites, laminates,...)

Aircraft Design

- Numerical/Computational Evaluation

- Aeroelasticity and Load Control

- Structural Integrity

- Flutter Prediction

Computational Mechanics

- Multiscale techniques

- eXtended Finite Element Method (XFEM)

- eXtended Isogeometric Analysis (XIGA)

- Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)

- Finite Element Analyses (FEA)

Damage and Fracture Modelling

- Aerostructures

- Impact (composites, nonlinear materials,...)

- Wear and contact deterioration

Research Projects

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PhD & Post-Doc

PhD under the guidance of Prof D Roger J Owen, in the field of Computational Mechanics. Subsequently, he worked as a Post-doc in Impact Engineering at the University of Oxford (post funded by Rolls-Royce) under the supervision of Prof N Petrinic.