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Dr Antonio Pellegrino


Antonio Pellegrino DPhil MSc

Departmental Lecturer in Impact Engineering


Professor Antonio Pellegrino completed a Laurea Degree (equivalent to BSc + MSC) (2008) and PhD (2012) in Mechanical Engineering at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (DIIM), University of Catania, Italy, where he worked primarily on designing a direct tension Hopkinson Bar apparatus and on studying the properties of materials under high strain rate of deformation using the split Hopkinson bar.

Antonio started in Oxford as a postdoctoral researcher in February 2012 and was appointed to his current position in November 2017.

Research Interests

  • Strain rate and temperature dependence on the behaviour of lightweight metal alloys
  • Mechanical behaviour of syntactic foams and cellular materials at high strain rate
  • Granular materials subjected to impact loading
  • Dynamic Behaviour of abradable coatings
  • Mechanical behaviour of human and animal eye lenses
Engineering Impact Laboratory

Current Projects


Development of a novel combined tension-torsion Hopkinson Bar apparatus for the measurement of the behaviour of engineering materials at high strain rate under complex stress states


Understanding of the effects of temperature and strain rate on isotropic and kinematic hardening of titanium alloys.