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Nik Petrinic


Nik Petrinic DiplIng PhD MA

Professor of Engineering Science

Royal Academy of Engineering/ DSTL Professor of Impact Engineering


Professor Nik Petrinic gained his Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics from the University of Swansea in 1996, following his Dipl.Ing. in Structural Engineering from Croatia's University of Zagreb.

He joined the University of Oxford as a Departmental Lecturer in Engineering Science in 1998.

Among Nik's other duties, he is a Visiting Scientist at EMI-Fraunhofer, Freiburg, Germany and a consultant with Rolls-Royce plc.

Research Interests

  • Impact Engineering
  • Integration of experimental and numerical methods for predictive modelling of the constitutive response of materials, systems and structures to rapidly applied thermo-mechanical loading
  • Discrete/Finite Element and Meshless discretisation with parallel processing for multi-scale modelling
  • Inverse modelling
  • Damage, fracture and contact mechanics
  • Experimental characterisation of materials, systems and structures at a wide range of temperatures and strain rates
  • Metals, ceramics, composites, cellular and hybrid systems

Current Projects