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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

  • Lightweight Fan System Technology Development - SILOET II Project 2 (since Jan 2013, with TSB, Rolls-Royce)
  • Virtual Engine Design Systems - SILOET II Project 10 (since Jan 2013, with TSB, Rolls-Royce, Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, University of Leeds, University of Loughborough, University of Southampton)
  • MAST 3.1.7 Project Cerberus (with Dstl, University of Surrey, University of Loughborough, NP-Aerospace, Ceram, Nanoforce)
  • Multi-Scale Penetration Mechanics of Projectiles Through Granular Media Using Neutron and X-Rays (since Jul 2012, with University of Tennessee and EMI-Fraunhofer)
  • Numerical Modelling of Fragmentation, Penetration and Spallation (since Mar 2012, with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries)
  • Bubble Collapse by Shock Loading (since Feb 2012, with OXYNTIX)
  • Numerical Modelling of Impact Phenomena (since Dec 2010, with Rolls-Royce)
  • Development of multi-scale modelling methodology for simulation of rate dependent behaviour of titanium alloys (since Oct 2010, with TIMET)
  • Numerical modelling of shot peening process (since May 2010, with Rolls-Royce and DEM Solutions)
  • Multi-scale methodology for enhancing damage tolerance of composite materials in submarine environment subject to underwater explosion and depth charge attack - UNDERWATER (since Sep 2009, with EPSRC, Dstl, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, University of Oslo, DES-SSG, WAI)
  • Understanding and Improving Ceramic Armour Materials - UNICAM (since Apr 2009, with EPSRC, Dstl, Morgan Advanced Ceramics, University of Loughborough)
  • Investigation of rate dependent behaviour of titanium foams (since Oct 2007, with EPSRC, Rolls-Royce)
  • Optimal fan blade design for bird strike (since Oct 2005, with Rolls-Royce)