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Dr Mahmoud Mostafavi

Dr Mahmoud Mostafavi

Dr Mahmoud Mostafavi
BSc, MSc, PhD(Bristol)

Reader in Structural Integrity

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I am a mechanical engineer and a materials science enthusiast. My main research interest is structural integrity: fatigue, fracture and creep. I use advanced techniques such as synchrotron X-ray tomography combined with digital volume correlation and finite element modelling to understand the physics of failure in a range of materials. I specialise in image-based solid mechanics in which I integrate full-field techniques such as digital image correlation and finite element formulation to measure engineering parameters for structural integrity. I study damage in ductile and quasi-brittle materials across the length scales from nanometers to component level. 


I received my PhD from The University of Bristol, Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2009; the focus of my doctorate research was combined numerical - experimental analysis of a range of structural integrity problems: multi-axial and mixed mode fracture and micromechanics of metal failure. After my PhD I joined the Materials Performance Centre at The University of Manchester as a research associate, funded by EDF Energy, to study multi-axial damage initiation in nuclear graphite. I then joined The University of Oxford in 2011 as a James Martin Fellow to work on three-dimensional study of damage initiation, successfully combining digital volume correlation and synchrotron X-ray computed tomography to observe and quantify damage nucleation and propagation within the materials. I took up a lectureship at The University of Sheffield, Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2013. At Sheffield, I worked on stroboscopic measurement of dynamic strains using synchrotron X-ray diffraction. In 2015 I returned to Bristol and currently I am a lecturer in strcutural integrity.

I was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at Linacre College, Oxford in 2012 and I sit on the UK Forum for Engineering Structural Integrity (FESI) and British Society for Strain Measurement (BSSM) national councils.



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