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Prof Eann Patterson B.Eng., Ph.D., C.Eng., FIMechE., FSEM., PFHEA.

AA Griffith Chair of Structural Materials & Mechanics Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Eng


Macro-scale structural validation

The imperative for a more sustainable society implies a reduction in material and energy consumption by devices, machines and structures, which conflicts with the desire for safety and reliability. Solid mechanics models, validated by experiment, are an essential tool for resolving this conflict and the development of effective validation methodologies for simple and hierarchical models together with their effect on the design process is a focus of work in my research group.

Meso-scale Experimental Mechanics

Optical techniques including DIC, photoelasticity and TSA, are capable of providing detailed strain fields in engineering components. They are being used to evaluate crack tip and wake strain fields and to guide the development of a new (CJP) model. The same techniques are being used to enhance understanding of adhesive and mechanical composite joints.


Recent work at the nano-scale has involved evaluating the interaction of nanoparticles with living cells in order to understand the mechanics of a range of associated biological processes. The experimental work has been performed at the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission DG Joint Research Center, Ispra, Italy.

Research Grants
  • Matrix Optimization for Testing by Interaction of Virtual And Test Environments (MOTIVATE)
  • MAINTAiN - Multi-scAle INTegrity assessment for Advanced high-temperature Nuclear systems
  • Smarter Decisions based on Integrated Modelling & Testing of Structures
  • INfrared STRUctural monitoring of Cracks using Thermoelastic analysis In production enVironmEnts (INSTRUCTIVE).
  • EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Nuclear Fission - Next Generation Nuclear - Equipment
  • Validation of Computational Mechanics Models.
  • VAlidating Numerical Engineering Simulations: Standardising Actions (VANESSA).
  • Risk quantified structural analysis - a new paradigm for engineering design.
Research Collaborations

Professor Wei-Chung Wang

External: National Tsing Hua University

Several research projects at the proposal stage.

JE Mottershead


Joint research proposals and publications

Professor Maurice Whelan

External: EC-JRC

Joint supervision of students and joint publications

M Beer


Joint research proposal

Dr Erwin Hack

External: EMPA

Joint research programmes and publications

Professor John Lambros

External: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Joint research programme with USAF

Professor MN James

External: University of Plymouth

Research collaboration involving exchange of students and joint publications