Professor Nik Petrinic

Professor of Engineering Science

Dr. Nik Petrinic
Department of Engineering Science,
University of Oxford, Impact Laboratory
Begbroke Science Park, Begbroke Hill,
Woodstock Road, Begbroke,
+44 1865 2 73172
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  • Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics, University of Swansea, UK (1996)
  • Dipl.Ing. in Structural Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia (1988)

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

Other appointments

  • Visiting Scientist at EMI-Fraunhofer, Freiburg, Germany
  • Consultant: Rolls-Royce plc.

Past Positions

  • 2003-2013 University Lecturer & Tutorial Fellow at Exeter College
  • 2001-2003 Stipendiary Lecturer, St Anne’s College, Oxford, UK
  • 2000-2001 Stipendiary Lecturer, Christ Church College, Oxford, UK
  • 1998-2000 Stipendiary Lecturer, Mansfield College, Oxford, UK
  • 1998-2003 Departmental Lecturer in Engineering Science, University of Oxford, UK
  • 1996-1998 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Swansea, UK
  • 1993-1996 Research Assistant, University of Swansea, UK
  • 1990-1993 Assistant Professor, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Current research projects

Selected Publications

  • Schiffer,A., Tagarielli,V.L., Petrinic,N., Cocks,A.C.F., The Response of Rigid Plates to Deep Water Blast: Analytical Models and Finite Element Predictions. Journal of Applied Mechanics, 2012. 79(6): p. 061014.
  • Gerlach, R., C. Kettenbeil, and N. Petrinic, A new split Hopkinson tensile bar design. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 2012. 50(0): p. 63-67.
  • Gerlach, R., Siviour,C.R., Wiegand,J., Petrinic,N., The strain rate dependent material behaviour of S-GFRP extracted from GLARE®. Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, 2012
  • Wielewski, E., C.R. Siviour, and N. Petrinic, On the correlation between macrozones and twinning in Ti–6Al–4V at very high strain rates. Scripta Materialia, 2012. 67(3): p. 229-232.
  • Tagarielli, V.L., Minisgallo, G., McMillan, A. J., Petrinic, N., The response of a multi-directional composite laminate to through-thickness loading. Composites Science and Technology, 2010. 70(13): p. 1950-1957. [doi link]
  • Wiegand, J., N. Petrinic, and B. Elliott, An algorithm for determination of the fracture angle for the three-dimensional Puck matrix failure criterion for UD composites. Composites Science and Technology, 2008. 68(12): p. 2511-2517. [doi link]
  • Gerlach,R., Siviour,C.R., Petrinic,N., Wiegand,J.: Experimental characterisation and constitutive modelling of RTM-6 resin under impact loading. Polymer, 2008. 49(11): p. 2728-2737. [doi link]
  • Dunne,F.P.D., Petrinic,N.: Introduction to Computational Plasticity; Oxford University Press; ISBN 0-19-856826-6; 2005
  • Pickett,A.K., Pyttel,T., Payen,F., Lauro,F., Petrinic,N., Werner,H., Christlein,J.: Failure prediction for advanced crashworthiness of transportation vehicles; International Journal of Impact Engineering; 30, p.853-872, 2004

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