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Dr Simone Falco

BSc, MSc, DPhil

I am a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Engineering Science and a Non-Stipendiary Lecturer at Oriel College.

I studied Aerospace Engineering (BSc and MSc) at the University “Federico II” of Naples, and then moved to Oxford for my DPhil in Engineering Science.

I was a Research Assistant at Queen Mary University of London before returning to Oxford to continue my research on the micro-mechanics of brittle materials at high rates.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the mechanics of materials at different rates, with particular focus on the behaviour of brittle materials for armour and protection applications.

I am particularly interested on the role of microstructural features on the mechanical response of brittle materials under dynamic loading conditions.

Selected Publications

S. Falco, J. Jiang, F. De Cola, N. Petrinic. “Generation of 3D polycrystalline microstructures with a conditioned Laguerre-Voronoi tessellation technique”. Computational Material Science (2017)

S. Falco, F. De Cola, N. Petrinic. “A method for the generation of 3D representative models of granular based materials”. International Journal of Numerical Methods in Engineering (2017).

A. Norton, S. Falco, N. Young, J. Severs, and R. I. Todd. “Microcantilever investigation of fracture toughness and subcritical crack growth on the scale of the microstructure in Al2O3”. Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2015).

F. De Cola, S. Falco, E. Barbieri, N. Petrinic. “New 3D geometrical deposition methods for close packing of spheres based on tangency”. International Journal of Numerical Methods in Engineering (2015).

S. Falco, P. Siegkas, E. Barbieri, N. Petrinic. “A new method for the generation of arbitrarily shaped 3D random polycrystalline domains”. Computational Mechanics (2014) 1447-1460.