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Dr Simone Falco

BSc, MSc, DPhil

Dr Simone Falco is a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Engineering Science and a Non-Stipendiary Lecturer at Oriel College.

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

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

Research Interests

Dr Falco’s 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.

She is 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.