University Lecturer in Engineering Science
Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PJ, UK
Dr Nik Petrinic is a University Lecturer in Engineering Science and Fellow of Exeter College. He lectures on topics in Structural Engineering and Solid Mechanics. He completed his Dipl.Ing. course in Structural Engineering at the University of Zagreb and his PhD studies and post-doctoral research in numerical modelling of multibody dynamics at the University of Wales, Swansea.
Dr Petrinic’s current research activities are focused on the integration of experimental and predictive modelling methods in Impact Engineering. His particular interests include contact mechanics, constitutive material behaviour at high rates of strain involving strain localisation, damage and dynamic fracture in materials for automotive and aerospace applications. Dr Petrinic leads Oxford’s Impact Team which is currently involved with a number of research projects funded by European Commission, EPSRC, DTI and Rolls-Royce plc. Dr Petrinic’s publications cover a range of topics in experimental observation of material behaviour at high rates of strain, birdstrike on aeroengine components as well as various numerical aspects of predictive modelling of behaviour of materials and structures subjected to impact loading including the discrete element method, parallel processing and inverse modelling.