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Alberto Pirrera is an Associate Professor of Nonlinear Structural Mechanics at the Department of Aerospace Engineering of the University of Bristol, where he has been a faculty member since 2013, holding an EPSRC Early Career Research Fellowship (2015-2020), and where he completed his PhD in 2011. Before that, Alberto obtained his Master’s in Aerospace Engineering from Università degli Studi di Palermo, in Italy. His academic home is the Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS), where he is a co-director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing. A modeller and a theoretician specialising in engineering science, Alberto’s research interests lie in the area of structural analysis, design and optimisation. In recent years, he has focused on well-behaved nonlinear structures, on morphing, adaptive and shape changing devices and on wind turbine blades.

Research Interests & Expertise:
• Structural & Solid Mechanics,
• Nonlinear Mechanics,
• Structural Stability,
• Computational Mechanics,
• Morphing and Adaptive Structures,
• Composite Structures,
• Wind Turbine Blade Structures.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Bristol Composites Institute ACCIS
  • ACCIS Core Team
  • Cabot Institute Low Carbon Energy Research


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