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I have completed a Mechanical Engineering degree (Argentina, 2005) and a MSc and PhD in microstructural fracture mechanics (Seville, 2012) under the supervision of Prof Alfredo Navarro, a leading academic in the field. My PhD work focused on modelling the effect of the material microstructure and the size and shape of the component on small fatigue crack propagation. After completing my PhD, I was appointed as a Senior Research Associate (RA) in Structural Integrity at The University of Manchester (UoM), where I was supervised by one of the UK’s foremost experts in Structural Integrity, Prof Bob Ainsworth. In this period (June 2013- Sep 2016), I worked and contributed to a number academic projects, funded by the BP (Oil and Gas) and EDF energy (Nuclear), in characterising fracture, fatigue, plastic collapse and corrosion-fatigue (CF) behaviour of high integrity components.
In October 2016 I was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the University of Malaga (Spain) to investigate the use of ultrasonic inspection data in structural integrity assessments, a research work performed in collaboration with University of Manchester.
In March 2017 I was appointed Lecturer in Structural Integrity at the University of Bristol where I am the Unit Director of the Nuclear Reactor Engineering Course for the MSc in Nuclear Science and Engineering.
My background is in Structural Engineering, Computational Mechanics and Fracture Mechanics with rich experience in developing and integrating novel modelling capabilities with mechanistic-based damage models for structural integrity and life assessments
My goal is to identify and isolate the hidden but fundamental causes of damage mechanisms and to do research by engaging with the structural integrity community effectively, as demonstrated in the number of publications I have co-authored with researchers from other departments and Universities.
• “Mind the GAP” in FFS assessment procedures- Organization Committee and facilitator. (Jun. 2014-Present). Manchester (UK).
• The Structural Integrity Course (www.sicourse.com)- Organization Committee and facilitator (Jan. 2016-Present).
Structured keywords and research groupings
- Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research
- Cabot Institute Low Carbon Energy Research
- Fracture mechanics
- Damage tolerance
- Fitness for service
- Oil and Gas
- Additive manufacturing
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19/11/19 → 18/11/23
Welding processes used with Nickel-Aluminium Bronze components for service in the marine environment
23/09/19 → 8/03/24
Development of a microstructural cohesive zone model for intergranular hydrogen environmentally assisted crackingDe Francisco, U., Larrosa, N. O. & Peel, M. J., 1 Feb 2022, In: Engineering Fracture Mechanics. 260, 108167.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile19 Downloads (Pure)
3D characterisation of hydrogen environmentally assisted cracking during static loading of AA7449-T7651De Francisco, U., Beckmann, F., Moosmann, J., Larrosa, N. O. & Peel, M. J., Nov 2021, In: International Journal of Fracture. 232, 1, p. 93-116 24 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)14 Downloads (Pure)
Pit to crack transition and corrosion fatigue lifetime reduction estimations by means of a short crack microstructural modelBalbín, J. A., Chaves Repiso, V. & Larrosa, N. O., Mar 2021, In: Corrosion Science. 180, 109171.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen Access2 Citations (Scopus)