Reader in Computational Mechanics
Academic Division: Civil Engineering
Research group: Structures
Telephone: +44 1223 3 32716
Dr Cirak's research is focused on computational modelling and analysis of light-weight structures originating from a wide range of applications, including structural engineering, aerospace and marine engineering. Specific areas of research emphasis include:
- advanced discretization methods for integrated design, optimisation and analysis of solids and structural components such as beams, membranes and shells,
- computational fluid-structure interaction with application to micro-air-vehicle design and insect flight, and
- mechanical modelling and computational analysis of large-scale structural membranes, such as parachutes and inflatable decelerators for outer-space applications.
In terms of computational methods development two overriding themes throughout our research are:
- the integration of, traditionally disparate, computational analysis and geometry using immersed and b-spline based finite element discretization techniques,
- the development of scalable computational methods for simulating challenging engineering problems on high-end parallel computers.
Energy, transport and urban infrastructure
Dr Cirak's research is focused on the development of innovative computational techniques that enable and support the modelling and analysis of structures. His work closely interlinks basic research in computational mechanics with the simulation of challenging problems from both science and engineering practice. Current research interests include modelling of membranes and shells, shape and topology optimisation of hierarchical structures and fluid-structure interaction with application to biomimetic energy harvesters.
- Nonlinear Solid Mechanics (Michaelmas term, 2007, 2008, 2010)
- Finite Element Methods (Lent term, 2009, 2011, 2012)
- Structural Analysis and Stability (Lent term, 2007, 2008, 2011 2012)
Dr Cirak is active in research and teaching of computational structural mechanics. Prior to Cambridge, he was a Senior/Associate Scientist at the Center for Advanced Computing Research (CACR) at the California Institute of Technology. He has a PhD in Computational Structural Mechanics from the University of Stuttgart and was a Postoctoral Fellow in Aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology.
Senior/Associate Scientist at the Center for Advanced Computing Research (CACR) at the California Institute of Technology