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Staff Profile: Prof S P A Bordas


Prof Stephane P A Bordas
Ph.D. MSc Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (2003) Northwestern University, USA



Director, Institute of Mechanics & Advanced Materials

Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow (2009-2010)

ERC Starting Independent Research Grant funded (June 2011) with Dr. Kerfriden


Teaching Discipline:

Architectural, Civil & Environmental Engineering


Research Theme:

Mechanics, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing


Research Group:

Advanced Materials and Computational Mechanics Group



Research Office



Room W/2.43 Newport Road



+44 (0)29 2087 5941 (direct line)





Born in Paris, France in 1975, I joined the Theoretical Applied and Computational Mechanics team at Cardiff University on 1st September 2009, as a Professor.

Before this, I was a lecturer in Glasgow University Civil Engineering Department for three years (2006-2009).

Between 2003 and 2006, I was at the Laboratory of Structural and Continuum Mechanics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, working under the support of Professor Thomas Zimmermann on meshfree point collocation methods and partition of unity enrichment (extended finite elements) with applications to geomechanics.

In 2003, I graduated in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics with a Ph.D. from Northwestern University under the guidance of Professor Brian Moran. My thesis, funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, concentrated on applications of the extended finite element method (XFEM) to damage tolerance analysis of complex structures, casting design and biofilm growth processes. In addition to the unique support of Professor Moran, this work would never have been possible without Professor James Conley and Professor David Chopp as well as the instruction of Professor Ted Belytschko.

In 1999, through a joint graduate programme of the French Institute of Technology (Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics) and the American Northwestern University I complete a dual M.Sc. after a thesis work on Time Domain Reflectometry simulation to assess ground movements with Professor Charles H. Dowding.

My areas of expertise are:
Computational mechanics with an emphasis on moving discontinuities (mechanics of fracture, biofilm and tumour growth, etc.)

Method development (enriched/extended finite elements, meshfree methods, smooth strain finite elements)

Evolving discontinuities (level set methods, partition of unity enrichment

Academic research/industrial applications: bridging the gap (porting novel methods to industrial codes, real-world applications of computational mechanics and novel method development)

More recently developed areas of interest include:

High Performance Computing

Surgical Simulation


Microstructurally-faithful material modelling

Multiscale simulation

Model Reduction techniques


Professional Activities and Recognition:

Member of EPSRC Peer Review College (2012-)


- Asian journal of computational engineering

Editorial board (advisory panel) member:

- Computers and Structures
-Proceedings of ICE journal Engineering and Computational Mechanics
-Advances in Engineering Software
-Journal of Software Engineering and Applications (JSEA)
- International Journal of Computational Methods
- Mathematical problems in engineering

Promotion committees:

- Cranfield
- Swansea University

Peer reviewer for:

- UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council Peer Review College (2012-)
- NRF, South Africa (2012-)
- Portugal Research Council FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (2012-)
- Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation's Programmes (2011-)
- Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia (2011-)
- Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) UK (2009-)
- Czech National Science Foundation (2005-)
- Kazakhstan, National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation (2010-)

Honorary member of the TECHNET alliance

Member of the French Structural Mechanics Association

Member of the Engineering Professors’ Council

Reviewer for international journals:

Acta Mechanica
Advances in Engineering Software
Advances in Water Resources
African Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science Research
Applied Mathematical Modelling
Applied Numerical Mathematics

Applied Physics Letters
Archives of Mechanics
Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Computational Mechanics
Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
Computers and Fluids
Computers and Structures
Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements
Engineering Computations
Engineering Fracture Mechanics
European Journal of Mechanics A Solids
Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures
Finite Elements in Analysis and Design
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids

International Journal of Computer Mathematics
International Journal of Fracture
International Journal of Mechanical Sciences
International Journal of Metal Forming

International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat and Fluid Flow
International Journal of Solids and Structures
International Journal of Thermal Sciences
John Wiley and Sons Books
Journal of Applied Mathematics
Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computing
Journal of Applied Mechanics
Journal of Composite Materials

Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics
Journal of Computational Physics
Journal of Software Engineering and Applications (JSEA)
Journal of Sound and Vibrations

Journal of Strain Analysis
Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE A
KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering

Mathematical and Computer Modelling
Mathematics and Computers in Simulation
Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures
Medical Engineering and Physics
Microelectronics Reliability
Modelling and Simulation in Engineering
Nuclear Engineering and Design
Proceedings of the Royal Society A
Structural Engineering and Mechanics
Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Wave Motion
International Journal for Computational Methods in Engineering Science & Mechanics
Modelling and Simulation in Materials
Science and Engineering
Journal of Composite Materials
International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery


2013 June 11-14 MAFELAP 2013 Invited Speaker
2013 May 20-24 CISM Advanced Course on 'Iso- and Super-Geometric Methods for Numerical Simulation'
2013 April 19, Northwestern University “Critical Assessment of the State of the Art Mechanics and Computational Methods for Predicting Fracture and Failure of Solids and Structures” in honor of Prof. Belytschko’s 70th birthday
2012 November 14 Oxford Workshop - The eXtended Finite Element Method and Enriched Meshfree Methods in Practice
2012 October (CBM VII) Keynote Lecture (Cutting simulation of soft tissues in real time) jointly with MICCAI 2012
2012 September 10-14 (ECCM 2012) Semi-plenary lecture (Surgical Simulation)
2012 September ECT2012, Dubrovnik, Keynote lecturer
2012 August Berlin Workshop on Partition of Unity Methods (2 keynote invited lectures)
2012 July IUTAM Symposium 'Fracture phenomena in nature and technology' and IUTAM Summer School Lecturer
2012 March ACME School (Extended Finite Element Method)
2011 October Imperial Multiscale Methods for Fracture (Institute of Civil Engineers)
2011 June Spencer Institute (Reducing the computational cost in computational fracture mechanics) (Keynote)
2011 March (28-31), DEMEASS Conference Luxembourg (Keynote)
2011 March 18 Liverpool Workshop on Fracture
2011 January 12 Loughborough University
2010 September ECT2010 Valencia (Keynote)
2010 August 2-12 Vietnam HANOI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY and Tong Duc Thang University
2010 June 24 Universite de Liege, Belgium (Département Argenco : Secteur MS2F / Mécanique des solides)
2010 June 16 Heriot Watt Edinburgh (Mech. Eng.)
2010 June 7 Oxford (Department of Engineering Science)
2010 April 29 BAE Systems Bristol
2010 April 27 Cardiff (Mathematics)
2010 April 23 Leeds (Computational PDEs Unit)
2010 April 7 Durham (Eng. & Comp. Sci)
2010 February 17 Liverpool (Civil)
2010 February 10 Imperial (Aerospace)
2009 February 18 Imperial (Mechanical)


Imperial College London
Durham University
U. of Newcastle
Cardiff U.
U. of Glasgow
U. of Huddersfield
Delft University of Technology
INSA Lyon (Rapporteur)
U. Politecnica de Catalunya (Jury Member)
U. de Saragoza (Jury Member)
U. of Liège, Belgium (2)

Conference Scientific Committee

- 1st UK EPSRC Conference on Patient-Specific Modelling and Translational Research, Cardiff, UK, Jan 2012
- XFEM 2013 ECCOMAS Thematic Conference, Lyon, France, Sept 2013


Soitec SA
Bosch GmbH
Cenaero, Belgium
inuTech GmbH
Virtual Vehicles, Austria
Culgi BV, Netherlands
Goldbeck Consulting Ltd, UK
Rolls-Royce plc
Simpleware ltd
Zencrack ltd


Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
UC San Diego (ITN), USA
INRIA, (ERC), France
UPV (ITN), Spain
BHU Weimar (ITN), Germany
University of Western Australia (ERC), Australia
Tongji University, (EPSRC) China
College of Petroleum Engineering, Department of Oil and gas well engineering, China
University of Petroleum
University of Oklahoma, USA
Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Cachan, France
Tsinghua University, Dalian University of Technology, Brigham Young University, University of Texas at Austin
VIF Virtual Vehicle, Graz, Austria
University of Graz, Austria
University of the Witwatersrand (FP7)
Carnegie Mellon University, USA (FP7)
University of Glasgow (EPSRC)
Imperial College London
Fraunhofer institute, Germany
Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
National Technical University of Athens
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
UPC, Spain
Northwestern University, USA
Tel Aviv University, Israel


International Scientific Committee for the third African Conference on Computational Mechanics – An IACM supported event - 2013