Dr Georgios Drosopoulos
Lecturer, Civil Engineering
School of Engineering
Georgios is a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at University of Central Lancashire and Honorary Associate Professor at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa. He has significant research experience in structural engineering/computational mechanics. He has participated in several research projects, has supervised PhD and MSc students and has published several articles in international journals, proceedings and book chapters. Georgios has also significant teaching experience. He has received two Best Lecturer awards (UKZN).
Georgios is active in several research efforts which focus among others on data-driven structural mechanics, multi-scale computational homogenisation for composite materials, numerical modelling and optimisation of graphene and carbon nanotube reinforced nanocomposites as well as simulation of structures under fire actions. Other research interests include investigation of the structural response of masonry arches and buildings. Georgios has developed non-linear finite element analysis codes. He has also extensive experience with commercial finite element analysis software (Abaqus, Ansys, Comsol).
He is the first co-author, among two, in a book on Nonlinear Mechanics for Composite Heterogeneous Structures (CRC Press, Taylor and Francis, in preparation).
Currently, he supervises PhD and MSc students and he participates in international collaborations. His teaching activities in UCLan include Civil Engineering Materials, Advanced Structural Engineering and Design. Georgios is keen to collaborate with new MSc and PhD students.
After completion of his PhD studies, Georgios worked for 3 years in industry as structural engineer (2007-2010). In 2012 he was awarded a post-doctoral scholarship, to conduct research in computational mechanics. His post-doctoral studies were held in the Continuum Mechanics Institute, at Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany (2012-2014) and at Technical University of Crete, Greece (2014-2016). In 2016 he was appointed Senior Lecturer at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa. In 2019, he was promoted to Associate Professor. Since October 2020 he holds a Honorary Associate Professor position at UKZN.
Since November 2020, Georgios has a Lecturer position, at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), UK. Georgios is the organizer and head of the Structural Engineering and Computational Mechanics group (SECM, UKZN). He also serves as a reviewer in various scientific journals.
Currently, he supervises several PhD and MSc students, in topics related to data-driven mechanics, structural analysis of masonry arches and buildings, numerical modelling of masonry buildings under blast actions, as well as numerical modelling and optimization of nanocomposite materials.
- PhD Structural Engineering, University of Ioannina, Greece, 2006
- Master of Science Pedagogical Sciences, School of Pedagogical & Technological Education, Greece, 2010
- Degree in Civil Engineering (MEng equivalent, 5 years’ curriculum), National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 2002
- Research Fellowship Award, Greek Diaspora Fellowship Programme, Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation (supported by the Fulbright Programme), 2019
- Research Excellence Award for outstanding research contribution in the School of Engineering, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, 2019
- Successful proposal for writing a book after review, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis: Non-linear Mechanics for Composite Heterogeneous Materials, 2019
- Best Lecturer in Civil Engineering (voted by third and fourth year students), UKZN, 2019
- Best Lecturer in Civil Engineering (voted by third and fourth year students), UKZN, 2018
- C-3 Rated Scientist (after strict review), National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF), 2017
- Post-doctoral research fellowship award, 2012
- Numerical modelling for structures and materials using the finite element method
- Multi-scale computational homogenization for composite materials
- Data-driven structural analysis/homogenization
- Numerical modelling and optimization of graphene and carbon nanotube composite materials
- Numerical modelling of auxetics
- Finite element analysis of structures in fire conditions
- Numerical modelling of masonry arch bridges and masonry buildings
- Structural response of masonry structures under blast actions
- Honorary Associate Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
- Chartered Professional Civil Engineer (2007), Technical Chamber of Greece
- Editorial board member, Frontiers in Build Environment (Computational Methods in Structural Engineering)
- Reviewer for the journals: Composites Part B: Engineering, Materials and Structures, Construction and Building Materials, Materials and Design, Engineering Structures, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Structures, Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, Archive of Applied Mechanics, Advances in Structural Engineering, Automation in Construction, International Journal of Masonry Research and Innovation, International Journal of Architectural Heritage, Frontiers in Build Environment, Optimization and Engineering
The framework of three ongoing research efforts are presented below.
The description involves a) data-driven structural analysis and homogenization, b) multi-scale computational homogenization and c) analysis and optimization of nanocomposite materials.
a) Fusion of data mining and computational mechanics is a modern approach for the exploitation of available data within rigorous modeling. First steps in this direction have been focused on the usage of neural networks and other soft computing tools as metamodeling tools. This framework seems suitable for numerical homogenization techniques, where the lower-level analysis of a detailed Representative Volume Element (RVE) is replaced by a prediction based on a previously prepared database. Numerically prepared data are used here, although the method can be used with experimental data as well. In this case, the need for a constitutive description of the fine scale is bypassed, leading to data-driven analysis. Extraction of material properties from the database, required by the upper-level finite element analysis, can be based on backpropagation artificial neural networks. The method is applicable to composite materials and masonry structural systems.
b) Multi-scale computational homogenization stands for the exploitation of the microscopic scale of heterogeneous materials (masonry, concrete, composites) and the projection of average material properties in the macro, structural scale, in the framework of a concurrent analysis of both the macro and the microstructure. Within this method, the macroscopic constitutive behaviour is determined during simulation, after solving the microscopic problem and transferring the necessary information on the macroscopic scale. Related research efforts focus on applying unilateral contact in the microscopic scale of discrete composite materials, in a multi-scale framework. Damage across the boundaries of the Representative Volume Element (RVE) and the tensile resistance of the considered interfaces are also taken into account. In the macroscopic scale, the Extended Finite Element Method (XFEM) has been chosen for incorporating the microscopic damage, as a discontinuity, at the structural level.
c) Optimal design and analysis of graphene/fibre reinforced laminated nanocomposite plates with respect to maximizing the fundamental frequency or minimizing the weight is studied using numerical modelling and optimization. Optimal design solutions are given for different sets of design parameters. Purpose of this approach is to assess and compare different levels of optimization by means of a design efficiency index and as such to determine the effectiveness of different design parameters in maximizing the fundamental frequency or minimizing the weight. Optimization is implemented using a Sequential Quadratic Programming algorithm and the mechanical properties of graphene/fibre nanocomposite are determined via micromechanical relations. Vibration analysis is conducted by the finite element method using four-noded Mindlin plate elements. Results are obtained for simply supported (SSSS), clamped (CCCC) and simply supported-clamped boundary conditions for opposite edges (SCSC). It is observed that non-uniform distributions of graphene and fibre as well as fibre orientations are quite effective in improving the design efficiency.
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- Structural Engineering and Computational Mechanics group (SECM), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
- Computational Mechanics and Optimization Institute (COMECO), Technical University of Crete, Greece
- JW Nelson Fund, Design, Analysis and optimization of graphene and nanotube reinforced nanocomposites (Principal Investigator), 2019
- Greek Diaspora Fellowship Programme (Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation, Fulbright Programme), Collaborative research and postgraduate student mentoring in the field of graphene reinforced nanocomposite materials, design and optimization, enhanced with shunted piezoelectric components, using functionally graded concepts and innovative optimization techniques (Principal Investigator), 2019
- Ancient masonry castle Fragkokastello, Crete, Greece, Investigation of damage, proposal of structural reinforcement, proposals for new usage of the monument (Research Collaborator), 2015
- Action of Supporting Postdoctoral Researchers co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Greek State, A Multiscale Approach on Non Smooth Contact Mechanics: Computational Interaction of Nano, Micro and Macro Scale (Principal Investigator), 2012
- Archimedes III Research Project, Operational Programme “Education and Lifelong Learning” co-financed by Greece and the European Union, Modelling, Simulation and Control of Composite Smart Structures (Research Collaborator), 2012
- Recording and Scientific Documentation of the Stone Bridges of Epirus, Greece (Research Collaborator), 2006
- Research award for publication productivity (Principal Investigator), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban South Africa, 2410,00 £, 2021
- Research award for publication productivity (Principal Investigator), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban South Africa, 1000,00 £, 2020
- JW Nelson Fund, Innovative and Collaborative Award (Principal Investigator), South Africa, 9760,00 £, 2019
- Research Fellowship Award, Greek Diaspora Fellowship Programme, Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation, Fulbright Programme (Principal Investigator), 8000,00 $, 2019
- Research Excellence Award for Outstanding Research Contribution (Principal Investigator), University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 1000,00 £, 2019
- 2019, Erasmus+, Key Action 1: Mobility for learners and staff – Higher Education Student and Staff Mobility (Principal Investigator), 12160,00 €
- 2017, Erasmus+, Key Action 1: Mobility for learners and staff – Higher Education Student and Staff Mobility (Principal Investigator), 6960,00 €
- Research grant award for rated researchers (Principal Investigator), National Research Foundation, South Africa, 2900,00 £, 2018
- Research award for publication productivity (Principal Investigator), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban South Africa, 5260,00 £, 2017
- Post-doctoral research fellowship (Principal Investigator), Action of Supporting Postdoctoral Researchers co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Greek State 104312,64 €, 2012
- Archimedes III Research Project (Research Collaborator), Operational Programme “Education and Lifelong Learning” co-financed by Greece and the European Union, 89000,00 €, 2012
- Programme 1.3: Development and Support of Innovation, Action 1.3.1: Society of Informatics (Research Collaborator), Co-Funded by the European Union and the Greek State, 74500,00 €, 2006
- Seventh International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (SEMC), 2019
- 13th World Congress in Computational Mechanics, New York, US, 2018
- 5th International Conference on Computational Contact Mechanics (ICCCM), Lecce, Italy, 2017
- International Conference "Coordinating Engineering For Sustainability and Resilience", Jordan University of Science and Technology, Dead Seas – Jordan, 2017
- 10th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (SAHC), Leuven, Belgium, 2016
- 9th German-Greek-Polish Symposium, Recent Advances in Mechanics, Chania, Greece, 2016
- Contact Mechanics International Symposium (CMIS), Warsaw, Poland, 2016
- ECCOMAS Congress, VII European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering, Crete Island, Greece, 2016
- International Conference on Computational Contact Mechanics, Hannover, Germany, 2015
- 1st ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on International Conference on Uncertainty Quantification in Computational Sciences and Engineering, Crete Island, Greece, 2015
- Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Soft Computing Technology in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Stirlingshire, Scotland, 2015
- 8th GRACM International Congress on Computational Mechanics, Volos, Greece, 2015
- IV. International Conference on Computational Contact Mechanics, Hannover, Germany, 2015
- 5th European Conference on Computational Mechanics (ECCM V), 6th European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics (ECFD VI), Barcelona, Spain, 2014
- Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology, B.H.V. Topping and P. Iványi, Stirlingshire, Scotland, 2014
- Proceedings in Contact Mechanics International Symposium (CMIS), Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2014
- Proceedings of the 10th HSTAM International Congress on Mechanics, Chania, Crete, Greece, 2013
- Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Computational Modeling of Fracture and Failure of Materials and Structures (CFRAC), Prague, Czech Republic, 2013
- 3rd International Conference on Computational Contact Mechanics (ICCCM), Lecce, Italy, 2013
- Proceedings of the COMSOL Conference, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2013
- Proceedings in the 8th German-Greek-Polish Symposium, Goslar, Germany, 2013
- COST, Proceedings of the International Conference, Application of Structural Fire Engineering, Prague, Czech Republic, 2013
- Proceedings of the 7th GRACM International Congress on Computational Mechanics, Athens, Greece, 2011
- COST, Proceedings of the International Conference, Application of Structural Fire Engineering, Prague, Czech Republic, 2011
- Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Computational Contact Mechanics (ICCCM), Hannover, Germany, 2011
- Proceedings of the 13th CC2011 International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing, Crete, Greece, 2011
- 7th Meeting of Unilateral Problems in Structural Analysis, Palmanova, Italy, 2010
- Proceedings of the 9th HSTAM International Congress on Mechanics, Limassol, Cyprus, 2010
- Proceedings of the 31st International Symposium on Mechanics of Materials, Crete, Greece, 2010
- 1st Abaqus Users Conference, Athens Golf Club, Glyfada, Greece, 2008
- Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement for Concrete Structures, University of Patras, Patra, Greece, 2007
- Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Arch Bridges, Madeira, Portugal, 2007
- Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Computational Mechanics - Solids, Structures and Coupled Problems in Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal, 2006
- Proceedings of the 15th Concrete Conference, Alexandroupolis, Greece (in Greek), 2006
- Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Nonsmooth/Nonconvex Mechanics with Applications in Engineering (NNMAE), Thessaloniki, Greece, 2006