Dr Gabriel Hattori
Gabriel Hattori joined Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED) as a research associate in April 2018. Prior to that he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Engineering at Durham University. He is originally from Brazil, obtaining a BSc and MSc from the University of Campinas. Then he moved to Spain where he completed a PhD on numerical methods for damage identification and evaluation on smart materials using neural networks and enriched numerical methods (namely the extended finite element method - XFEM and the boundary element method - BEM) at the University of Seville in 2013. Since 2015 he has been working on the development of the peridynamics framework for anisotropic materials. Peridynamics can be seen as a new and powerful numerical approach for modelling complex crack propagation behaviour such as crack branching and coalescence, and crack initiation. At CUED, he will work on the modelling with peridynamics and scale testing using flexible formwork. His interests include fracture mechanics, smart materials, advanced numerical models and artificial intelligence tools applied to mechanical engineering.