Behnam Sobhaniaragh


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Academic Biography

Dr Behnam Sobhani is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Mechanical Engineering at Teesside University, where he brings extensive expertise in computational mechanics of lightweight and low carbon materials in multiphysics environments.

Before joining Teesside University, Dr Sobhani conducted groundbreaking research as a postdoctoral researcher at TU-Darmstadt, Germany, focusing on developing micromechanical modelling of lightweight nanocomposite/composite structures, along with his work in thermo-mechanical phase-field modelling for coupled fracture and phase transformation in polycrystalline microstructures. Notably, his academic journey included prestigious research roles at USP and UFRJ, Brazil, where he was awarded the most prestigious postdoctoral fellowship in Brazil by FAPESP. During this time, he has focused on structural integrity and micromechanics of composite structures.

Dr Sobhani holds a Ph.D. in Electro-Mechanical Engineering from Ghent University (UGent), Belgium. In his pioneering thesis conducted at the esteemed Soete Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Construction and Production, he proposed novel methodologies for the structural analysis of composite/nanocomposite structures. Moreover, he earned a second doctorate degree (Doctorate of Science (DSc)) in Computational Mechanics from UFRJ, where his exceptional DSc thesis on fracture mechanics of porous media and hydraulic-induced fractures garnered recognition as the best thesis in the Department of Civil Engineering.

Summary of Research Interests

Dr Sobhani's research expertise spans micromechanics of composites, phase-field modeling, fracture mechanics, and finite element modeling of materials in multiphysics environments. With a remarkable publication record comprising over 40 papers in high-impact Science-Citation-Index journals, he has achieved a significant citation impact, evident from an impressive H-index of 22 and 1550 citations on Google Scholar.

His research is centered around the practical application of computational techniques and novel numerical simulations to gain profound insights into materials' behavior and structural responses across various engineering applications. His research focuses on two primary topics in the realm of Computational Mechanics of Materials in Multiphysics Context (CM3C):

  • Multiscale modeling, design and analysis of lightweight and low carbon footprint metacomposites and nanocomposite structures.
  • Investigation of fracture mechanisms of materials in multiphysics environments.

Dr Sobhani's strengths lie in his ability to combine theoretical knowledge with computational tools, enabling him to tackle complex engineering challenges. His dedication to understanding materials' responses in diverse environments contributes significantly to the advancement of engineering practices. Moreover, his research aligns with the pursuit of environmental sustainability, with the potential to lead to substantial reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.


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