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PERSONAL INFORMATION
Deputy Director in the Civil Engineering Department
PhD in Civil Engineering
Leader of the COSMOSS research group
Computational Mechanics for Solids and Structures
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Santiago, Chile
E-mail: erick.saavedra@usach.cl
SUMMARY

Currently, I am Deputy Director in the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Santiago, Chile.

Between July 2011 and February 2013, I held a position of Post-doctoral Research Officer in the College of Engineering of Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom.

My investigation was part of a project funded by the European Research Council entitled Optimisation of Multi-scale Structures with Applications to Morphing Aircraft, led by Professor Michael I. Friswell. Before taking up this position, I was a Research Assistant between June 2010 and June 2011.

In 2012, I received a Postdoctoral Fellowship granted by the Chilean government (National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research – CONICYT) to continue my postdoctoral program in the United Kingdom, from September 2012 to March 2013.

My PhD was carried out in the Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering, at Swansea University, Wales, in the field of computational mechanics of solids and structures, under the supervision of Professor E.A. de Souza Neto.

I have published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. My research interests are multi-scale finite element methods in non-linear solids mechanics, computational plasticity and constitutive modelling of materials at small and large strains. I have given special attention to the modelling of natural materials, in particular, to wood materials and structures.

I am the leader of the COSMOSS research group (Computational Simulations for the Mechanics of Solids and Structures), which is focused on the development and use of modern computational techniques for a better understanding of the mechanics of solid materials and structures.

I am also very interested in establishing collaboration with enthusiastic researchers. Please feel free to contact me should you are interested!!!


EDUCATION
Postdoctoral Fellowship (Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom)
PhD in Civil Engineering (Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom)
Civil Engineering (Universidad de Santiago, Chile)
 
RESEARCH AREAS
• Non-linear solid mechanics
• Constitutive modelling of wood materials
• Multi-scale computational mechanics
• Composite materials and structures
• Plasticity for small and large strains
• Finite elements in structural engineering
• Nanomechanics
 
PUBLICATIONS

Click here for a full list of my journal and conference papers and citation metrics.

These are some of my selected papers:

Saavedra Flores, E.I., Saavedra, K., Hinojosa, J., Chandra, Y. and Das, R., “Multi-scale modelling of rolling shear failure in cross-laminated timber structures by homogenisation and cohesive zone models”. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 81 2016, pp. 219–232.

Saavedra Flores, E.I., Ajaj, R.M., Adhikari, S., Dayyani, I., Friswell, M.I. and Castro-Triguero, R., “Hyperelastic tension of graphene”. Applied Physics Letters, 106 2015, paper 061901.

• Dayyani, I., Friswell, M.I. and Saavedra Flores, E.I., “A general super element for a curved beam”. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 51(17) 2014, pp. 2931–2939.

Saavedra Flores, E.I. and Friswell, M.I., “Ultrastructural mechanisms of deformation and failure in wood under tension”. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 50(13) 2013, pp. 2050-2060.

Saavedra Flores, E.I. and Friswell, M.I., “Multi-scale finite element model for a new material inspired by the mechanics and structure of wood cell-walls”. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 60(7) 2012, pp. 1296-1309.

• Xia, Y., Friswell, M.I. and Saavedra Flores, E.I., “Equivalent models of corrugated panels”. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 49(13) 2012, pp. 1453-1462.

 

RESEARCH PROJECTS

• Damage assessment in composite sandwich structures based on full-field vibration measurements and automatic image analysis. FONDECYT REGULAR 1170535 (2017-2021). Role: Co-Investigator

• Fortalecimiento de la investigación e innovación en ingeniería mediante la adquisición de una mesa vibradora para el estudio del comportamiento sísmico y vibraciones de estructuras de gran escala. FORTALECIMIENTO Y CREACIÓN DE CAPACIDADES TECNOLOGICAS HABILITANTES PARA LA INNOVACION Y EMPRENDIMIENTO – USACH (2016). Grant value: 28.000 USD, approximately. Role: Director

• Fortalecimiento de la investigación en ingeniería a través de la adquisición de una mesa vibradora para el estudio del comportamiento sísmico y vibraciones de estructuras de gran escala. FONDEQUIP EQM160124 (2016-2018). Grant value: 315.000 USD, approximately. Role: Director

• Advanced Modelling of Ductility and Damage in Mass Timber Structures by Computational Homogenisation. FONDECYT REGULAR 1160691 (2016-2020). Grant value: 285.000 USD, approximately. Role: Principal Investigator

• Ingeniería sismorresistente para diseño estructural de edificios de mediana altura en madera contralaminada de pino radiata crecido en Chile. INNOVA CHILE 15BPE-47270 (2016-2017). Grant value: 285.000 USD, approximately. Role: Deputy Director

• Utilización de la Modelación en Elementos Finitos para la Caracterización Mecánica del Conector de Corte Usado en Sistemas Compuestos de Hormigón y Vigas de Acero Reticuladas. DICYT – USACH (2015-2017). Role: Co-Investigator

• Percepción e impacto sobre la buena utilización de la madera en la vivienda social. DICYT OPINION PUBLICA – USACH (2015-2016). Role: Co-Investigator

• Multi-scale Computational Mechanics for the Description of Wood Materials and Timber Structures. FONDECYT REGULAR 1140245 (2014-2016). Grant value: 120.000 USD, approximately. Role: Principal Investigator

• Estudios de Ingeniería para Introducir en Chile un Sistema de Rápida Ejecución para Edificios de Mediana Altura, utilizando Elementos de Madera Contralaminada. INNOVA CHILE 12BPC2-13553 (2013-2014). Grant value: 240.000 USD, approximately. Role: Deputy Director

• Optimisation of Multi-scale Structures with Applications to Morphing Aircraft. EUROPEAN RESEARCH COUNCIL – ERC (2010-2015). Grant value: €2.500.000. Roles: Post-doctoral Research Officer (2011-2013), PhD Research Assistant (2010-2011)

• Proposición de un Modelo Numérico-Experimental para la Predicción del Comportamiento Estructural de Conexiones en Madera Laminada con Pernos y Barras de Acero Mediante el Método de Elementos Finitos. DICYT – USACH (2006-2007). Role: Principal Investigator

• Investigación del Comportamiento Micro-Mecánico de Fractura Frágil-Dúctil en Acero Estructural Chileno y Soldadura. FONDECYT REGULAR (2000-2002). Role: Research Assistant

• Aplicación del Método de Aproximación Local de la Fractura al Estudio de Acero Estructural A37-24ES y Soldadura. DICYT – USACH (1999). Role: Research Assistant

 
REVIEW ACTIVITIES
Editorial board member of Applied Mathematical Modelling.
Member of the Group of Studies in Engineering 1 – CONICYT. The main duty is to assist technically the High Councils to select:
• FONDECYT REGULAR projects
• FONDECYT INITIATION INTO RESEARCH projects
• FONDECYT POSTDOCTORAL Grants
Ad hoc committee member to assist CONICYT in the selection of the following projects:
• PCI INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS
• PCI INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS
Reviewer for the following refereed journals:
• Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids (ISI)
• International Journal of Solids and Structures (ISI)
• Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (ISI)
• Applied Mathematical Modelling (ISI)
• Journal of Aerospace Engineering (ISI)
• Composite Structures (ISI)
• Computational Materials Science (ISI)
• Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites (ISI)
• BioResources
• Polymers (ISI)
• PLOS One (ISI)
• Acta Mechanica (ISI)
• Computers and Structures (ISI).
• Engineering Fracture Mechanics (ISI).
 
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
• Assistant Professor and Deputy Director (Current position) – Civil Engineering Department, University of Santiago, Chile
• Post-doctoral Research Officer (From July 2011 to February 2013) – Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom
• Research Assistant (From June 2010 to June 2011) – Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom
• Senior Structural Engineer (Part-time) – Black & Veatch, United Kingdom
• Teaching Assistant (September 2007 – July 2009) – Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom
• Structural Engineer (January 2004 – August 2005) – Minmetal (Currently SKM – Minmetal)
• Structural Engineer (March 2003 – December 2003) – Arce, Reciné y Asociados
• Lecturer (March 2003 – December 2003) – Department of Construction, Inacap
• Structural Engineer (October 2002 – February 2003) – K.L Ingeniería y Construcción ltd.
• Lecturer (March 2002 – December 2002) – Universidad Mayor
• Cost Control Engineer (December 2001 – September 2002) – Promet Servicios S.A.
 
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

• Highlighted Article in Smart Materials and Structures (2014), “A review on shape memory alloys with applications to morphing aircraft”. Paper selected as one of the most popular articles among readers and referees, as well as the international press

• Distinguished Lecturer (2012), from the Civil Engineering Department, University of Santiago

• Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012), granted by the Chilean government (National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research – CONICYT) to carry out a postdoctoral program in the United Kingdom, from September 2012 to March 2013

• International Office Postgraduate Scholarship (2007), granted by Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom

• Scientific Initiation Scholarship (1999), for future researchers. Program to form new researchers by inserting young talents in research projects, granted by the Vice-Rectory of Research and Development, University of Santiago, Chile. Sponsor Research project: “Aplicación del Método de Aproximación Local de la Fractura al Estudio de Acero Estructural A37-24ES y Soldadura”

 

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