Computational Mechanics and Design Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Inna Gitman


+44 (0) 114 222 7728

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD


Dr Inna Gitman graduated from Perm State Technical University (Russia) in 2002; where she studied Mathematical Modelling of Systems and Processes. She was awarded her PhD in Civil Engineering from the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) in 2006. The topic was representative volume and multi-scale modelling in quasi-brittle materials. After several postdoctoral jobs (on stochastic characterisation and reliability of saturated soils at the University of Manchester and finite elements for gradient elasticity and computational multi-scale modelling of mechanical stimulation of bone at the University of Sheffield) Dr Gitman joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as a lecturer in 2009.

Research Areas

Dr Gitman’s main research interests are the modelling of solid and bio-materials. The work is mostly computational. The three main themes are Mechanics of Materials, Statistical & Stochastic Analysis and Bio-Mechanics.

Mechanics of Materials:

  • Analysis of the materials behaviour within a multi-scale modelling framework using the homogenisation of Representative Volume Elements
  • Analysis and implementation of gradient-enriched continuum theories that can be used to take into account the micro-structure of materials the their influence on overall behaviour in term of wave dispersion, size effects and strain localisation

Statistical & Stochastic analysis

  • Statistical analysis and stochastic characterisation of randomness in micro-structure of materials and its influence on the overall macro-structural behaviour
  • Stochastic stability analysis


  • Analysis of the behaviour of the bone subjected to osteoporosis
  • Vibration treatment for osteoporotic bones
  • Stress concentrations in fractured bones
  • Modelling of bone as anisotropic continua with microstructure

Recent activities and achievements

Member of the Applied Mechanics Group, in the Institute of Physics


PhD, Computational Mechanics, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, 2006
MSc & BSc Mathematical Modelling of Systems and Processes, Perm State Technical University, Russia, 2002