Computational Mechanics and Design Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Jose Luis Curiel-Sosa


+44 (0) 114 222 7857

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


Jose Luis comes from Pilas, a village close to Sevilla, Spain. After undertaking his engineering studies at the University of Sevilla, he joined Reyplas, a composite manufacturing company working for the aerospace and chemical sectors. He was awarded a Master of Research (MRes) in Finite Element Analysis and Computer Modelling in Mechanical Engineering from Swansea University. He then completed his PhD on Computational Modelling of Critical Points and Structural Instabilities at Swansea University. From Aug 2005-Sep 2007 he worked as a Research Assistant in Impact Engineering  within the Solid Mechanics Group at the University of Oxford, sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc.

In September 2007, he joined the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, as a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, teaching modules such as 'Numerical Methods' and 'Computer Modelling' in the Schools of Civil and Aerospace Engineering and the Faculty of Mathematics. His research focused on the development of new simulation software for calculating structural collapse and failure in a range of structures and mechanisms. This research was sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. In addition, he investigated the structural integrity of urban design concepts subjected to impact loading, in a project sponsored by FDB Ltd., and also conducted research, sponsored by Rolls-Royce, on damage modelling of aircraft engine blade roots.

In January 2010 he joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, teaching topics such as Finite Element Method, Solid Mechanics, Fatigue, Fracture Mechanics and Aerospace Structures. Since January 2013, he has worked as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He is a member of the European engineers association FEANI (EurIng), a chartered engineer (CEng), and a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE). In his spare time he likes reading Spanish and English Literature, country walks, birdwatching and running.

His research is centred on the broad field of Computational Mechanics, in particular, damage detection and failure in composite materials by using new numerical methods. Some of my current research areas are:

  • Computational damage mechanics and structural integrity
  • Modelling failure in composites
  • Computational Bioengineering

Jose Luis has published over 20 publications: 1 book, 1 chapter-in-book, 1 professional-engineering-magazine interview, over 10 peer-reviewed journal papers, and over 8 conference papers. See his personal web for publication downloads.

Recent activities and achievements

  • Our group has provided a new composite model that can replicate distinct damage modes with a gradual degradation of the stiffness components (paper link).
  • We have successfully applied the eXtended Finite Element Method for analysing delamination on aerospace hybrid composites (a first) (paper link).


PhD(Homol.), Computational Mechanics, P. Univ. Of Catalonia, Spain, 2008
PhD, Computational Mechanics, Swansea University, 2006
MRes, Finite Element Analysis, Swansea University, 2002
Ing.Ind, Ingeniero Industrial, University of Seville, Spain, 2000
CEng, Eur.Ing