Francesco De Cola

DPhil researcher (since 2013)

francesco.decola at

Exeter College



Research Interests:

  • Granular Materials & ceramics
  • Mechanical experimentation- Impact mechanics and high strain rate characterisation of materials
  • Contact Mechanics
  • Computational Mechanics (FEM, DEM, Meshless Method)
  • Generation of statistically representative micro- and meso-structures
  • Acoustics and vibrations

– “Multiscale Penetration Mechanics of Projectiles through Granular Media using Neutrons and X-rays” funded by Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) aiming at developing radiation based non-destructive imaging and crystal diffraction techniques to formulate and evaluate predictive modeling capabilities using coupled discrete and finite element methods for increased penetration into granular materials for gaining entry into WMD locations. In collaboration with EMI Fraunhofer Institute and University of Tennessee.
Selected Publications:

– De Cola, F., Falco, S., Barbieri, E. & Petrinic, N. (2015), “New 3D geometrical deposition methods for efficient packing of spheres based on tangency”, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Volume 104, Issue 12, Pages 1085–1114.

– De Cola, F., Pellegrino, A., Barbieri, E., Penumadu, D. & Petrinic, N. (2015), “Void ratio based representative volume element for modelling the high strain rate behavior of granular materials”, International Journal of Impact Engineering, Volume 91, May 2016, Pages 46-55, ISSN 0734-743X,

– Falco, S., De Cola, F. & Petrinic, N. (2015), “A method for generation and geometrical packing of statistically representative 3D polyhedral grains”, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, doi: 10.1002/nme.5521.

– Pellegrino, A., De Cola, F., Dragnevski, K. et al. (2016), “The Dynamic Response of Etnean Sand and the Effect of Its Impingement on Ti-6Al-4 V Alloy”, J. dynamic behavior mater. , 2: 438. doi:10.1007/s40870-016-0079-x.