School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Professor Vadim Silberschmidt DiplEng PhD CEng FIMechE FInstP

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  • Educated at Perm Technical University (USSR). 
  • Research scientist, then senior research scientist, Institute of Mechanics of Continuous Media, USSR Academy of Sciences, Perm, 1985 - 1991. 
  • Senior research scientist, Institute of Geosciences, USSR (Russian) Academy of Sciences, Perm, 1991 - 1995. 
  • Senior research scientist, Department A for Mechanics, Technical University of Munich, Germany, 1996 - 2000. 
  • Joined Loughborough University as Professor of Mechanics of Materials in 2000.
  • Visiting researcher (Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation), Institute for Structure Mechanics DLR (German Aerospace Association), Braunschweig, Germany, 1993 - 1994

Research Interests and Activities

  • Multi-scale models of damage and fracture evolution in microstructured materials
  • Finite-element analysis of complex deformational behaviour, damage and fracture of advanced materials under various loading conditions 
  • Impact fatigue 
  • Analysis of ultrasonically assisted machining
  • Mechanics of composites and nanocomposites
  • Micromechanics and reliability of microelectronic packages 
  • Mechanics of bones and biomaterials
  • Mechanics and micromechanics of nonwoven materials 
  • Modelling of sports materials 

External Activities

  • Editor-in-Chief
    Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Modern Processes(Springer)
  • Associate Editor 
    Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology(ASME)
    Journal of Vibration and Control (SAGE)
  • Journal editorial board memberships: 
    International Journal Materials Science and Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing (Elsevier)
    Computers, Materials & Continua (Tech Science Press)
    International Journal of Automotive Composites (Inderscience)
    Shock and Vibration (Hindawi)
    Advanced Manufacturing: Polymer & Composites Science (Maney Publishing)
  • Guest journal editorships:
    ASME Transactions. Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology (2003); Journal of Sound and Vibration (2007); Shock and Vibration (2011);Computational Materials Science (2012)
  • Professional affiliations: Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; Fellow of the Institute of Physics; Member of EUROMECH; Member of the International Association for Computational Mechanics; Member of the European Structural Integrity Society; Member of the German Society of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM); Member of the German Materials Science Society (DGM)
  • International conferences: co-chair of EUROMECH Colloquia “Computational and Experimental Mechanics of Advanced Materials” Vienna, Austria, 2001 and Loughborough, 2005; co-chair of the 1st International Conference on Vibro-Impact Systems, Loughborough, 2007; member of the organising committees of 5th International Congress on Thermal Stresses and Related Topics, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, 2003; 4th International Conference on Thin-Walled Structures, Loughborough, 2004; International Conferences on Modern Practice in Stress and Vibration Analysis, Bath, 2006, Cambridge, 2009 and Glasgow, 2012; member of the scientific committees of International Conferences on Damage Assessment in Structures, Gdansk, Poland, 2005, Turin, Italy, 2007, Beijing, China, 2009, Oxford, UK, 2011 and Dublin, Ireland, 2013; Mini-symposium organiser, 8th World Congress on Computational Mechanics, Venice, Italy, 2008; Member, International Organisation Committee, 18th International Workshop on Computational Mechanics of Materials IWCMM 18, Beijing, China, 2009; Coordinator, Advanced School 'Computational and experimental mechanics of advanced materials' at the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences (CISM) in Udine, Italy, 2008; Member, International Organisation Committee, International Conference 'Strength of Materials Laboratory at 85 years' (Timisoara, Romania); Member, Advisory Committee, International Conference 'Computational Methods in Engineering and Sciences' CMES 2009 (Hyderabad, India); Member, International Scientific Committee & Co-Chair, Symposium “Dynamic Aspects of Mechanics of Deformation and Fracture”, International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences, Phuket, Thailand, 2009, Las Vegas, USA, 2010, Nanjing, China, 2011, Crete, Greece, 2012 and Seattle, USA, 2013; Co-Chairman of the 2nd International Conference on Vibro-Impact Systems, Sanya, China, 2010; Track Chair, ASME 2010 10th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis ESDA 2010, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010; Mini-Symposium Chair, WCCM-APCOM 2010, 9th World Congress on Computational Mechanics and the 4th Asian Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics, Sydney, Australia, 2010; Co-Chair, 20th International Workshop on Computational Mechanics of Materials IWCMM 2010, Loughborough, UK, 2010; Chair, International Symposium on Dynamic Deformation and Fracture of Advanced Materials 2013; Member of Scientific Committee, International Conference “Designing Against Deformation & Fracture of Composite Materials: Engineering For Integrity Large Composite Structures”, Cambridge, UK; Co-organiser, India-UK Scientific Seminar “Damage and Fracture of Advanced Composites”, Goa, India, 2013; Member, International Scientific Committee, Deformation and Fracture of Composites (DFC-12) & Structural Integrity and Multi-scale Modelling (SI-6); Member, International Organizing Committee, ICCES'13 International Conference on Computational and Experimental Engineering & Sciences, Seattle, USA; Member, International Scientific Committee, Member, International Scientific Committee, 2nd International Conference in Advanced Manufacturing for Multifunctional Miniaturised Devices, Zweibrücken, Germany, 2013; Member, International Organizing Committee, ICCES'14 International Conference on Computational and Experimental Engineering & Sciences, Changwon, Korea, 2014; Member, International Organizing Committee, International Conference on Advances in Micromechanics of Materials, Rzeszów, Poland, 2014; Member, International Advisory Committee, Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics, Melbourne, Australia, 2014.
  • Invited papers to international journals: ASME Transactions. Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology (2003); International Journal of Fracture (2006); Journal of Materials Science (2006, 2008); Composite Science and Technology (2008); Journal of Sound and Vibration (2007); Engineering Fracture Mechanics (2013); International Journal of Fracture (2013); CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology (2013)
  • Advisory Roles:  EPSRC College member; Panel Member of the EU TEMPUS Programme; Expert, European Research Council; Member of the Committee on Mechanics of Materials of German Society of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics; External Assessor of Research Proposals, City University of Hong Kong; External Assessor of Research Proposals, National Research Foundation, South Africa; External Assessor of Research Proposals, Swiss National Science Foundation; External Reviewer, The German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF); External Reviewer, Qatar National Research Fund; External Referee, The Technology Foundation STW, The Netherlands; External Reviewer, Czech Science Foundation; -External Reviewer, MITACS, Canada; External Reviewer.
  • Referee for ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces; Acta Biomaterialia; Aerospace Science and Technology; AIAA Journal; Applied Composite Materials; Applied Mechanics and Materials; Archive of Applied Mechanics; Composite Science and Technology;  Composites A;  Computational Materials Science; Computers and Structures; Computers, Materials, & Continua; Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics; Engineering Fracture Mechanics; IEEE Electron Device Letters; IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing; International Journal of Earth Sciences; International Journal of Fracture; International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation; International Journal of Materials Research; International Journal of Mechanical Sciences; International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems; International Journal of Solids and Structures; Journal of Composite Materials; Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures; Journal of Materials Processing Technology;  Journal of Materials Science; Journal of Sound and Vibration;  Journal of the Royal Society Interface; Key Engineering Materials; Materials Characterization; Materials Chemistry and Physics; Materials Science and Engineering A; Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures; Medical Engineering & Physics; Microelectronic Engineering; Microelectronics Reliability; Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences; Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics; Plastics, Rubber and Composites; Proceedings of Estonian Academy of Sciences; Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B, Journal of Engineering Manufacture Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science; Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G, Journal of Aerospace Engineering; Proceedings of the Royal Society A; Pure and Applied Geophysics; Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering; Science and Technology of Welding and Joining; Scripta Materialia; Smart Materials and Structures; Soldering & Surface Mount Technology; Surface and Coating Technology;  Technische Mechanik; Tectonophysics; Ultrasonics; The Aeronautical Journal; The Journal of the Textile Institute; ZAMM Journal of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics. 
  • Collaborative Research: Current examples include mutual projects with The Nonwoven Institute, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA and various EU FP7 projects.
  • Further evidence of esteem: Director, International Centre of Vibro-Impact Systems


  • A. v. Humboldt Foundation (Germany) Fellowship (1992-1994).
  • Best Paper Award, 8th CIRP International Workshop on Modeling of Machining Operations, Chemnitz, Germany, 2005
  • Best Paper Award, 10th CIRP International Workshop on Modeling in Machining Operations, Reggio Calabria, Italy, 2007
  • President of Tokyo University of Science Prize, 2012