School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Professor Vadim Silberschmidt DiplEng PhD CEng FIMechE FInstP

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Professor of Mechanics of Materials

Head of Mechanics of Advanced Materials Research Group

Chair, Research Theme "Materials and Measurement"

Director, International Centre of Vibro-Impact Systems (ICoVIS)


Professor Vadim Silberschmidt was appointed to the Chair of Mechanics of Materials at the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University, UK in 2000. Prior to this he was a Senior Researcher at the Institute A for Mechanics at Technische Universität München in Germany. Educated in the USSR, he worked at the Institute of Continuous Media Mechanics and Institute for Geosciences (both - the USSR (later – Russian) Academy of Sciences). In 1993 – 1994 he worked as a visiting researcher, Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation at Institute for Structure Mechanics DLR (German Aerospace Association), Braunschweig, Germany. In 2011-2014he was Associate Dean (Research). He is a Charted Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Institute of Physics, where he also chaired Applied Mechanics Group in 2008-2011.


  • Chartered Engineer
  • Fellow, Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • Fellow, Institute of Physics
  • Member, European Mechanics Society (EUROMECH)
  • Member, International Association for Computational Mechanics
  • Member, European Structural Integrity Society
  • Member, German Society of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM)
  • Member, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Member, European Association for the Promotion of Research into the Dynamic Behaviour of Materials and its Application (DYMAT)


Key Awards: 

  • Honorary Professor, Perm National Research Polytechnic University, Russia, 2015
  • President of Tokyo University of Science Prize, 2012
  • A. v. Humboldt Fellowship, Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany, 1992-94
  • Medal of the Ministry of Higher Education of the USSR ‘For the Best Student Research Project’, 1981
  • Medal of the Ministry of Higher Education of the Russian Federation ‘For the Best Student Research Project’, 1980





Main research interests:


  • Damage and fracture evolution in microstructured materials
  • Numerical analysis of complex deformational behaviour, damage and fracture of advanced materials under various loading conditions
  • Mechanics of composites and nanocomposites
  • Mechanics of biological and biomedical materials
  • Dynamic deformation, damage and fracture
  • Impact fatigue
  • Analysis of ultrasonically assisted machining
  • Mechanics of processes and manufacturing methods in advanced materials
  • Micromechanics and reliability of microelectronic materials
  • Mechanics and micromechanics of nonwoven materials
  • Modelling of sports materials


Grants and contracts:


  • 2011-2013 Deformation and failure mechanisms of low-density nonwoven fabrics, NCRC
  • 2012-2015 Vibro-impact machines based on parametric resonance: Concepts, mathematical modelling, experimental verification and implementation (PARM-2), EU FP7
  • 2013-2015 Deformation and damage in advanced composites for aerospace applications, The Royal Society – RFBR
  • 2013-2016 Parametric modelling of mechanical properties of spunbond nonwovens, NCRC
  • 2014-2018 Trans-Atlantic Micromechanics Evolving Research "Materials containing inhomogeneities of diverse physical properties, shapes and orientations”, EU FP7
  • 2014-2017 MAST: Modelling of advanced materials for simulation of transformative manufacturing processes, EPSRC and DST, Indian Government
  • 2015-2019 Novel cell migration assay based on microtissue technology and tissue-specific matrices, EU, Horizon 2020
  • 2015-2017 ASCEND - Accurate simulation and casting for efficient design, Innovate UK




Teaching responsibilities: 

  • MMD100 Structural Integrity
  • MMP130 Structural Analysis


Administrative responsibilities: 

  • Head of Mechanics of Advanced Materials Research Group
  • Chair, Research Theme “Materials and Measurement”
  • Member, Wolfson School Research Committee





  • X. Gao, Z. Shi, P. Kuśmierczyk, C. Liu, G. Yang, I. Sevostianov, V.V. Silberschmidt, Time-dependent rheological behaviour of bacterial cellulose hydrogel, Mater. Sci. Eng. C, 2016, Vol. 58, pp. 153–159. DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2015.08.019.
  • D. Cai, G. Zhou, V.V. Silberschmidt, Effect of through-thickness compression on in-plane tensile strength of glass/epoxy composites: Experimental study, Polym. Test., 2016, Vol. 49, pp. 1-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.polymertesting.2015.10.015.
  • Q. Jing, Q. Liu, L. Li, Z. Dong, V.V. Silberschmidt, Effect of graphene-oxide enhancement on large-deflection bending performance of thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer, Comp. Pt B, 2016, Vol. 89, pp. 1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2015.11.033.
  • X. Gao, P. Kuśmierczyk, Z. Shi, C. Liu, G. Yang, I. Sevostianov, V.V. Silberschmidt, Through-thickness stress relaxation in bacterial cellulose hydrogel, J. Mech. Behav. Biomed. Mater., 2016, Vol. 59, pp. 90-98. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2015.12.021.
  • M.F. Buchely, A. Maranon, V.V. Silberschmidt, Material model for modeling clay at high strain rates, Int. J. Impact Eng., 2016, Vol. 90, pp. 1–11. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2015.11.005.
  • S.A. Zahedi, A. Roy, V.V. Silberschmidt, Variation of cutting forces in machining of f.c.c. single crystal, Acta Mech., 2016, Vol. 227(1), pp. 3-9. DOI: 10.1007/s00707-015-1418-z.
  • A. Schiavone, G. Abeygunawardana-Arachchige, V.V. Silberschmidt, Crack initiation and propagation in ductile specimens with notches: experimental and numerical study, Acta Mech., 2016, Vol. 227(1), pp. 203-215. DOI: 10.1007/s00707-015-1425-0.
  • G. Chen, F. Wu, C. Liu, V.V. Silberschmidt, Y.C. Chan, Microstructures and properties of new Sn-Ag-Cu lead-free solder reinforced with Ni-coated graphene nanosheets, J. Alloys Comp., 2016, Vol. 656, pp. 500–509. DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2015.09.178.
  • M. Demiral, A. Roy, V.V. Silberschmidt, Strain-gradient crystal-plasticity modelling of micro-cutting of b.c.c. single crystal. Meccanica, 2016, Vol. 51(2), pp. 371-381. DOI: 10.1007/s11012-015-0280-3.
  • X. Gao, Z. Shi, A. Lau, C. Liu, G. Yang, V.V. Silberschmidt, Effect of microstructure on anomalous strain-rate-dependent behaviour of bacterial cellulose hydrogel, Mater. Sci. Eng. C., 2016, Vol. 62, pp. 130–136. DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2016.01.042.
  • O. Bayrak, M. Ionita, E. Demirci, V.V. Silberschmidt, Effect of morphological state of graphene on mechanical properties of nanocomposites, J. Mater. Sci., 2016, Vol. 51(8), pp. 4037-4046. DOI: 10.1007/s10853-016-9722-0.
  • C. Wang, Y. Zhong, P.F.B. Adaikalaraj, X. Ji, A. Roy, V.V. Silberschmidt, Z. Chen, Strength prediction for bi-axial braided composites by a multi-scale modelling approach, J. Mater. Sci., 2016, Vol. 51(12), pp. 6002-6018. DOI: 10.1007/s10853-016-9901-z.
  • Q. Liu, A. Roy, V.V. Silberschmidt, Size-dependent crystal plasticity: From micro-pillar compression to bending, Mech. Mater, 2016, Vol. 100, pp. 31–40. DOI: 10.1016/j.mechmat.2016.06.002.
  • G. Chen, H. Peng, V.V. Silberschmidt, Y.C. Chan, C. Liu, F. Wu, Performance of Sn–3.0Ag–0.5Cu composite solder with TiC reinforcement: Physical properties, solderability and microstructural evolution under isothermal ageing, J. Alloys Comp., 2016, Vol. 685, pp. 680-689. DOI:10.1016/j.jallcom.2016. 05.245.
  • G. Chen, L. Li, V.V. Silberschmidt, C. Liu, Y.C. Chan, F. Wu, Retained ratio of reinforcement in SAC305 composite solder joints: Effect of reinforcement type, processing and reflow cycle, Solder. Surf. Mount Technol., 2016, Vol. 28(3), pp. 159-166. DOI: 10.1108/SSMT-02-2016-0004.
  • Z. Jing, Q. Sun, V.V. Silberschmidt, Sequential permutation table method for optimization of stacking sequence in composite laminates, Compos. Struct., 2016, Vol. 141, pp. 240–252. DOI: 10.1016 /j.compstruct.2016.01.052.
  • Z. Jing, Q. Sun, V.V. Silberschmidt, A framework for design and optimization of tapered composite structures. Part I: From individual panel to global blending structure, Compos. Struct., 2016, Vol. 154, pp. 106-128. DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2016.05.095.
  • F. Farukh, E. Demirci, H. Ali, M. Acar, B. Pourdeyhimi, V.V. Silberschmidt, Nonwovens modelling: a review of finite-element strategies, J. Text. I., 2016, Vol. 107(2), pp. 225-232. DOI: 10.1080/00405000.2015.1022088.
  • Z. Zhang, L. Wang, V.V. Silberschmidt, S. Wang, SPH-FEM simulation of shaped-charge jet penetration into double hull: a comparison study for steel and SPS, Compos. Struct., 2016, Vol. 155, pp. 135–144. DOI:10.1016/j.compstruct.2016.08.002.
  • O. Bayrak, M. Ionita, E. Demirci, V.V. Silberschmidt, Optical properties of graphene-based materials in transparent polymer matrices, Appl. Phys. Lett., 2016, Vol. 109, 081905. DOI: 10.1063/1.4961674.
  • D. Broda, L. Pieczonka, V. Hiwarkar, W.J. Staszewski, V.V. Silberschmidt, Generation of higher harmonics in longitudinal vibration of beams with breathing cracks, J. Sound Vibrat., 2016, Vol. 381, pp. 206–219. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2016.06.025.
  • Y. Chen, X. He, Y. Wu, X. Gao, J. Wang, W. He, V.V. Silberschmidt, H. Xu, Effects of surface-functionalized aluminum nitride on thermal, electrical, and mechanical behaviors of polyarylene ether nitrile-based composites, Polym. Compos., 2016, Vol. 37(10), pp. 3033–3041. DOI: 10.1002/pc.23500.
  • Q. Shi, Y.Y. Tse, R. Muhammad, A. Roy, V.V. Silberschmidt, R.L. Higginson, Effect of machining on shear-zone microstructure in ti-15v-3cr-3al-3sn: conventional and ultrasonically assisted turning, J. Mater. Engng. Perform., 2016, Vol. 25(9), pp. 3766–3773. DOI: 10.1007/s11665-016-2209-y.
  • G. Chen, L. Li, J. Du, V.V. Silberschmidt, Y.C. Chan, C. Liu, F. Wu, Thermo-migration behavior of SAC305 lead-free solder reinforced with fullerene nanoparticles, J. Mater. Sci., 2016, Vol. 51(22), pp. 10077–10091. DOI: 10.1007/s10853-016-0234-8.
  • Q. Liu, A. Roy, S. Tamura, T. Matsumura, V.V. Silberschmidt, Micro-cutting of single-crystal metal: finite-element analysis of deformation and material removal. Int. J. Mech. Sci., 2016, Vol. 118, pp. 135–143. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2016.09.021.
  • J. Falsafi, E. Demirci, V.V. Silberschmidt, Computational assessment of residual formability in sheet metal forming processes for sustainable recycling, Int. J. Mech. Sci., 2016, Vol. 119, pp. 187–196. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2016.10.013.
  • B. Lin, M.S. Huang, F. Farukh, A. Roy, V. Silberschmidt, L.G. Zhao, Modelling plastic deformation in a single-crystal nickel-based superalloy using discrete dislocation dynamics, Mech. Adv. Mater. Modern Process., 2016, Vol. 2:6. DOI: 10.1186/s40759-016-0012-y.
  • M.A. Khan, V.V. Silberschmidt, J. El-Rimawi, Controlled failure warning and mitigation of prematurely failing beam through adhesive, Compos. Struct., 2017, Vol. 161, pp. 119–131 DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct. 2016.11.049.
  • A. A. Abdel-Wahab, S. Ataya, V. V. Silberschmidt, Temperature-dependent mechanical behaviour of PMMA: Experimental analysis and modelling, Polym. Test., 2017, vol. 58, pp. 86–95. DOI: 10.1016/ j.polymertesting.2016.12.016.
  • V.V. Silberschmidt (ed.), Dynamic Deformation, Damage and Fracture in Composite Materials and Structures. Elsevier, Amsterdam e.a., 2016, 616 pp. ISBN: 978-0-08-100870-6.
  • Q. Liu, S. Dodla, A. Roy, V.V. Silberschmidt, Crystal-plasticity simulation of micromachining of single-crystal metal: methodology and analysis. In: Advanced Methods of Continuum Mechanics for Materials and Structures. K. Naumenko, M. Aßmus (eds.) Springer, Singapore, 2016, pp.165-183. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-0959-4_9.
  • L. Qian, F. Xu, K.T. Voisey, V. Nekouie, Z. Zhou, V.V. Silberschmidt, X. Hou, Incorporation and evolution of ZrO2 nano-particles in Pt-modified aluminide coating for high temperature applications, Surf. Coat. Technol., 2017, Vol. 311, pp. 238–247. DOI: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2016.12.106.
  • Z. Zhang, L. Wang, V.V. Silberschmidt, Damage response of steel plate to underwater explosion: Effect of shaped charge liner, Int. J. Impact Eng., 2017, Vol. 103, pp. 38–49. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2017. 01.008.
  • W. Bai, R. Sun, J. Leopold, V.V. Silberschmidt, Microstructural evolution of Ti6Al4V in ultrasonically assisted cutting: numerical modelling and experimental analysis, Ultrasonics, 2017, Vol. 78, pp. 70–82. DOI: 10.1016/j.ultras.2017.03.005.
  • M. Demiral, K. Nowag, A. Roy, R. Ghisleni, J. Michler, V.V. Silberschmidt, Enhanced gradient crystal-plasticity study of size effects in a β-titanium alloy, Modelling Simul. Mater. Sci. Eng., 2017, Vol. 25, 035013. DOI: 10.1088/1361-651X/aa5ce3.
  • X. Gao, E. Sozumert, Z. Shi, G. Yang, V.V. Silberschmidt, Assessing stiffness of nanofibres in bacterial cellulose hydrogels: Numerical-experimental framework, Mater. Sci. Eng. C, 2017, Vol. 77, pp. 9–18. DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2017.03.231.
  • M.A. Khan, J. El-Rimawi, V.V. Silberschmidt, Numerical representation of multiple premature failures in steel-plated RC beams, Int. J. Comput. Meth., 2017, Vol. 14(4), 1750035. DOI: 10.1142/ S0219876217500359.
  • D. Cai, J. Tang, G. Zhou, X. Wang, C. Li, V.V. Silberschmidt, Failure analysis of plain woven glass/epoxy laminates: Comparison of off-axis and biaxial tension loadings, Polym. Test., 2017, Polymer Testing, Vol. 60, pp. 307-320. DOI: 10.1016/j.polymertesting.2017.04.010.
  • Y. Jian, Z. Yao, V.V. Silberschmidt, Linear ultrasonic motor for absolute gravimeter, Ultrasonics, 2017, Vol. 77, pp. 88–94. DOI:
  • V. Gupta, P.M. Pandey, V.V. Silberschmidt, Rotary ultrasonic bone drilling: Improved pullout strength and reduced damage, Med. Eng. Phys., 2017, Vol. 41, pp. 1–8. DOI: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2016.11.004.
  • V.C. Shukla, P.M. Pandey, U.S. Dixit, A. Roy, V.V. Silberschmidt, Modeling of normal force and finishing torque considering shearing and ploughing effects in ultrasonic assisted magnetic abrasive finishing process with sintered magnetic abrasive powder, Wear, 2017, Vols. 390–391, pp. 11-22. DOI: 10.1016/j.wear.2017.06.017.
  • R. Naseem, L. Zhao, Y. Liu, V.V. Silberschmidt, Experimental and computational studies of poly-L-lactic acid for cardiovascular applications: recent progress, Mech. Adv. Mater. Modern Process., 2017, Vol. 3, 13. DOI: 10.1186/s40759-017-0028-y.
  • Q. Liu, A. Roy, V.V. Silberschmidt, Temperature-dependent crystal-plasticity model for magnesium: a bottom-up approach, Mech. Mater., 2017, Vol. 113, pp. 44-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.mechmat.2017.07.008.
  • D. Cai, G. Zhou, Y. Qian, V.V. Silberschmidt, Failure analysis of a frangible composite cover: A transient-dynamics study, J. Compos. Mater., 2017, Vol. 51(18), pp. 2607-2617. DOI: 10.1177/0021998316673223.
  • A.R. Maligno, R. Citarella, V.V. Silberschmidt, Retardation effects due to overloads in aluminium-alloy aeronautical components, Fatigue Fract. Engng. Mater. Struct., 2017, Vol. 40, pp. 1484–1500. DOI: 10.1111/ffe.12591.
  • M.A. Khan, J. El-Rimawi, V.V. Silberschmidt, Relative behaviour of premature failures in adhesively plated RC beam using controllable and existing parameters, Comp. Struct., 2017, Vol. 180, pp. 75-87. DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2017.08.006.
  • C. Wang, A. Roy, V.V. Silberschmidt, Z. Chen, Modelling of damage evolution in braided composites: Recent developments, Mech. Adv. Mater. Modern Process., 2017, Vol. 3, 15. DOI: 10.1186/s40759-017-0030-4.
  • W. Bai, R. Sun, A. Roy, V.V. Silberschmidt, Improved analytical prediction of chip formation in orthogonal cutting of titanium alloy Ti6Al4V, Int. J. Mech. Sci., 2017, Vol. 133, pp. 357–367. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2017.08.054.
  • B. Zeybek, S. Li, J.W. Fernandez, S. Stapley, V.V. Silberschmidt, Y. Liu, Computational modelling of wounded tissue subject to negative pressure wound therapy following trans-femoral amputation, Biomech. Model. Mechanobiol., 2017. DOI 10.1007/s10237-017-0921-7.
  • S.M. Kamal, U.S. Dixit, A. Roy, Q. Liu, V.V. Silberschmidt, Comparison of plane-stress, generalized-plane-strain and 3D FEM elastic–plastic analyses of thick-walled cylinders subjected to radial thermal gradient, Int. J. Mech. Sci. , DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2017.07.034.
  • D. Wang, A. Roy, V.V. Silberschmidt, Hybrid cutting of bio-tissues, Procedia CIRP, 2016, Vol. 46, pp. 567-570. DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2016.04.024.
  • V. Nekouie, A. Roy, V.V. Silberschmidt, Nanoindentation in metallic glasses. In: Applied Nanoindentation in Advanced Materials, A. Tiwari and S. Natarajan (eds), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2017, pp. 287-312. DOI: 10.1002/9781119084501.ch13.
  • Q. Liu, M. Demiral, A. Roy, V.V. Silberschmidt, Modelling and simulations of nanoindentation in single crystals. In: Applied Nanoindentation in Advanced Materials, A. Tiwari and S. Natarajan (eds), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2017, pp. 561-578. DOI: 10.1002/9781119084501.ch23.
  • V.A. Phadnis, V.V. Silberschmidt, Composites under dynamic loads at high velocities. In: P.W.R. Beaumont, C.H. Zweben (eds.), Comprehensive Composite Materials II. Vol. 8, pp. 262–285. Oxford, Academic Press, 2018. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803581-8.09967-7.

External collaborators:

  • University of Oxford
  • University of Cambridge
  • TU Munich, Germany
  • Institute of Continuous Media Mechanics, Russian Academy of Science, Perm
  • SIGMA Clermont, France
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Nonwovens Institute, Raleigh, NC, USA
  • Perm National Research Polytechnic University, Russia
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  • Institute of Problems in Mechanical Engineering, Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg
  • Institute for Problems in Mechanics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • University of Liverpool
  • IIT Bombay, India
  • Griffith University, Australia
  • St Petersburg State University, Russia
  • POLITEHNICA University of Timisoara, Romania
  • University of Rhode Island, USA
  • Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Aberystwyth University
  • University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Caterpillar
  • Grainger and Worrall Ltd
  • IIT Delhi, India
  • IIT Guwahati, India
  • HUST, Wuhan, China
  • University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • TU Braunschweig, Germany
  • Empa, Switherland
  • The University of Auckland, New Zeeland
  • Dstl
  • AIST, Japan
  • Tokyo Denki University, Japan
  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Belarus State University, Minsk
  • Sandvik
  • Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
  • University of Derby
  • Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China
  • Harbin Engineering University, China
  • University of Nottingham
  • Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Pakistan
  • Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China
  • University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China
  • New Mexico Stet University, USA
  • AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland
  • University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
  • Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman


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