Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr Francesco Ciampa


Contact details

Room: 4E 2.24
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386383

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PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying;

  • non-destructive evaluation and structural health monitoring
  • nonlinear elastic wave spectroscopy
  • smart materials and structures for NDE and SHM
  • acoustic/elastic metamaterials
  • space debris impact damage.

BSc, MSc, PhD


Dr Francesco Ciampa is a Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering and a member of the Materials and Structures Research Centre (MAST).

His research area is in acousto-ultrasonic wave propagation and smart structures for non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and structural health monitoring (SHM).

Dr Ciampa holds both a BSc in Aerospace Engineering and an MSc in Astronautic Engineering from the University Sapienza of Rome. He began his research career by working on the BepiColombo mission to the planet Mercury at the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology (IAPS-INAF) of Rome.

In 2008 Dr Ciampa joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath to undertake a PhD in structural health monitoring systems for impacted isotropic and composite structures. His research was sponsored by Airbus UK and Great Western Research.

After completing his PhD in 2012, Dr Ciampa was employed by the University of Bath as a research associate, where he worked on an UK-RCNDE and an EU-funded project. He developed novel nonlinear multi-scale material models for 3D finite element simulations as well as nonlinear elastic wave spectroscopy techniques capable of imaging damages in metallic and composite materials. Dr Ciampa was promoted to Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in 2014.

Dr Ciampa is an active reviewer of international journals and he is collaborating with different groups at the University of Bath, other European research teams, industries and national agencies.


Dr Ciampa’s research is multi-disciplinary encompassing different engineering disciplines, materials science, numerical analysis, advanced mathematics and physics, and it can be applied to different engineering sectors, from aeronautics to space, civil, nuclear, power generation and marine. Current research interests include:

  • Non-destructive evaluation and structural health monitoring techniques for low and hyper-velocity impact localisation and damage detection in isotropic and composite structures.
  • Finite Element modelling of the various damage modes and the wave propagation experienced by the real structure under in-service loads.
  • Multifunctional smart materials and structures for the inspection of advanced materials and de-icing applications.
  • Acoustic/elastic metamaterials including acoustic cloaking and superlensing.

Teaching units

  • Composite Materials
  • Spacecraft Engineering


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