Prof. Antonio J. Gil graduated as Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos from the University of Granada (Spain) in June 1999 (ranked 1st nationally) after having spent one academic year (1998-1999) in the University of California Davis fully funded by a prestigious California scholarship programme. After a two-year Certificate of Advanced Studies (MSc) in the field of Computational Mechanics, he moved to Swansea University where he completed his PhD in the field of computational analysis of nonlinear structural membranes in January 2005 (winner of the UK Association of Computational Mechanics best PhD paper 2004). 

Having been awarded the National 1st Prize by the Spanish Ministry of Education in 2000, he has since received a number of further research prizes both as Principal Investigator and PhD supervisor, including the prestigious UK Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2011 and the ECCOMAS 2016 Olgierd Cecil Zienkiewicz award for his contributions as a young investigator in the field of computational mechanics.

His research work covers the areas of computational simulation of nanomembranes, biomembranes (heart valves) and superplastic forming of medical prostheses, fluid-structure interaction, modelling of smart electro-magneto-mechanical devices, including MRI scanners (in collaboration with SIEMENS) and numerical analysis of fast transient large strain solid dynamics phenomena (in collaboration with ESI group).

Curriculum Vitae

Full list of publications

Publications

  1. & Unified one-fluid formulation for incompressible flexible solids and multiphase flows: Application to hydrodynamics using the Immersed Structural Potential Method (ISPM). International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids
  2. & A high performance data parallel tensor contraction framework: Application to coupled electro-mechanics. Computer Physics Communications
  3. & A linearised hp-finite element framework for acousto-magneto-mechanical coupling in axisymmetric MRI scanners. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
  4. & A variationally consistent Streamline Upwind Petrov–Galerkin Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics algorithm for large strain solid dynamics. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 318, 514-536.
  5. & A computational framework for incompressible electromechanics based on convex multi-variable strain energies for geometrically exact shell theory. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 317, 792-816.

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Teaching

  • EG-321 Geomechanics

    This module builds upon the "Basic Soil Mechanics" module taught in Level 2 Civil Engineering. It is designed to strengthen the knowledge on the behaviour of soils and to give basic understanding of some geotechnical structures (e.g. retaining walls). The theories of lateral earth pressure (Mohr-Coulomb and Rankine) will be explained in detail as well as their implications into the design of earth retaining structures and the stability of slopes. The students will have the opportunity to resolve realistic geotechnical problems by means of their own designed computer program (e.g. through the use of the computer software MatLab).

  • EGIM05 Nonlinear Continuum Mechanics

    This module aims to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of finite deformation analysis from a continuum point of view, why such an analysis is nonlinear and how finite deformation problems can be established and solved numerically using the Finite Element Method. The students will have the opportunity to resolve realistic structural problems by means of their own designed computer program (e.g. through the use of the computer software MatLab).

Supervision

  • Simulation of magneto-mechanical coupling for MRI Scanners (current)

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    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Ledger
  • Development of a monolithic conservation law formulation for fluid-structure interaction (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Javier Bonet
  • Computational fluid structure interaction simulation of piezoelectric materials at large strains (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Javier Bonet
  • Acousto-fluid-structure interaction of pressure reducers (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sam Rolland
  • Fast solid Dynamics with alternative continuum mechanics descriptions (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Javier Bonet
  • Computational cardiac mechanics (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Chun Hean Lee
  • Title TBC at a later date (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Ledger
  • Proper generalised decomposition for interactive aerodynamic optimisation (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ruben Sevilla
  • High-fidelity real-time engineering outputs and sensitivites for aerodynamic shape design (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ruben Sevilla
  • Title TBC at a later date (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Ledger
  • Title is to be confirmed at a later date as not yet agreed (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Chun Hean Lee

Key Grants and Projects

  • H2020 Marie Curie ETN 2015 - 2019

    Title: Empowered decision-making in simulation-based engineering: Advanced Model Reduction for real-time, inverse and optimization in industrial problems (AdMoRE). Total estimated budget: €2.08 M., Estimated budget allocated to Swansea University: €273.3K.

  • Sêr Cymru National Research Network Early Career Personal Fellowship award 2015 - 2018

    Host academic in Sêr Cymru NRN Early Career Personal Fellowship award (to Dr. Chun Hean Lee). Title: Bridging the gap between computational fluid and solid dynamics: embedding advanced technologies into Welsh industries through massive parallelisation, £150.0 K

  • Sêr Cymru National Research Network PostDoctoral award 2014 - 2017

    Principal Investigator in Sêr Cymru National Research Network PostDoctoral award at Swansea University. Title: Towards the next generation of fast dynamics computational fracture solvers in Engineering. , £75.0 K

  • Sêr Cymru National Research Network PhD award 2014 - 2017

    Co-investigator in Sêr Cymru NRN PhD award at Swansea University. Principal investigator at Cardiff University: Dr. S. Kulasegaram. Title: Towards the next generation of fast dynamics solvers in Engineering., £57.0 K

  • EPSRC case award 2014 - 2017

    Co-Principal Investigator of EPSRC case award at Swansea University. Title: Development of coupled electro-mechanical simulation techniques for MRI scanners. , £91.5 K

  • Erasmus Mundus MSc 2013 - 2018

    Principal Investigator at Swansea University in Erasmus Mundus MSc. Title: MSc in Computational Mechanics. Total estimated budget: €1.99 M (for a total number of 50 MSc students). , Estimated budget allocated to Swansea University: €0.60 M.

  • Erasmus Mundus PhD 2013 - 2018

    Principal Investigator at Swansea University in Erasmus Mundus PhD. Title: Simulation-based Engineering and Entrepreneurship Development (SEED). Total estimated budget: €6.54 M (for a total number of 50 PhD students)., Estimated budget allocated to Swansea University: €1.04 M.

  • The Philip Leverhulme Prize 2012 - 2015

    , £70 K

  • Academic contributor in the Centre of Nano-Health (CNH) European Research project 2009

    , £21.6 M

  • Co-investigator in FP7 Marie Curie ITN European Research project 2010 - 2013

    Principal investigator at Swansea University: Prof. J. Bonet. Title: Advanced Techniques in Computational Mechanics (ATCoME)., €217.8 K

  • Welsh Crucible Small Grant Scheme funded by HEFCW 2011 - 2012

    Principal investigator in Welsh Crucible Small Grant Scheme funded by HEFCW. Title: Development of a new sustainable elastomeric energy harvester for marine environments.‌, £9 K

  • Co-investigator in Welsh Crucible Small Grant Scheme funded by HEFCW 2011 - 2012

    , £7.2 K

  • Principal investigator in EPSRC First Grant EP/F03010X/1 Research project 2008 - 2011

    Title: Immersed Finite Element Method for haemodynamic medical applications, £310.3 K

Administrative Responsibilities

Invited Presentations, Lectures and Conferences

Date Description
April 2015 Keynote speaker of the 4th ACME School in Computational Mechanics
July 2014 Keynote lecture, 11th World Congress WCCM and 8th European Congress ECCMASE in Computational Mechanics
July 2014 Co-author in Semiplenary lecture, 11th World Congress WCCM and 8th European Congress ECCMASE in Computational Mechanics
April 2014 Invited seminar “Bridging methodologies for the computational simulation of solids and fluids”, Universidad de Granada
October 2013 Invited lecturer for the “ITN ATCOME Summer School on Computational Mechanics for Moving Boundaries and Interfaces”
June 2013 Invited lecturer for the “Computational Mechanics Summer School” organised by Ecole Centrále de Nantes
June 2013 Co-author Keynote lecture, 5th International Conference on Computational Methods for coupled problems in science and engineering
July 2013 Keynote lecture, 5th International Conference on Computational Methods for coupled problems in science and engineering
October 2012 Invited seminar, Siegen University, Germany
September 2012 Invited seminar, Departamento de Matemática Aplicada II, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
May 2012 Invited seminar, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Sun-Yat sen University, China
September 2011 Invited seminar, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Tsinghua University
February 2007 Invited seminar, Solid Mechanics Group, Oxford University
June 2016 Semiplenary speaker of the 7th European ECCOMAS conference, Crete

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2014 2015 "Engineering Computations" Emerald Outstanding paper of the year for K. Izian, C.H. Lee, A.J. Gil and J. Bonet
2011 The Philip Leverhulme Prize awarded by The Leverhulme Trust (UK)
2012 Doctoral Supervisor of the PhD thesis by Dr. C. H. Lee, awarded the UK ACME Zienkiewicz price for the best PhD thesis
2004 Leading author awarded Best Postgraduate Research Paper of the 12th UK ACME Conference, Cardiff
2004 Honorary Mention to the Hangai Medal in “Shell and Spatial structures: from models to realization”, IASS Montpellier (France)
1999 National 1st Prize awarded by the Education, Culture and Sport Ministry of Spain for Undergraduate Degree
1999 University 1st Prize awarded by the Education, Culture and Sport Ministry of Spain for Undergraduate Degree
2016 The O. C. Zienkiewicz prize awarded by European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS)