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Professor Antonio Gil

Professor Antonio Gil

Professor, Engineering
Academic Office - A_133
First Floor
Engineering Central
Bay Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


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.

Curriculum Vitae

Full list of publications


Areas Of Expertise

  • In-silico modelling
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Large strain dynamics
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Electro-Magneto-Acousto-Mechanics
  • Finite Element/Volume Methods
  • Meshless Methods
  • Reduced Order Modelling

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I am a passionate academic who enjoys teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Over the years, I have taught a variety of courses closely linked to my background as Civil Engineer and my research in the area of computational mechanics. Specifically, I have tught courses on Structural Mechanics, Geomechanics, Reinforced Concrete Design, Nonlinear Continuum Mechanics and Numerical Analysis.

In 2019, I was awarded the Swansea University Teaching Excellence Award for the quality of my teaching in subjects within the degree of Civil Engineering.

I am currently the coordinator at Swansea University of the Erasmus Mundus PhD programme in Simulation in Engineering and Entrepreneurship Development.


My research spans several areas of theoretical and computational mechanics, including (1) electro-mechanics in extremely deformable actuators and energy harvesters (in collaboration with LeapTechnology), (2) magneto-acousto-mechanics for MRI scanner design (in collaboration with Siemens Healthineers and Keele University), (3) fluid-structure interaction (in collaboration with UK Rototherm), (4) reduced order models for computational mechanics (in collaboration with ESI Group), (5) fast large strain solid dynamics (in collaboration with UK-Atomic Weapons Establishment) and (6) topology optimisation in the context of large strain solid mechanics.

Recently, my research work has focused in the in-silico simulation of soft robotics components. Specifically, I have been looking at electro-mechanical formulation of highly deformable actuators, their Finite Element computational implementation, their High Performance computing and optimum solver resolution. In addition, I have explored the stability of soft actuators for long duration programmable functioning and the topology optimisation of deformable elastomers.

This work has been possible through the financial support of UK EPSRC, Philip Leverhulme Trust, EU FP7, EU H2020, Ser Cymru Research Network and SIEMENS Healthnieers, whose support is gratefully acknowledged.

Award Highlights

2019 Swansea University Teaching Excellence Award

2016 Doctoral supervisor of PhD thesis by Dr. R. Ortigosa, awarded ECCOMAS Prize for best PhD thesis

2016 The O. C. Zienkiewicz Prize awarded by European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS)

2015 "Engineering Computations" Emerald Outstanding paper of the year

2011 The Philip Leverhulme Prize awarded by The Leverhulme Trust (UK)

2012 Doctoral Supervisor of PhD thesis by Dr. C. H. Lee, awarded the UK ACME Zienkiewicz Prize for the best PhD thesis

2004 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 First Prize awarded by Ministry of Education, Spain



Established (current) research collaboration with world-leading Universities: Dr. P.D. Ledger (Keele University, UK), Prof. P. Betsch (KIT, Germany), Prof. C. Hesch (Siegen University, Germany), Prof. J. Bonet (University of Greenwich, UK), Prof. F. Auricchio (University of Pavia, Italy), Prof. W. Wall (Technical University of Munich, Germany), Prof. A. Huerta (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain), Prof. F. Chinesta (ENSAM, France),  Prof. L. Stainier & Dr. T. Heuze (Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France), Prof. P-H Maire (French Atomic Energy Commission), Prof. G. Scovazzi (Duke University, USA), Dr. A. Barlow (UK Atomic Weapons Establishment), Dr. Rogelio Ortigosa and Dr. J. Martinez Frutos (University of Cartagena, Spain), Dr. M. Aguirre (Mines Saint-Etienne, France)


Established (current) research collaboration with Dr. M. Mallet (SIEMENS Healthineers), Dr. R. Said (ESI Group), Dr. O. Conger (Rototherm, UK), Dr. A. Poole (LeapTechnology, Denmark)

Professor Antonio Gil

Professor Antonio Gil

Professor, Engineering
+44 (0) 1792 602552
Available For Postgraduate Supervision