2017 D.K.C. MacDonald Memorial Lecture
Prof. Javier LLorca is director and founder of the IMDEA Materials Institute and professor and head of the research group on “Advanced Structural Materials and Nanomaterials” at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. A Fulbright scholar, he is Fellow of the European Mechanics Society, member of the Academia Europaea and has held visiting positions Brown University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Indian Institute of Science. His research activities have been focused in the systematic application of computational tools and multiscale modeling strategies (in the range nm to m) to establish the link between the microstructure and the macroscopic mechanical behavior of materials.
In addition, he has played a very active role in the transfer of technology to Spanish and European industries. One of his most relevant contributions in this area has been the development of multiscale modeling strategies for composite materials. They constitute the foundation of the modern techniques of virtual testing, which are starting to be used by the aerospace industry to minimize the number of costly mechanical tests to characterize and certify composite materials and structures and to optimize their performance.
His current research interests – supported by an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council – are focused in the development of multiscale modeling strategies to carry out virtual design, virtual processing and virtual testing of metallic materials for engineering applications, including the experimental validation at different length scales, so new metallic alloys can be designed, tested and optimized before they are actually manufactured in the laboratory.