David Garcia Cava


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PhD projects

Highly qualified and motivated candidates with funding or plans to obtain funding should get in touch to discuss PhD positions on the following topics: Vibration-based Structural Health Monitoring, Structural dynamics, Engineering Vibrations. Please provide a one-page research proposal.

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Personal profile


I am David Garcia Cava a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. My main research interests are structural vibrations, structural health monitoring and engineering vibrations.

Research students

Current members

  • Dashty Samal Rashid (PhD student): Physics-informed data-driven loose bolt identification 
  • Hannah Mitchell (EngD student): Probabilistic assessment of structural integrity of renewable industry composite components. Based on Frazer-Nash Consultancy

Past members

  • Dr Callum Roberts (Former PhD student): Structural health monitoring methodology for wind turbine blades under variable environmental and operational conditions.
  • Dr Mateusz Stajuda (Former PhD student):  Data-driven safety systems for centrifugal compressor.
  • Dr Fraser Anderson (Former PhD student): Investigation of the causes of wind turbine underperformance
  • Dr Artur Movsessian (Former PhD student): Machine learning for enhancing damage detection in structural health monitoring methodologies of wind turbine blades.
  • Kevin Qu (Research Assistant): Robust long-term monitoring of offshore wind turbines by mitigating environmental and operational variations (ROMEO) & Dynamic characterisation of 3D printed components for space applications. 
  • Ana Sofia Arvelos Pereira (Research Assistant): On the enhancement of data-driven damage assessment under environmental and operational variabilities using virtual sensing. Based on NOVA University Lisbon.  
  • Everton Bruno Castanha (Research Assistant): Low-cost osteoporosis diagnosis: Modelling and designing a testing framework (Framework developing)
  • Dr Rodolfo Lauro Weinert (Research Associate): Low-cost osteoporosis diagnosis: Modelling and designing a testing framework (Modelling)

Education/Academic qualification

Academic Practice , Postgraduate Diploma, Academic Practice , University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 5 Sept 2019

Mechanical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Data-based vibration structural health monitoring methodology for composite laminated structures, University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 28 Jun 2016

Advanced Structural Engineering, Master in Science, Computer aided structural design of temporary works and scaffolding, Edinburgh Napier University

Award Date: 22 Oct 2012

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Award Date: 1 Sept 2006

External positions

Lecturer, University of Strathclyde

Jun 2017Oct 2019

Teaching Associate, University of Strathclyde

Jun 2016Sept 2017

Structural Engineer, Algeco Modular Constructions

May 2008Oct 2010

Structural Engineer, SGS Tecnos

Jul 2006May 2008


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