Filipe Teixeira-Dias


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Blast wave propagation in World War I trenches - Assessing the effectiveness of allied trench configurations

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I am a Mechanical Engineer (MEng MSc PhD Hab), academic and author of more than 200 publications with over 50 in international peer reviewed journals, more than 20 book chapters, 5 edited books and 1 authored book. I started my academic career in 1993 at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and moved to the University of Aveiro (Portugal) where I stayed until moving to The University of Edinburgh (UK) in 2013. I became Reader in 2019. I am a co-founder of the Light-Weight Armour for Defence & Security (LWAG) and was president of the LWAG from 2008 to 2012.

My current research interests and areas of activity focus on understanding how materials, structures and systems behave under the effect of impulsive and dynamic loads, and improving their response through better energy absorption mechanisms at different scales, in areas as diverse as the built environment, transport systems  including aerospace structures and the human body. My research combines the use of numerical, experimental and analytical approaches and methods in impulsive structural dynamics; materials for energy absorption; protection and armour systems; sports impact and human bio-dynamics; crashworthiness; terminal ballistics, blast and shock wave dynamics; computational and applied mechanics, numerical and analytical methods; and heritage engineering.

I collaborate actively with a number of international research-active institutions and research groups, such as the Royal Military Academy (Belgium), Deakin University (Australia), the University of Aveiro (Portugal), the Universidad A Coruña (Spain) and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), where I was a Visiting Professor in 2009.

Administrative Roles

  • Deputy Director of Teaching
  • Deputy Head of Institute - Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE)


  • Mechanical Engineering 1 (Y1/S2)
  • Dynamics 4 (Y4/S1)
  • Supervision of MEng projects (Y5)

Current Research Interests

  • Impulsive structural dynamics;
  • Materials for energy absorption;
  • Protection and armour systems;
  • Sports impact and human bio-dynamics;
  • Crashworthiness;
  • Terminal ballistics, blast and shock wave dynamics;
  • Computational and applied mechanics, numerical and analytical methods;
  • Heritage engineering.

Research Groups

isDynamics - Impulsive and Structural Dynamics

isDynamics is a research group based at the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE) - School of Engineering. Our main focus area is in understanding how materials, structures and systems behave under the effect of impulsive loads, and improve their response through better energy absorption mechanisms at different scales. Target systems are as diverse as the build environment, transport systems including aerospace structures, and the human body. Our research team combine the use of numerical, experimental and analytical approaches and techniques to deliver outcomes and impact.

Collaborative Activity

  • The Royal Military Academy, Belgium
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Deakin University, Australia
  • Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
  • Universidad A Coruña, Spain

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Coimbra

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

Master of Science, University of Coimbra

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Coimbra

Award Date: 1 Jan 1992


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Terminal ballistics
  • Blast wave dynamics
  • Structural impact
  • Crashworthiness
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Computational mechanics
  • Finite element analysis
  • Numerical simulation
  • Structural dynamics
  • Composite materials
  • Porous and cellular materials
  • Smooth particle hydrodynamics


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