Dr Inna M. Gitman

BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Image of Dr Inna GitmanSenior Lecturer

ERASMUS and Year Abroad Coordinator
Programme Director of “Mechanical Engineering with a Semester in China”

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD

Tel: +44(0)114 222 7728

Email: i.gitman@sheffield.ac.uk








Profile

I graduated from Perm State Technical University (Russia) in 2002, where I studied Mathematical Modelling of Systems and Processes. In 2006, I was awarded my PhD degree in Computational Mechanics from Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands). Following postdoctoral positions at the University of Manchester and the University of Sheffield, I joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as a Lecturer in 2009 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018.








Research Areas

My main research interests are in the modelling of solid and bio-materials. My work is mostly computational. If I were to describe my research in one sentence, it would be “understanding, controlling and optimising the behaviour of a material by understanding, controlling and optimising its micro-structure”. I also love uncertainty: realising that in the world around us most natural and man-made materials are far from being strictly deterministic and ordered, in my research I aim to incorporate this disorder and stochasticity into our models.

I work within a range of applications from man-made materials, such as concrete, composites and metals, to bio-materials, such as bones and teeth. My two main research themes are:

Mechanics of Materials

  • Modelling material behaviour within a multi-scale modelling framework using concepts of homogenisation and Representative Volume Element.
  • Development and implementation of microstructurally-driven gradient-enriched continuum theories.
  • Modelling wave propagation through materials with periodic and random microstructure.

Computational analysis

  • Finite Element analysis within frameworks of multi-scale modelling and gradient-enriched continua.
  • Statistical analysis and stochastic characterisation of materials, Fuzzy Set models and stochastic stability analysis.







Research Projects

  • 2019: “Modelling size-dependent electro-magneto-mechanical coupling”, funded by Royal Society, International Exchanges Cost Share Programme with the National Natural Science Foundation of China, £9,120 (co-investigator).
  • 2018: “Setting the Verification Standard for Adhesion Forecasting Case Studies: Stagecoach Supertram and Arriva Rail North”, funded by Railway Safety and Standards Board, £54,148 (co-investigator).
  • 2018: “AFP Curvilinear Variable Stiffness Laminate Optimisation”, funded by AMRC (UK) & NRC (Canada) £68,544 & C$100,000 (co-investigator).
  • 2017: “FRAMED – Fracture across Scales and Materials, Processes and Disciplines”, funded by EC Horizon 2020, €900,000 (co-investigator).
  • 2011: “Adaptive Gradient Elasticity and Mechanical Stimulation in Bone Remodelling”, funded by EPSRC, £123,199 (principal investigator).
  • 2010: “The influence of microstructure on wave and front propagation through heterogeneous media”, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, £228,721 (co-investigator).
  • 2009: “Computational multi-scale modelling of mechanical stimulation of bone”, funded by the Wellcome Trust, £68,301 (principal investigator).






Current and completed PhD students

  • Ruixuan Tu: “Methodology to estimate macroscopic strength properties of a material based on a microstructural and microdamage analysis”
  • Sinan Eraslan: “Wave propagation in elasto-electromagnetic materials”
  • Zakaria Alshkmak: “Patient-specific tools evaluating teeth decay”
  • Pascal Gadoury: “Optimal design and manufacturing of orthotropic structures”
  • Yilang Song (successfully completed in 2015): “The influence of random microstructure on wave propagation through heterogeneous media”
  • Ioannis Ioannou (successfully completed in 2014): “A Study on the Numerical Characterisation of Short Fibre Composites”






Teaching

  • Materials under stress, MEC102
  • Solid Biomechanics, MEC6430 and MEC325







Books

  • Gitman IM (2006) Representative volumes and multi-scale modelling of quasi-brittle materials. Technische Universiteit Delft. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

Conference proceedings papers

  • Gadoury PAH, Gitman I, Smith AI & Scaife R (2017) Recovery of 3d anisotropy data from ct scans of 3d woven composites by principal component analysis. CANCOM2017 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gadoury PAH & Gitman I (2017) Hyperdimensional offsets and polynomial refinement and integration scheme for harmonic basis function finite elements. UKACM. Birmingham, RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ioannou I, Hodzic A & Gitman I (2014) Numerical investigation of effective thermo-mechanical properties in short fibre composites. 16th European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM 2014 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mulyadi , Gitman I, Pinna C & Soutis C (2014) Modelling interaction effect of nanosilica particles on nanosilica/epoxy composite stiffness. 16th European Conference of Composite Materials. Seville, Spain RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ioannou I, Hodzic A, Soutis C, Gitman I & Al-Maadeed MA (2012) Numerical characterisation on random glass fibre composite material. 15th European conference on composite materials. Venice, Italy RIS download Bibtex download
  • Askes H & Gitman IM (2010) Review and Critique of the Stress Gradient Elasticity Theories of Eringen and Aifantis, Vol. 21 (pp 203-210) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Askes H, Gitman IM & Bennett T (2009) Dynamic implementation of implicit gradient elasticity. Euromech Colloquium 510. Paris RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gitman I, Bennett T & Askes H (2008) Dispersive propagation of body waves modelled with gradient elasticity. 16th UK National ACME conference (pp 122-125). Newcastle University RIS download Bibtex download
  • Askes H, Gitman IM & Bennett T (2007) Formulation and finite element implementation of dynamically consistent gradient elasticity. 15th UK National ACME conference. Glasgow RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gitman IM, Askes H & Sluys LJ (2007) A coupled-volume approach to the multi-scale modelling of quasi-brittle materials. THERMEC 2006, Pts 1-5, Vol. 539-543 (pp 2582-2587) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gitman IM, Askes H & Sluys LJ (2006) Multi-scale modelling of quasi-brittle material. Computational Modelling of Concrete Structures (pp 97-107) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gitman I (2006) Statistical Distributions in Modelling Soil Variability. 14th UK National ACME conference / 14th Irish National ISSEC conference (pp 147-150) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gitman I, Askes H & Sluys LJ (2006) Multi-scale modelling of quasi-brittle material. Euro-C 2006, Computational Modelling of Concrete Structures (pp 97-107). Leiden RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gitman IM, Askes H & Sluys LJ (2005) Multi-scale modelling and representative volumes: linear-elasticity and softening. International Conference on Fracture. Turin RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gitman I, Askes H & Sluys LJ (2004) Representative Volume Size as a Macroscopic Length Scale Parameter. Ia-FraMCos, Fifth international conference on fracture mechanics of concrete and concrete structures, Vol. 1 (pp 483-491) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gitman IM, Askes H, Sluys LJ & Stroeven M (2003) Multiscale modelling of granular materials. COMPUTATIONAL MODELLING OF CONCRETE STRUCTURES (pp 67-70) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gitman I, Askes H, Sluys LJ & Stroeven M (2003) Multiscale modelling of granular materials. Euro-C 2003, Computational Modelling of Concrete Structures (pp 67-70). Rotterdam RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gitman MB, Gitman I & Askes H (2003) On the stochastic stability of deformation processes. Ninth International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (pp 291-295). San Francisco, USA RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aristov SN & Gitman I (2000) The stability analysis of the sticky incompressible liquid motion near the stagnation point. Actual Problems in Mechanics, XXVIII Summer School (pp 342-346). St. Petersburg RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gitman I, Askes H & Aifantis EC () Gradient elasticity for anisotropic materials. Advanced Problems in Mechanics, XXXVI International Summer School Conference. 2008 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gitman I & Askes H () Higher-order homogenisation methods for continua with internal length and internal time. 10th European Mechanics of Materials Conference (pp 129-135). 2007 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gitman I, Askes H & Sluys LJ () Size effect and Representative Volumes. ICOSSAR 2005 (pp 403-410). 2005 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gitman I, Askes H, Sluys LJ & Lloberas Valls O () The concept of Representative Volume for elastic, hardening and softening materials. Advanced Problems in Mechanics, XXXII International Summer School Conference (pp 180-184). 2004 RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Gitman I (2006) Representative Volume Element and Multi-scale Modelling of Quasi-brittle Materials. RIS download Bibtex download