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Giuseppe Catalanotti (MSc in Mechanical Engineering, UPalermo, 2007, IT) was Early Research Scientist within MOMENTUM project (Marie Curie Action) and received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Porto, PT, in 2011. In the same year he left Alstom Transport (where he worked as expert in composite materials) and joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Porto as Post-Doctoral Research Associate. In 2013 he contributed to the Composite Mechanics course of the MSc in Mechanical Engineering degree of the University of Porto. The main research interest of Giuseppe Catalanotti is the structural integrity of advanced polymer composites. In particular, Fracture Mechanics, Continuum Damage Mechanics, Computational Mechanics for advanced polymer composites, design and manufacture of composite structures, joining of composite structures, and new test methods for composites. He has been involved in several projects (SHEFAE, 2GenComp, iComp, MOMENTUM, HY-LYGHT,ULTIMAT) funded by the European Commission and by the aeronautic industry and he has been supervisor of four PhD students. He was Visiting Lecturer at the University of Girona in February 2012, and Visiting Scientist at NASA - Langley Research Center in September 2014. He joined INEGI in February 2015 as Research Coordinator. In June 2016 after leaving INEGI, he has joined, as a Lecturer, the Advanced Composite Research Group (ACRG) at the Queen’s University Belfast. He is a member of Euromech since 2014.

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Research Output

A case for Tsai's Modulus, an invariant-based approach to stiffness

Arteiro, A., Sharma, N., Melo, J. D. D., Ha, S. K., Miravete, A., Miyano, Y., Massard, T., Shah, P. D., Roy, S., Rainsberger, R., Rother, K., Cimini, C., Seng, J. M., Arakaki, F. K., Tay, T. E., Lee, W. I., Sihn, S., Springer, G. S., Roy, A., Riccio, A. & 9 others, Di Caprio, F., Shrivastava, S., Nettles, A. T., Catalanotti, G., Camanho, P. P., Seneviratne, W., Marques, A. T., Yang, H. T. & Hahn, H. T., 09 Jul 2020, In : Composite Structures. 252, 112683.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Computational micromechanics of the effect of fibre misalignment on the longitudinal compression and shear properties of UD fibre-reinforced plastics

    Sebaey, T. A., Catalanotti, G., Lopes, C. S. & O'Dowd, N., 30 May 2020, In : Composite Structures. 248, 112487.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Experimental determination of mode I fracture parameters in orthotropic materials by means of Digital Image Correlation

    Cappello, R., Pitarresi, G., Xavier, J. & Catalanotti, G., 01 Aug 2020, In : Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics. 108, 102663.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    ICCM23 - International Conference on Composite Material

    Giuseppe Catalanotti (Organiser)

    02 Aug 202108 Aug 2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    ICONIC Conference 2020

    Giuseppe Catalanotti (Organiser)

    May 2020 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    University of Palermo

    Giuseppe Catalanotti (Visiting lecturer)

    Dec 2018 → …

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

    University of Palermo (External organisation)

    Giuseppe Catalanotti (Board Member)

    28 Feb 2018 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of board

    Response of composite laminates under out-of-plane loading

    Giuseppe Catalanotti (Examiner)

    28 May 2018

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination


    Experimental and numerical developments in predicting the crashworthiness of Formula One composite structures

    Author: Dalli, D., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Falzon, B. (Supervisor) & Catalanotti, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    High-resolution numerical models for damage assessment in composite materials

    Author: Varandas, L., Dec 2020

    Supervisor: Falzon, B. (Supervisor) & Catalanotti, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Simulating artificial lightning and composite damage

    Author: Millen, S., Dec 2019

    Supervisor: Murphy, A. (Supervisor), Abdelal, G. (Supervisor) & Catalanotti, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy