Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Professor in Tribology



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Dr Daniele Dini, Laurea (M.Eng.) in Mechanical Engineering (Bari, Italy), D.Phil. (University of Oxford), CEng, MIMechE, MASME and FHEA holds a post as a Reader in Tribology and he is a member of the Tribology Group.

Prior to joining Imperial College, and after receiving an M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from the Politecnico di Bari (Italy) in 2000. Dr. Dini studied for a D.Phil. in Fretting Fatigue and Contact Mechanics at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Dini''s research interests lie in the application of advanced modelling strategies to tribology and structural integrity. His current research focus is three-fold: (i) research on fundamental and theoretical aspects of molecular dynamics, fluid and solid mechanics, and biomechanics, (ii) development of numerical tools and software for the solution of advanced tribological, biomechanical and structural problems, and (iii) development of multi-physics solvers and multi-scale coupling strategies.  Given the multidisciplinary nature of his research, both fundamental and applied in character, he supervises research which encompasses a broad number of different technical disciplines. For instance, he has recently published in the areas of tribology, chemical physics, soft matter physics, fatigue and fracture, fundamentals of solid mechanics, and biomechanics. He has published over 100 papers in international journals and presented a number of invited talks and contributions at conferences on these subjects since 2002.

He is the recipient of a number of awards, including: the Tribology Trust Bronze Medal awarded by the IMechE (2004), for his contribution to the fretting field and to the design of fan blades in gas turbine engines; the Jacob Wallenberg Foundation Award (Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science, 2007); the Rector’s Research Excellence Award (Imperial College London, awarded to the Tribology Group in 2008); the Rector’s Award and Medal for Excellence in Research Supervision (Imperial College London, 2012); three best paper awards: Thomas Bernard Hall Prize (IMechE 2008 and 2010) and the K.L. Johnson Award 2012 (ASME).

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Medina S, Dini D, 2014, A numerical model for the deterministic analysis of adhesive rough contacts down to the nano-scale, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol:51, ISSN:0020-7683, Pages:2620-2632

Heyes DM, Smith ER, Dini D, et al., 2014, The method of planes pressure tensor for a spherical subvolume, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:140, ISSN:0021-9606

Gattinoni C, Heyes DM, Lorenz CD, et al., 2013, Traction and nonequilibrium phase behavior of confined sheared liquids at high pressure, Physical Review E, Vol:88, ISSN:1539-3755

Gurrutxaga-Lerma B, Balint DS, Dini D, et al., 2013, A dynamic discrete dislocation plasticity method for the simulation of plastic relaxation under shock loading, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, Vol:469, ISSN:1364-5021

Accardi MA, McCullen SD, Callanan A, et al., 2013, Effects of Fiber Orientation on the Frictional Properties and Damage of Regenerative Articular Cartilage Surfaces, Tissue Engineering Part A, Vol:19, ISSN:1937-3341, Pages:2300-2310

Mattei L, Campioni E, Accardi MA, et al., 2014, Finite element analysis of the meniscectomised tibio-femoral joint: implementation of advanced articular cartilage models., Comput Methods Biomech Biomed Engin, Vol:17, Pages:1553-1571

Medina S, Nowell D, Dini D, 2013, Analytical and Numerical Models for Tangential Stiffness of Rough Elastic Contacts, Tribology Letters, Vol:49, ISSN:1023-8883, Pages:103-115

Bertocchi L, Dini D, Giacopini M, et al., 2013, Fluid film lubrication in the presence of cavitation: a mass-conserving two-dimensional formulation for compressible, piezoviscous and non-Newtonian fluids, Tribology International, Vol:67, ISSN:0301-679X, Pages:61-71

Hills DA, Thaitirarot A, Barber JR, et al., 2012, Correlation of fretting fatigue experimental results using an asymptotic approach, International Journal of Fatigue, Vol:43, ISSN:0142-1123, Pages:62-75

Heyes DM, Smith ER, Dini D, et al., 2012, Pressure dependence of confined liquid behavior subjected to boundary-driven shear, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:136, ISSN:0021-9606

Medina S, Olver AV, Dini D, 2012, The Influence of Surface Topography on Energy Dissipation and Compliance in Tangentially Loaded Elastic Contacts, Journal of Tribology - Transactions of the ASME, Vol:134, ISSN:0742-4787

Scaraggi M, Carbone G, Dini D, 2011, Experimental Evidence of Micro-EHL Lubrication in Rough Soft Contacts, Tribology Letters, Vol:43, ISSN:1023-8883, Pages:169-174

Balcombe R, Fowell MT, Olver AV, et al., 2011, A coupled approach for rolling contact fatigue cracks in the hydrodynamic lubrication regime: The importance of fluid/solid interactions, Wear, Vol:271, ISSN:0043-1648, Pages:720-733

Giacopini M, Fowell MT, Dini D, et al., 2010, A Mass-Conserving Complementarity Formulation to Study Lubricant Films in the Presence of Cavitation, Journal of Tribology - Transactions of the ASME, Vol:132, ISSN:0742-4787

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