Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Professor of Advanced Structural Design



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316City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Professor Lorenzo Iannucci obtained his Bachelor of Science (1st class honours) in Aeronautics Engineering from the Department of Aeronautics of Imperial College. A Master of Science in computation mechanics followed this also from the Department of Aeronautics of Imperial College.

Following graduation Prof Iannucci worked as a Design Engineer for Babcock Power Ltd from 1981 designing nuclear power and offshore structure in safety critical environments. In 1985 Prof Iannucci became a Senior Design Engineer for Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd designing critical structural items for nuclear power systems.

In 1986 Dr Iannucci took a Research Assistant position in the Department of Civil Engineering of Imperial College on a project for the RAE Farnborough on the development of novel experimental and numerical techniques to model explosions in soils. In 1990 Dr Iannucci was promoted to a Research Fellow within the department. A PhD was awarded on part of the research undertaken on this research contract for the Ministry of Defence.

In 1991 Prof Iannucci returned to UK industry and worked for a BAe company developing novel composite failure models and impact modelling techniques. In 1994 he was head of the Advanced Structures group and leading several European projects on the development of composite design tools. He was also involved in pioneering a new novel bird strike modelling technique.

In 1996 Dr Iannucci took up a position of Principal Scientist for DRA further developing the novel composite modelling techniques and leading basic research projects for the European Union. He was also chairman of the Bird Strike GARTEUR group.

In 1998 Prof Iannucci took up a position of Lecturer in advanced structural design in the Department of Aeronautics, and continued to developed his research interest in material and modelling techniques relevant to dynamic analyses, impact testing and modelling using DYNA3D, genetic algorithms for impact optimisations, and design of morphing and flow control structures.

Since arriving in the department Prof Iannucci has introduced the DYNA3D code as a tool which can be used on a range of highly non-linear problems. He has implemented several new material models into DYNA3D, which have been used on a range of projects, both in industry and within the department.

In 2000 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer. He is currently involved in research funded by the CEC, EPRSC, DSTL, QINETIQ, BAE/RR and the DTI(TSB). He has also published numerous journal and international conference papers. 



Katafiasz TJ, Iannucci L, Greenhalgh ES, 2019, Development of a novel compact tension specimen to mitigate premature compression and buckling failure modes within fibre hybrid epoxy composites, Composite Structures, Vol:207, ISSN:0263-8223, Pages:93-107

Abdullah SIBS, Iannucci L, Greenhalgh ES, 2018, On the translaminar fracture toughness of Vectran/epoxy composite material, Composite Structures, Vol:202, ISSN:0263-8223, Pages:566-577

Iannucci L, Del Rosso S, Curtis PT, et al., 2018, Understanding the Thickness Effect on the Tensile Strength Property of Dyneema (R) HB26 Laminates, Materials, Vol:11, ISSN:1996-1944

Cwik TK, Iannucci L, Curtis P, et al., 2017, Design and Ballistic Performance of Hybrid Composite Laminates, Applied Composite Materials, Vol:24, ISSN:0929-189X, Pages:717-733

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