Imperial College London

Dr Andrew Phillips

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Reader in Structural Biomechanics



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Andrew specialises in structural biomechanics, and in particular the development of combined musculoskeletal and finite element modelling approaches. His most recent work investigates the application of optimisation strategies in structural engineering and skeletal biomechanics. He has a developing interest in bioinspired structures and the design of structural forms based on multiple environmental factors.

He gained his MEng degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Edinburgh in 2001. He went on to study Orthopaedic Engineering, gaining a PhD, titled Numerical Modelling of the Pelvis and Acetabular Construct following Hip Arthroplasty also from the University of Edinburgh in 2005. He spent a year as a Research Fellow at Edinburgh Orthopaedic Engineering Centre, before taking his post as a Lecturer at Imperial College London.

He is leader of the Structural Biomechanics Group. He is Learning Threads Coordinator for the MEng Civil Engineering degree course.

He has a particular interest in engineering education and completed his MEd ULT at Imperial in 2014, investigating Conceptions of Engineering Leadership and the Role of Universities in Developing Engineering Leaders as the subject of his dissertation. He is a regular contributor to the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Engineering Materclasses and Summer School workshops.

He is the Imperial organiser for the Parametric Engineering Course, taught by Arup and SimplyRhino at Imperial.

For a full list of journal publications please see:

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Verbruggen S, Kainz B, Shelmerdine S, et al., 2018, Stresses and strains on the human fetal skeleton during development, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Vol:15, ISSN:1742-5662, Pages:1-11

Villette CC, Phillips ATM, 2017, Microscale poroelastic metamodel for efficient mesoscale bone remodelling simulations., Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, Vol:16, ISSN:1617-7940, Pages:2077-2091

Geraldes DM, Modenese L, Phillips ATM, 2015, Consideration of multiple load cases is critical in modelling orthotropic bone adaptation in the femur, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, Vol:15, ISSN:1617-7959, Pages:1029-1042

Verbruggen SW, Loo JHW, Hayat TTA, et al., 2015, Modeling the biomechanics of fetal movements, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, Vol:15, ISSN:1617-7959, Pages:995-1004

Phillips ATM, Villette CC, Modenese L, 2015, Femoral bone mesoscale structural architecture prediction using musculoskeletal and finite element modelling, International Biomechanics, Vol:2, ISSN:2333-5432, Pages:43-61

Gopalakrishnan A, Modenese L, Phillips ATM, 2014, A novel computational framework for deducing muscle synergies from experimental joint moments, Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, ISSN:1662-5188

Modenese L, Gopalakrishnan A, Phillips ATM, 2013, Application of a falsification strategy to a musculoskeletal model of the lower limb and accuracy of the predicted hip contact force vector, Journal of Biomechanics, Vol:46, Pages:1193-1200

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