Imperial College London

Baiz Villafranca

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Computing




+44 (0)7916 253 021p.m.baiz




ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus





Pedro M. Baiz Villafranca is a Lecturer in Aero Structures at the Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London.

His main research interests are in the field of Computational Science and Engineering, specifically in the area of Advanced Structural Modelling Methods (Boundary Element Method / Meshfree Methods / Finite Element Method). Specific areas of applications include:

  • Thin Walled Structures (e.g. Beams/Plates/Shells)
  • Large Deflection, Buckling and Post-buckling.
  • Fracture Mechanics.
  • Multifunctional Materials (e.g. Electro-Thermo-Mechanical Effects).
  • NanoComposites (e.g. Carbon Nanotube Based Composites).

Pedro graduated in Mechanical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) at the Universidad de Oriente (Venezuela) in 2002, and after a short work experience in the oil industry moved to London for postgraduate studies. He obtained a PhD from the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London in 2006 and remained in the same Department as a Research Associate until 2008.

Please contact him if you are interested in carrying out research in any of the above fields.



Toolabi M, Fallah AS, Baiz PM, et al., 2013, Dynamic analysis of a viscoelastic orthotropic cracked body using the extended finite element method, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol:109, ISSN:0013-7944, Pages:17-32

Wong LLC, Villafranca PMB, Menner A, et al., 2013, Hierarchical Polymerized High Internal Phase Emulsions Synthesized from Surfactant-Stabilized Emulsion Templates, Langmuir, Vol:29, ISSN:0743-7463, Pages:5952-5961

Chen BY, Tay TE, Baiz PM, et al., 2013, Numerical analysis of size effects on open-hole tensile composite laminates, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:47, Pages:52-62


Baiz PM, Chen BY, Pinho ST, et al., 2013, Modelling Multiple Discontinuities within an Element for Applications in Composite Fracture, UK National Conference on Computational Mechanics in Engineering

Baiz PM, Hale J, 2012, A Meshless Method for the Reissner-Mindlin Plate Model based on a Stabilised Mixed Weak Form, 13th International Conference on Boundary Elements Techniques

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