Imperial College London

Dr Soraia Pimenta

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Reader in Mechanics of Materials and Structures



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Soraia is a Reader at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London. She obtained her PhD from Imperial College London in 2013. Soraia’s research focuses on the mechanics of composites, with emphasis on the development of accurate and efficient models, addressing the entire life-cycle of materials and structures, and spanning from high-performance to high-volume applications of composites. Soraia received the SAMPE Schliekelmann Award in 2009, the International Committee for Composite Materials Tsai Award in 2011, the Japan Society for Composite Materials Hayashi Memorial International Award in 2015, and a Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering (2015-2020).

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Li Y, Pimenta S, Singgih J, et al., 2017, Experimental investigation of randomly-oriented tow-based discontinuous composites and their equivalent laminates, Composites Part A - Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:102, ISSN:1359-835X, Pages:64-75

Pimenta S, 2017, A computationally-efficient hierarchical scaling law to predict damage accumulation in composite fibre-bundles, Composites Science and Technology, Vol:146, ISSN:0266-3538, Pages:210-225

Henry J, Pimenta S, 2017, Semi-analytical simulation of aligned discontinuous composites, Composites Science and Technology, Vol:144, ISSN:0266-3538, Pages:230-244

Pimenta S, Pinho ST, Robinson P, et al., 2010, Mechanical analysis and toughening mechanisms of a multiphase recycled CFRP, Composites Science and Technology, Vol:70, ISSN:0266-3538, Pages:1713-1725

Pimenta S, Gutkin R, Pinho ST, et al., 2009, A micromechanical model for kink-band formation: Part II-Analytical modelling, Composites Science and Technology, Vol:69, ISSN:0266-3538, Pages:956-964

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