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Roger Owen

Professor Roger Owen FREng FRS

Fellow


Elected: 2009

Biography

Roger Owen conducts research into solid and structural mechanics by applying computational methods. Roger’s pioneering work has produced strategies for approaching plastic deformation problems, which involve the irreversible change in shape or size of a material placed under strain. His significant findings have improved our understanding of the behaviour of materials when exposed to explosion or impact.

He has also developed discrete element methods for modelling and simulating particulate or multi-fracturing materials. These results have relevance for both basic materials studies and civil and mechanical engineering applications. Examples include the simulation of explosions and seismic loading — shaking experienced by structures such as buildings during an earthquake.

Roger has received numerous honours for his contributions to theoretical and computational solid mechanics, including the Gauss–Newton Medal of the International Association for Computational Mechanics. He is a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.He is also the founder and Chairman of Rockfield Software, which provides the engineering community with computational solutions based on discrete and finite element analysis.

Professional positions

Research Professor, Civil and Computational Engineering Centre, Swansea University
Honorary Professor, Chinese Agricultural University

Interests and expertise

Subject groups

Keywords

Computational modelling, Finite element analysis, Particle modelling