Today, most of the industrial and scientific issues in engineering combine several elements in physics including heat transfer, fluid flows, chemical diffusions, fracture, electromagnetic effects and metallurgical and mechanical states. My primary research interest is in the area of modeling multiphysics couplings in mechanical engineering. Specifically, I work on the modeling and numerical simulation of Hydrogen Induced Cracking (HIC) in steel pipes for the oil and gas industry.
I am in charge of developing a numerical tool for HIC issues to be used as a support decision tool to determine in advance the maintenance policy for the affected pipes. In the near future, this would considerably reduce the costs linked to unpredictable shutdown and repairs of production units. My general research question is how the numerical simulation can support engineers toward a sustainable design of products.