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Professor Ole Thybo Thomsen MSc, PhD

Professor of Structures and Materials

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Professor Ole Thomsen is Head of the Infrastructure Research Group. He is a Professor of Structures and Materials within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Professor Thomsen was awarded MSc (1986) and PhD (1990) degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Aalborg University, Denmark. His professional experience includes positions as a postdoctoral fellow at Aalborg University; Research Fellow with the European Space Agency (ESA), European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), the Netherlands (1993-1995); Associate Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark (1995); Professor of Solid Mechanics with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aalborg University (2001), Denmark, and Head of Department at the same place 2002-2010. In addition, Professor Thomsen has held visiting professor positions with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Center for Composite Materials, University of Delaware, USA (1999-2000); Israel Institute of Technology - Technion, Haifa, Israel (8 stays in the period 1999-2010); University of Southampton, School of Engineering Sciences (2008-2011).

Professor Thomsen is currently Chairman of the Danish Council for Independent Research | Technology and Production Sciences (FTP). He is a member of the Danish Academy of the Technical Sciences (ATV), and is currently Associate Editor for Strain - An International Journal for Experimental Mechanics.

Research interests

Professor Thomsen´s interests include experimental, theoretical and computational mechanics with special focus on design, characterization and evaluation of lightweight structures made of composite and sandwich materials as well as light metal alloys. His main field of research concerns the modelling and experimental characterization of localised effects and failure in lightweight composite and sandwich structures subjected to static, fatigue and dynamic loading conditions.

Research group

Infrastructure Group

Affiliate research groups

Fluid Structure Interactions, Engineering Materials

Research project(s)

Novel Integrated Imaging Approaches for Damage Characterisation of Composite Materials and Structures

The project aims at developing an idea known as ‘Strain-based NDE’. Here full field imaging techniques are used to capture data that is directly related to the strain caused by the damage to provide prognostic information on the effect of damage in composite materials.

High-fidelity testing of wind turbine blade substructures

High-fidelity evaluation of wind turbine blade substructural components by combined submodelling and testing.

Integrated experimental and computational characterisation of advanced composite materials subjected to multiaxial loading

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Professor Ole Thybo Thomsen
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF
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