Dr Francisca Martinez-Hergueta

Lecturer in Impulsive Dynamics



+44(0)131 6519044


1.19 William Rankine Building

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Mechanical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Infrastructure and Environment


I am an academic in composite materials technology with a particular interest in the development of lightweight structures to reduce the carbon footprint of transport industries such as aerospace and automotive. My current research line focuses on digital design of materials and the accelerated development of composite products with improved impact performance. I have interest in emerging manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing, automated fibre placement and low-cost compression moulding. My strategy is based on a coupled multiscale experimental and numerical approach to determine the role of the microstructure in the catastrophic failure of a component. Multiscale numerical techniques are also employed for design purposes, tailoring microstructural features such as fibre orientation and volume, to enhance ductility and strength. 

Academic Qualifications: 

  • PhD, Technical Uniersity of Madrid (2016)
  • MEng, University Carlos III Madrid (2011)
  • BEng, University of Castilla - La Mancha (2008)


  • Advanced Dynamics and Applications 5 / Dynamics 5
  • Cohort Lead Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: 

Open to PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and academic visitors to work on the development of novel composites with improved structural integrity. We can provide support in specific areas: 

  • Impact response of composites
  • Multiscale modelling
  • Advanced characterisation techniques

PhD scholarships are available at the following links:

Carnegie PhD Scholarship

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships

China Scholarship Council

Principal's Career Development Scholarship