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Building C1, 2nd floor, Room C-10

Campus Nord UPC


C/Gran Capità, s/n Campus Nord UPC, Edificio C1

08034, Barcelona, Barcelona, España

Professional Profile

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Structural Mechanics

Position in CIMNE

Assistant Research Professor

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CV Ignasi de Pouplana Sardà is a Civil Engineer by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) since 2014. He is also a Master in Structural & Construction Engineering and a Ph.D. in Structural Analysis by the same university since 2015 and 2018, respectively. His scientific career started in 2012 at the International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE, when, in the context of the Civil Engineering bachelor thesis, he worked on the implementation and validation of a new code of the Discrete Element Method (DEM). In 2014 he started working on continuum damage mechanics in the field of the Finite Element Method (FEM) under the supervision of Professor Eugenio Oñate, and developed a new approach for the failure analysis of quasi-brittle materials by combining non-local damage models with adaptive mesh refinement techniques. Ignasi developed the Ph.D. with the research focused on fluid-structure interaction in porous and fractured media. Topics of major interest included: stable analysis of the fluid flux in porous media, fracture of the solid driven by the fluid pressure, and adaptivity of the mesh to propagate fractures in the porous domain by means of the so-called “quasi-zero-thickness interface elements”. He has also participated in various research projects at CIMNE with different objectives, e.g. monitoring of stresses during the construction process of concrete arch dams, prediction of the final stress state of metallic pieces during casting processes, and optimization of drill bit geometries for Particle Drilling's Technology. Ignasi de Pouplana is currently a postdoctoral researcher at CIMNE working on the extension of the interface elements for different contact applications, such as the study of the pull-out strength of ribbed bars in concrete, or the analysis of multi-delamination processes in composite materials. He is supervising three PhD theses which have widened his research expertise to other topics, i.e. transport of substances in fluids accounting for the convection-diffusion-absorption processes, local-scale fluid-structure interaction problems combining the Particle Finite Element Method (PFEM) with the DEM, and large-scale fluid-structure interaction problems using shallow water models. Furthermore, Ignasi is also an instructor at UPC participating on three different courses: Structural Engineering, Structural Dynamics, and Finite Elements, and he is an active developer of Kratos Multiphysics (, the GitHub open-source framework for building simulation software of CIMNE. So far, Ignasi has published 5 JCR articles, he has 17 citations according to Scopus and 35 according to Google Scholar, with an h-index of 2 and 3, respectively.