Professor Becker obtained his BSc(Eng) in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London and continued his studies at Imperial College to obtain a PhD in 1983. He then took up a Senior Lecturer post at Staffordshire University and returned to Imperial College as Lecturer in 1986. He joined the academic staff at the University of Nottingham in 1990 and was appointed to a Chair in Mechanical Engineering in January 2001. He was awarded a DSc in 2010.
He is the Director of the University's Spencer Institute of Theoretical and Computational Mechanics (2008-2016) and was the Head of the Structural Integrity and Dynamics Research Group (2001-2015). He is the Chairman of the NAFEMS Education and Training Committee, Member of the IMechE Professional Review Committee and was Chairman of the IMechE Structural Technology and Materials Committee (2010-2012).
He serves on Editorial Boards of two international journals, and has organised and chaired several international conferences. He has served as an External Examiner for many PhD theses in the UK and abroad, and an External Examiner for undergraduate courses. He has also served on international expert research panels abroad.
He has published over 260 publications in the open literature, including 125 journal papers, and is the author of four textbooks on computational mechanics.
Professor Becker is a member of the Gas Turbine and Transmissions Research Centre (G2TRC).
Research Expertise in computational mechanics and stress analysis, including Finite Element advanced simulations, Boundary Element techniques, high temperature and creep applications, analysis of welds, contact mechanics, fracture, structural integrity and manufacturing simulations. Innovative applications include inverse mechanics, simulation of surgery and modelling plant root growth.
Computational mechanics;Non-linear Finite Element analysis; High temperature creep applications; Structural Integrity; Welded structures; Continuum damage mechanics; Contact mechanics; Frictional… read more
Computational mechanics;Non-linear Finite Element analysis; High temperature creep applications; Structural Integrity; Welded structures; Continuum damage mechanics; Contact mechanics; Frictional stick/slip modelling; Plasticity; Fatigue; Fracture mechanics, Boundary Element analysis.
Novel computational mechanics techniques; New applications of Finite Element techniques; High temperature creep and damage simulation; Weld simulation; Contact mechanics and frictional stick/slip modelling; Virtual Reality surgery simulation