Enrique Nadal

Instituto de Ingeniería Mecánica y Biomecánica (I2MB) – Universitat Politècnica de València
Full address: Camino de Vera s/n Edificio 9C. 46022-Valencia (Spain)
E-mail: ennaso@upvnet.upv.es

During my PhD, I have participated in several research projects related to the development of the cgFEM technique. cgFEM is a finite element code based on Cartesian meshes, which allows decoupling the mesh from the geometry. This fact enables the efficient use of hierarchical data structures that will give rise to their use in the applications we develop today. Creating it from scratch, in collaboration with Prof. Ródenas (UPV), has provided me with extensive knowledge in various techniques used in the field of computational mechanics, such as the implementation and development of finite element codes, estimation and control of the discretization error of numerical simulations and also the use and implementation of structural optimization techniques of mechanical components. All of this was reflected in 8 publications in relevant journals and 29 presentations at international conferences and 1 book chapter, in addition to various seminars given as a result of the doctoral thesis.

This high participation in congresses gave me the possibility of obtaining a postdoctoral contract at the École Centrale de Nantes in 2014 for two years where I learned new methods of order reduction of models to increase the efficiency of numerical simulations for industrial processes and also, I started in the use of Machine Learning and Domain Decomposition tools. I am currently developing my career as a professor and researcher at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

In collaboration with Prof. Ródenas (UPV), we are creating a research group at the I2MB (UPV) where these tools are developed through various PhD theses and 2 national and 3 regional research projects. Today we have 6 PhD students under our direct supervision, 2 of them already working at ENSAM-Paris as researchers. My contribution to the financing of this team has been through regional projects as IP and I have participated in public and private projects related to the cgFEM technique and the use of Machine Learning techniques in industrial contexts. In addition, from the point of view of biomechanics, I have participated in several regional projects involving Hospital La Fe in Valencia.

Within this research group, Prof. Ródenas and me are in charge of directing the research lines. These deal with the use of the advantages of cgFEM in various contexts such as structural analysis of medical images, considering the bone remodelling and healing processes; implant optimisation based on structural optimisation techniques; prediction of the structural behaviour of metastatic vertebrae; or increased resolution of medical images of bones. All these themes have emerged within the heart of open debates between the directors of the group and its members (mostly doctoral students). The scientific results associated with this knowledge generation have been reflected in 34 JCR scientific publications and more than 90 international conferences, in addition to international collaborations maintained over time.

Regarding contacts with other centres, I maintain fluid contact with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (A. Huerta and P. Díez), the University of Zaragoza (E. Cueto), the CEU-Cardenal Herrera (A. Falcó), the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers de Paris (F. Chinesta ) and Swansea University (R. Sevilla) and Prof. O. Allix (ENS – París Saclay) who is now at the I2MB on a research stay.

In addition to that, since May 2019 I am a member of the core group of the Young Investigators Committee of the European Community in Computation Mechanics in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS) and since January 2023 president of the Young Investigators Section of SEMNI (Spanish Society of Mechanics and Computer Engineering). Finally, it should be noted that I am an active reviewer of 5 international JCR journals and have organized 2 scientific congresses (ADMOS 2019 and YIC 2021).

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