Prof Pankaj Pankaj

Professor of Computational Biomechanics



+44(0)131 6505800


1/A104 Alrick Building

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Bioengineering

Research Theme: 

  • Bioengineering
  • Fire Safety Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Materials and Structures
Prof Pankaj Pankaj
Prof Pankaj Pankaj

Academic Qualifications: 

  • PhD University of Wales Swansea
  • ME Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
  • BTech Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi


  • Finite Element Methods for Solids and Structures
  • Structural Mechanics 2B
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering

Research Interests: 

Computational Biomechanics and Numerical Modelling

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My principal expertise has been in the area of nonlinear computational structural and solid mechanics to model complex mechanical behaviour of materials. I have developed new constitutive models and finite element algorithms. I am also interested in lab experiments to support and validate my research. I have been actively involved in the development of closed-form solutions, numerical algorithms and benchmark tests in elastoplasticity. One of the major successful application areas of my expertise is orthopaedic biomechanics - a research group that I established and lead. The group is one of the leading international groups in the area of simulating nonlinear micromechanical behaviour of bone. My current research interests are:

  • Micro-mechanics of bone and its micro-architecture. We aim to develop techniques for prediction of bone mechanical properties from imaging for diagnoses and numerical modelling.
  • Development of models to predict time dependent behaviour of bone
  • Hip and knee joint modelling and evaluation of implant performance
  • Optimising fixation of osteoporotic bone fractures
  • Constitutive models of bone graft which is extensively used in revision surgery
  • Modelling of diseased arteries
  • Nonlinear homogenisation
  • Development of new plasticity models
  • Micro-cracking simulation in porous materials
  • Novel open-source finite element code development for implementation on high performance computer systems
  • Modelling quasi-brittle materials at elevated temperatures


  • Mathematical Simulation of the Mechanical Behaviour of Materials
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Orthopaedic Engineering
  • Computational Biomechanics
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering

Further Information: 

  • Dean International (South Asia) for The University of Edinburgh
  • Deputy Head of the Institute for Bioengineering, School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh