Prof. Ing. Claire De Marco

Prof. Ing. Claire De Marco

Prof. Ing. Claire De Marco

  B.Mech.Eng.(Hons),P.G.C.E.,Ph.D.,C.Eng.,FRINA

Associate Professor

Room 313A
Engineering Building
University of Malta
Msida
  +356 2340 2106
Prof Claire De Marco graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Malta in 1989 as a medical Mechanical Engineer with the Department of Health, St Luke’s Hospital, Malta who sponsored her during her undergraduate degree.

She continued her studies at the University of Reading, UK as a Research Assistant, whilst researching for her Ph.D attained in 1992. Her doctoral thesis entitled the ‘Tearing of Packaging Materials’ in the field of fracture mechanics funded by SERC, continuing her academic formation as a Research Fellow at Reading University on after completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, in Science (Physics), taught Physics and Mathematics at Reading Grammar School (1997-2003), attaining a Recognition Assessment in excellence of knowledge and understanding, teaching and assessment, pupil progress, wider professional effectiveness and professional characteristics from the Dffe, UK.

In 2003, she joined the University in the Mathematics Department (Junior College) lecturing Pure and Applied Mathematics and in 2008 joined the Mechanical Engineering Department, as an academic in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

She lectures at undergraduate/postgraduate level in naval architecture, ship structures, applied mechanics of cracked bodies, fundamentals in ship science and structural mechanics for maritime applications. Her research is mainly in the area of study of Maritime Engineering and Applied Engineering Mechanics, predominately in the field of naval architecture, light weight composite materials and sandwich structures, impact mechanics, structural analysis – experimental and computational, fracture and damage mechanics of advanced materials.

Claire is the coordinator of the Maritime Engineering area of study, Chair of the University Maritime Platform, University representative to the Malta Maritime Forum and Royal institution of Naval Architects, RINA, UK, and a RINA Council member.

Currently, Claire is the project leader of an H2020 Project - VENTuRE - A Virtual and physical Experimental towing ceNtre for The design of eneRgy Efficient sea fairing vessels funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and Innovation programme. Project No. 856887, (2020- ) and on the UM SEA-EU, The European University of the Seas, Erasmus+, RDI subcommittee (2019- ). She has also been the project leader and team member of various other research projects.
  • Composite Materials
  • Sandwich Structures
  • Impact Mechanics
  • Naval Architecture
  • Ship Structures
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Structural Analysis

BEZZINA, D.S., MUSCAT, M. and DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C., 2021. Development of a monocoque formula SAE chassis using carbon fibre sandwich panels, 19th Industrial Simulation Conference, ISC'2021, Valletta, Malta, 2-4 June 2021.

SONG, S., DEMIREL, Y.K. and DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C., 2021. Economic and envirnomental impacts of antifouling coatings used on the fishing boats in Turkey, 2nd International Congress on Ship Marine Technology, GMO-SHIPMAR 2021, Istanbul, Turkey, 16-17 September 2021.

SONG, S., DEMIREL, Y.K., DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C., TEZDOGAN, T. and ATLAR, M., 2021. Investigating the effect of heterogenous hull roughness on ship resistance. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 2(9), pp. 202.

SONG, S., RAVENNA, R., DAI, S., DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C., TANI, G., DEMIREL, Y.K., MEHMET, A., DAY, S. and INCECIK, A., 2021. Experimental investigation on the effect of heterogenous hull roughness on ship resistance. Ocean Engineering, 223.

TERZIEV, M., TEZDOGAN, T., INCECIK, A. and DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C., 2021. Investigating the influence of sheared currents on shiphydrodynamics in confiened water using computational fluid dynamics, 9th International Conference on Computational Methods in Marine Engineering, Edinburgh, UK, 2-4 June 2021.

SONG, S., DEMIREL, Y.K., DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C., TEZDOGAN, T. and ATLAR, M., 2020. Fouling effect on the resistance of different ship types. Ocean Engineering, 216.

BONNICI, C., DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C. and GHIRLANDO, R., 2018. Residual Strength Analysis of a Damaged WWII T2 Tanker. Journal of Ship Research, 62(27), pp. 48-4.

BONNICI, C., DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C. and GHIRLANDO, R., 2017. Analysis of a WWII T-2 Tanker Using a Virtual 3D Model and Contemporary Criteria. International Journal of Maritime Engineering, 159(Part A4), pp. 355-366.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M., BONELLO, J., CHAMPAGNE, S., 2017. Assessment of Residual Strength of Marine Laminate Panels, A.J.M. FERREIRA, E. VIOLA, F. TORNABENE and N. FANTUZZI, eds. In: MECHCOMP3, 3rd International Conference on Mechanics of Composites, 4-7 July 2017, Societa` Editrice Esculapio, pp. 102.

BONNICI, C., DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C. and GHIRLANDO, R., 2016. Enginering Analysis of the SS Ohio, International Conference Historic Ships, RINA HQ, London, UK, 7th - 8th December 2016.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C., CIAPPARA,., 2016. Energy & crack tip stress interactions in mixed mode I/III fracture of DX51 steel sheets. Challenge Journal of Structural Mechanics, 2(3), pp. 141-148.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M. and CIAPPARA, S., 2016. Mixed Mode Fracture of DX51 Steel Sheets, 17th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics, ICEM17, Rhodes, Greece, 3rd - 7th July 2016.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M. and MEINGER, P., 2016. Marine Composite FRP Properties Predictions and Validations, 17th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics, ICEM17, Rhodes, Greece, 3rd - 7th July 2016.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M. and MIZZI, K., 2016. Analysis of the Impact on Composite Structures, International Conference on the Impact Loading of Lighweight Structures, ICILSM 2016, Turin, Italy, 22 - 26 May 2016.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M., MUSCAT, M. and ZAMMIT, A., 2016. Engineering Stress Analysis Using Photostress and Computational Techniques, 17th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics, ICEM17, Rhodes, Greece, 3rd - 7th July 2016.

VELLA, R., DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C. and MOLLICONE, P., 2015. Simulation of Quasi-Static Impact Response of Flat Marine Grade Foam-Filled Composite Sandwich Hull Panels. EngineSoft Newsletter – Simulation Based Engineering & Sciences, 12(1), pp. 38-39.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C., CORTIS, J., CASSAR, C., 2014. Characterising QSLVII Damage of Composite Sandwich Hull. Procedia Engineering, Elseiver, Science Direct, 88, pp. 141-148.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C. and GRECH LA ROSA, A.M., 2014. Resistance Analysis for a Trimaran. International Journal of Mechanical, Industrial Science and Engineering, 8(1), pp. 7-15.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M., CORTIS, J. and CASSAR, C., 2014. Impact Damage Testing on Composite Marine Sandwich Panels. Part 1: Quasi-Static. Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials, 16(4), pp. 341-376.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M., CORTIS, J. and CASSAR, C., 2014. Impact Damage Testing on Composite Marine Sandwich Panels. Part 2: Instrumented Drop Weight. Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials, 16(5), pp. 443-480.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M., CORTIS, J. and CASSAR, C.:., 2014. QSI and LVI Damage of Marine Sandwich Hulls, DraF2014, International Symposium on Dynamic Response and Failure of Composite Materials, 15-17 September 2014, Island of Ischia, Italy, 15 - 17 September 2014.

VELLA, R., DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C. and MOLLICONE, P., 2014. Finite Element Modelling of Foam Filled Sandwich Panels Subjected to Quasi-Static-Low-Velocity Impact, International CAE Conference, Pacengo del Garda (Verona), Italy, October 27-29 2014.

VELLA, R., DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C. and MOLLICONE, P., 2014. QSI Response of Foam-Filled Composite Marine Sandwich Panels, Simulation and Experiment. Procedia Engineering, Elseiver, Science Direct, 88, pp. 200-207.

VELLA, R., DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M. and MOLLICONE, P., 2014. The Response of Quasi-Static Low-Velocity Impact on Foam-Filled Sandwich Panels, DraF2014, International Symposium on Dynamic Response and Failure of Composite Materials, 15-17 September 2014, Island of Ischia, Italy, 15-17 September 2014.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C. and CORTIS, J., 2013. Fabrication of Advanced Hybrid Composite Sandwich Panels - Tesing & Simulation - FACTS 7. Dissemination of Research Discoveries. 8. Externalization  . R&I-2011-002-WP7 & WP8. University of Malta & Malta Council for Science & Technology, MCST.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M., 2013. Modelling Behaviour - Brief Profiles of Women Academics at the University of Malta
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DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M. and CIAPPARA, S., 2013. Connecting the essential work of fracture, stress intensity, Hill's criterion in mixed mode I/II loading. International Journal of Fracture, 2(October), pp. 187.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M., CORTIS, J., BUHAGIAR, R. and CASSAR, C., 2013. Impact and Grounding Resistance Analysis of Marine Grade Sandwich Hull Panels, ICCS17, 17th International Conference of Composite Structures, 17-21st June 2013, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, 17-21 June 2013.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M., CORTIS, J. and CASSAR, C., 2013. Characterisation of Composite Hybrid Marine grade Sandwich Panels, ICCS17, 17th International Conference of Composite Structures, 17-21st June 2013, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, 17-21 June 2013.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C., GRECH LA ROSA, A.M., 2012. Stability Analysis of a Tricore, International Conference on Marine and Naval Engineering, ICMNE 2012, 28 - 30 March 2012.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M., 2012. Ceremony 3. Academic Oration. Postgraduate. Wednesday 21 November 2012, Jesuits' Church Valletta, University of Malta: University of Malta.

DE MARCO MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M., CORTIS, J., CASSAR, C., 2012. Hybrid Composite Hull Panels Fabricated Using Vacuum Bagging Techniques. 17th International Conference on Ships & Shipping Research & Advancing with Composites 2012 Symposium, NAV2012 - 16/19th October 2012, Naples, Italy. Organised by ATENA - Associazione Italiana Di Tecnica Navale, 16 - 19th October 2012.

GHISAURA, U., BRIZZOLARA, S., SANT, T. and DE MARCO, C., 2011. Experimental and Numerical Methods for the Evaluation of Wave Loads on OffShore Platforms in Extreme Sea Conditions, EWEA OFFSHORE 2011, 29 Nov - 1 Dec 2011.

MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M. and ATKINS, A.G., 1998. Denting and Fracture of Sheet Steel by Blunt and Sharp Obstacles in Glancing Collisions. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 21, pp. 499-519.

MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M. and ATKINS, A.G., 1997. Out-Of-Plane Stretching and Tearing Fracture in Ductile Sheet Materials. International Journal of Fracture, 84, pp. 297-306.

MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M., ARNDT, S. and ATKINS, A.G., 1996. The Determination of Fracture Forming Limit Diagrams from Fracture Toughness, H.J.J. KALS, B. SHIRVANI, U.P. SINGH and M. GEIGER, eds. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference of Sheet Metal 1996, April, 1 - 3 1996, Twente University, pp. 249-260.

ATKINS, A.G., WIERZBICKI, T., and MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M., 1994, 15 -16 June. Exhibition - Opposite Paths in the Tearing of Sheet Materials - New Frontiers in Science. The Royal Society London.

MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M. and ATKINS, A.G., 1994. The Effect of Anisotropy in Fracture Toughness and Yield Strength in the Tearing of Ductile Sheet Materials. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 36, pp. 1109-1119.

MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M. and ATKINS, A.G., 1994. Elastoplastic Convergent and Divergent Crack Paths in Tear Testing of Sheet Materials. The International Journal of Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures, 17(2), pp. 133-143.

MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M. and ATKINS, A.G., 1994. Elastoplastic Trouser Tear Testing of Sheet Materials. International Journal of Fracture, 67, pp. 69-80.

MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M., LIU, J.H. and ATKINS, A.G., 1992. The Trousers Tearing Test With Ductile Metal Sheets, S.K. GHOSH and M. PREDELEANU, eds. In: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Material Processing Defects, july 1 - 3 1992, Elsevier SCience Publishers B.V., pp. 301-315.

MUSCAT-FENECH, C.M., LIU, J.H. and ATKINS, A.G., 1992. The Trousers Tearing Test With Ductile Metal Sheets.. Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 32(1 - 2), pp. 301-315.

  • MEC2101 - Statics and Mechanics of Materials for Scientists
  • MEC3010 - Naval Architecture
  • MEC4014 - Applied Mechanics of Cracked Bodies
  • MEC4018 - Ship Structures
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