Prof. Ing. Duncan Camilleri

Prof. Ing. Duncan Camilleri

Prof. Ing. Duncan Camilleri

  B.Eng.(Hons),Ph.D.(Strath.),C.Eng.,M.I.Mech.E. M.A.S.M.E.


Room 236
Engineering Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2527
Prof. Duncan Camilleri obtained his first degree in Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Malta in November 2001, with first class honours. After a short spell in the local manufacturing industry working a design engineer, Prof. Camilleri was appointed as a research assistant at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. During this period between December 2001 and September 2004, he pursued PhD studies. His research focus was on the development of support tools for the prediction of distortion in the design and manufacturing of thin plate welded structures. This research led to the development of the FLAMES (Fabrication of Lightweight Assemblies – Modelling Experimentation and Simulation) group at University of Strathclyde and later University of Malta, and is currently being lead by Prof. Camilleri.

Following his PhD studies, Prof. Camilleri was appointed as a Research Fellow at University of Strathclyde from November 2004 to November 2007. While continuing his research on welding mechanics, Prof. Camilleri also followed post-doctorial studies on pressure vessels. During this time he also formed part of the pressure vessels research group formulating a general procedure for pressure vessel design analysis based on full elastic-plastic analysis including large deformation and strain hardening effects. During these years Prof.Camilleri was also lecturing and supervising engineering students at University of Strathclyde.

In December 2007 Prof. Camilleri joined University of Malta and is currently an associate professor. Prof. Camilleri forms part of the Applied Mechanics and Thermofluids Engineering research cluster. His core research interests and work revolve round computational and experimental mechanics, structural analysis of composite materials, vibration monitoring, machine diagnostics and modal analysis, prediction and mitigation of welding residual stresses and distortion, design and optimization of lightweight assemblies, and non-linear thermo-mechanical finite element analyses.

Prof. Camilleri is the Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department
  • Computational and experimental mechanics
  • Prediction and mitigation of welding residual stresses and distortion
  • Structural analysis of composite materials
  • Vibration monitoring, machine diagnostics and modal analysis
  • Design and optimization of lightweight assemblies
  • Non-linear thermo-mechanical finite element analyses
Research Projects:

Advanced Revolutionary Manufacturing Solutions and Development of Novel GFRP Composite Poles

Date: Jun 2017 - to date
Position: Principal Investigator
Funding Body: MCST, Fusion CVP

Cable Pre-Tensioner for Quay Walls Civil Applications

Date: Oct 2016 - to date
Position: Co-Investigator
Funding Body: Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT)

High Intergrity Low Distortion Assembly

Date: Sept 2012 – Oct 2015
Position: Principal Investigator at UM
Funding body: European Seventh Framework Programme FP7

Innovative Fibre Reinforced Composites Designed for Higher Structural Performance

Date: Feb 2011 – Oct 2013
Position: Principal Investigator
Funding body: MCST R&I Programme

Prizes and Awards

Awarded the Central Electricity Generating Board Prize 2005 by the Institution of Mechanical
Engineers for the paper Computational prediction of out-of-plane welding distortion and
experimental investigation, J. Strain Anal. Eng. Des., 40 161-176.

Awarded the Ludwig Mond Prize 2007 by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for the paper
Material Strain Hardening in Pressure Vessel Design by Analysis, J. Proc. Mech. Eng.,221 89-

Awarded The Engineer Technology and Innovation Award 2009, the Royal Society, London, in
Automotive/ Rail/ Marine category for the research work carried out on welding distortion and
residual stresses made up of a large consortium of universities (University of Malta,
University of Strathclyde and University of Newcastle) and industrial partner (BVT Surface
Fleet Ltd, Corus and NST Welding).

Awarded the Best Research and Development Project, MWP Awards 2010 for the research work
carried out during postgraduate studies at University of Strathclyde under the project Malco
- Creating Opportunities for the Manufacture of Lightweight Components.

Awarded the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013 (highly commended) by Emerald
Publishing Ltd for the paper Thermo-Mechanical Behaviour of DBC Substrate Assemblies Subject
to Soldering Fabrication Processes, Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, 24, 2, 100-111.