Dr Catalin Iulian Pruncu

Dr Catalin Iulian Pruncu

School of Mechanical Engineering
Research staff

Contact details

Mechanical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Catalin is a Ktp Associate in Mechanical Engineering with expertise in Tribology, Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics, Finite Element Method (FEM), and Acoustic Emissions technique.


  • Ph.D in Design Mechanics and Biomechanics, Politecnico di Bari, Italy, 2013
  • MSc in Mechanics & Materials Engineering, University Paul Verlaine Metz, France, 2009
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering, University Vasile Alecsandri, Bacau, Romania, 2008


Research activity


  • Tribological effect of ball valve assembly for Nuclear, Marine industry
  • Tribological behaviour of aluminium both experimental tests and theoretical/numerical modeling such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Finite Element Method (FEM)
  • Assessment of crack initiation/propagation phenomena in innovative materials such as titanium alloys and bi-material compounds
  • Research devoted to analysis the protective coating layers applied, against corrosion damage phenomena. 
  • Reviewer for Journal of Mechanics Engineering and Automation, from December 2012
  • Organizer of New Trends in Fatigue and Fracture (NT2F12), Brasov, Romania, 2012
  • Fellowship from University of Brescia, Italy for the summer school “Computational Multiscale Fracture Mechanics”, 2012
  • Member on Scientific Committee of 5th International Conference on Computational Mechanics and Virtual Engineering (COMEC 2013), Brasov, Romania, 24-25 October 2013
  • Member on Scientific Committee of 4rd International Conference Advanced Composite Materials Engineering (COMAT), Brasov, Romania, 18-20 October 2012


Journal Article

C. Casavola, V. Giordano, C. Pappalettere, C.I. Pruncu, 2013, Influence of geometric shape of specimen in fatigue life characterization on welded joint in titanium alloy. Structural Integrity and Life, 13 (1), pp 45-50 

Z. Azari, C. Casavola, C. Pappalettere, C.I. Pruncu, 2012, Numerical simulation in coated materials: model of crack propagation bi-material. Structural Integrity and Life, 12 (2), pp 125-129 

C.I. Pruncu, October 2012, A short review of recent research on the mechanics of fracture and failure in composite materials. 4th International Conference Advanced Composite Materials Engineering (COMAT), Brasov (Romania). Lux Libris Publishing House: Vol. I, pp. 31-37. ISBN: 978-973-131-164-7.

 C. Casavola, L. Lamberti, C.I. Pruncu, 2012, Weight minimization of truss structures with Big Bang-Big Crunch. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference Advanced Composite Materials Engineering (COMAT), Brasov (Romania), Lux Libris Publishing House: Vol. II, pp. 334-351. ISBN: 978-973-131-164-7.