Dr Hector Basoalto PhD, BEng

Dr Hector Basoalto

Reader in Multi-Scale Materials modelling
Technical Director of the Partnership for Research in Simulation of Manufacturing and Materials (PRISM2)

Contact details

Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Hector Basoalto is Reader in Multi-Scale Materials Modelling and Technical Director of the Partnership for Research in Simulation of Manufacturing and Materials (PRISM2). His research explores the causal relationships between microstructure, manufacturing process routes and mechanical properties of engineering alloys. Dr Hector Basoalto is engaged in the development of ICME frameworks for the simulation of materials behaviour relevant to manufacturing and in-service conditions. In particular in the development of multiscale materials modelling frameworks that aim to derive emergent properties from underlying microstructure distributions targeted at addressing industrial challenges. His research interest include: high temperature behaviour of engineering alloys (creep, fatigue), crystal plasticity, field dislocation mechanics, microstructure evolution, multiscale materials modelling approaches to additive manufacture, solid state welding, forming processes.


  • PhD (1996), Queen Mary College, University of London
  • BEng (1992), Materials Science and Engineering, Queen Mary College, University of London


Dr Hector Basoalto graduated with a BEng (First class with Honours) in Materials Science and Engineering at Queen Mary College, University of London in 1992.  He went on to do post graduate studies at Queen Mary College focusing on the application of weight function methods to crack shielding problems in fracture mechanics, and was a warded a PhD in 1996.

In 1997 he joined the Materials Department at Imperial College and joined Professor M McLean’s group. There he worked crystal plasticity modelling of the high temperature creep behaviour of single crystal nickel-based superalloys. During this time, through collaboration with Professor B F Dyson, his research expanded to study formulation of microstructure-explicit constitutive equations for precipitate strengthened alloy systems.

In 2004 he joined the Air Division at QinetiQ, Farnborough. As a senior scientist, Dr Hector Basoalto worked on a range of TSB and MoD funded programmes and includes: modelling damage evolution in thermal barrier coatings, creep and fatigue behaviour of nickel-based superalloys, 3D crack propagation in complex engineering components. In 2009, he was made Team Leader of the Engine Materials and Component Lifing group.

In 2009, joined the Advanced Forming Research centre (AFRC), University of Strathclyde. As Deputy Technical Director, Dr Hector Basoalto was responsible for the strategic direction of the core research programme and was technical lead of a number of research projects on: residual stress control, microstructure characterisation, constitutive materials modelling, forging and forming. He regularly interacted with member companies such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce, TIMET, Mettis Aerospace and Aubert&Duvall in core projects as well as direct funded research activities.

In 2012, Dr Hector Basoalto joined the School of Metallurgy and Materials, were he is currently Technical Director of the Partnership for Research in Simulation of Manufacture and Materials (PRISM2).


Physical Metallurgy of Titanium and Nickel

Postgraduate supervision

  • Joseph Rangel, Dislocation dynamics approach to fatigue in superalloys
  • Mushfiqur Rahman, Physics based modelling of microstructure evolution in novel nickel based superalloys
  • Jonathon Benson, Influence of microstructure variability on property scatter in titanium alloys
  • Federica Di Simone, Investigation of high integrity joining processes for nickel based alloys
  • Chizhou Fang, influence of grain boundary oxide formation on fatigue crack growth behaviour
  • James Little, Finite element modelling of the Rotary Friction Welding Process
  • Stefano Cademartori, Mathematical and numerical modelling of core injection for investment casting applications


Multi-scale materials modelling (MMM)

  • Discrete dislocation dynamics
  • Field dislocation dynamics
  • Mean field description of microstructure evolution (precipitates and grains)
  • Kinetic Monte Carlo
  • Clustered dynamics for nucleation/growth of precipitates in superalloys
  • Crystal plasticity (single crystal, polycrystal modelling)

Component Performance modelling

  • Continuum damage mechanics
  • Microstructure-explicit creep and fatigue constitutive descriptions
  • Multi-scale modelling of damage evolution in thermal barrier coatings
  • Location  specific property predictions
  • Stochastic approaches to component lifing

Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) activities

  • Fusion welding
  • Inertia welding
  • Additive manufacture
  • Hot isostatic pressing

Numerical methods

  • Finite element methods
  • Finite difference methods
  • Level-set methods
  • Kinetic Monte Carlo

Numerical optimisation 

  • Finite element methods
  • Finite difference methods
  • Level-set methods
  • Kinetic Monte Carlo
  • Numerical optimisation 


Selected publications

  • Z. Zhu, H. Basoalto, N. Warnken, R.C. Reed, A Model For The Creep Deformation Behaviour Of Nickel-Based Single Crystal Superalloys, Volume 60, Issue 12, July 2012, Pages 4888–4900.
  • Coakley, J., Dye, D. and Basoalto, H.C, Creep and creep modelling of a multimodal nickel-base superalloy, Acta Materialia 59 (2011) 854–863.
  • Coakley, J., Basoalto, H.C, and Dye, D., Coarsening of a Multi-Modal Nickel-Base Superalloy, Acta Materialia, Acta Materialia 58 (2010) 4019.
  • Brooks, J.W., Basoalto, H.C., Sahota, R., and Tranter, P., Probabilistic Property Prediction Of Aero-Engine Components For Fatigue, Vol 6: Structures and Dynamics, Parts A and B, ASME Conference Proceedings, 2010.
  • Basoalto, H.C., J.W. Brooks and Di Martino, I., Multi-Scale Microstructure Modelling for Nickel-Based Superalloys, Journal Materials Science and Technology , 2009.
  • Basoalto, H.C., Vermeulen, B., Brooks, J.W., Coventry, G., Williams, S., Mason-Flucke, J., and Bagnall, S, A New Hyperbolic Tangent Modelling Approach for Creep of the Single  Crystal Nickel-Based Superalloy CMSX4, in Superalloys 2008, Ed. R. Reed et al. 2008.
  • Basoalto, H.C, Sondhi, S.K., Dyson, B.F., and McLean, A Generic Microstructure-Explicit Model of Creep in Nickel-Based Superalloys, in Superalloys 2004, eds. Pollock, T.M. et al., p. 897-906, 2004.