Professor Hector Basoalto PhD, BEng

Professor Hector Basoalto

Professor of Materials and Process Modelling
Technical Director of the Partnership for Research in Simulation of Manufacturing and Materials (PRISM2)

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Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Hector Basoalto is Professor of Materials and Process 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. Professor 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


Professor 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, Prof 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, Prof 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, Professor 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 



Flint, T. F., Panwisawas, C., Sovani, Y., Smith, M. C. & Basoalto, H. (2018), Prediction of Grain Structure Evolution During Rapid Solidification of High Energy Density Beam Induced Re-Melting, Materials and Design.

Panwisawas, C., Sovani, Y., Turner, R., Brooks, J., Basoalto, H. & Choquet, I. (2018), Modelling of thermal fluid dynamics for fusion welding , Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 252, p. 176-182.


Zhou, J., Roshanmanesh, S., Hayati, F., Jantara Junior, V. L., Wang, T., Hajiabady, S., Li, X., Basoalto, H., Dong, H. & Papaelias, M. (2017), Improving the reliability of industrial multi-MW wind turbines, Insight - Non-Destructive Testing and Condition Monitoring, 59, 4, p. 189-195 7 p.

Panwisawas, C., Perumal, B., Ward, M., Turner, N., Turner, R., Brooks, J. & Basoalto, H. (2017), Keyhole formation and thermal fluid flow-induced porosity during laser fusion welding in titanium alloys: experimental and modelling, Acta Materialia, 126, p. 251-263.

Panwisawas, C., Qiu, C., Anderson, M., Sovani, Y., Turner, R., Attallah, M., Brooks, J. & Basoalto, H. (2017), Mesoscale modelling of selective laser melting: Thermal fluid dynamics and microstructural evolution, Computational Materials Science, 126, p. 479-490 12 p.


Turner, R., Panwisawas, C., Sovani, Y., Perumal, B., Ward, M., Basoalto, H. & Brooks, J. (2016), An integrated modelling approach for predicting process maps of residual stress and distortion in a laser weld: a combined CFD – FE methodology, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B, 47, 5, p. 2954–2962.

Turner, R., Howe, D., Ward, M., Thota, B., Basoalto, H. & Brooks. (2016), Calculating the energy required to undergo the conditioning phase of a titanium alloy inertia friction weld, Journal of Manufacturing Processes, 24, 1, p. 186–194.

Basoalto, H. & Anderson, M. (2016), An extension of mean-field coarsening theory to include particle coalescence using nearest-neighbour functions, Acta Materialia, 117, p. 122-134.

Anderson, M., Rowe, A., Wells, J. & Basoalto, H. (2016), Application of a multi-component mean field model to the coarsening behaviour of a nickel-based superalloy, Acta Materialia, 114, p. 80-96.

Turner, R., Villa, M., Sovani, Y., Panwisawas, C., Perumal, B., Ward, R., Brooks, J. & Basoalto, H. (2016), An improved method of capturing the surface boundary of a Ti-6Al-4V fusion weld bead for finite element modeling, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B, 47, 1, p. 485-494 10 p.


Qiu, C., Panwisawas, C., Ward, R., Basoalto, H., Brooks, J. & Attallah, M. (2015), On the role of melt flow into the surface structure and porosity development during selective laser melting, Acta Materialia, 96, p. 72-79 8 p.

Panwisawas, C., Qiu, C. L., Sovani, Y., Brooks, J. W., Attallah, M. M. & Basoalto, H. C. (2015), On the role of thermal fluid dynamics into the evolution of porosity during selective laser melting, Scripta Materialia, 105, p. 14-17 4 p.


Basoalto, H. & Blackwell, P. L. (2012), Slip Induced Strain Rate Sensitivity for Superplastic Material?, Materials Science Forum, 735, p. 31-36.

Z. Zhu, H. Basoalto, N. Warnken, R.C. Reed. (2012), A Model For The Creep Deformation Behaviour Of Nickel-Based Single Crystal Superalloys, Acta Materialia, 60, 12, p. 4888–4900.


Coakley, J., Dye, D. & Basoalto, H. (2011), Creep and creep modelling of a multimodal nickel-base superalloy, Acta Materialia, 59, 3, p. 854-863.


Coakley, J., Basoalto, H. & Dye, D. (2010), Coarsening of a multimodal nickel-base superalloy, Acta Materialia, 58, 11, p. 4019-4028.

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., Brooks, J. W. & Di Martino, I. (2009), Multiscale microstructure modelling for nickel based superalloys, Materials Science and Technology, 25, 2, p. 221-227 7 p.

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