Faculty of Engineering – University of Sao Paulo
Claudio Ruggieri is Professor of Structural Engineering and Fracture Mechanics at University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil and principal investigator of the Fracture Mechanics and Structural Integrity Research Group (NAMEF) at USP. He received his Ph.D. in 1994 from Osaka University, where he worked on fracture assesssments of welded structural components and experimental fracture mechanics. From 1994-1997, Prof. Ruggieri was a research assistant and visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working in the fields of fracture mechanics, structural integrity and computational mechanics. During this period, he advanced the local approach theory to cleavage fracture with an emphasis on multiscale predictions of fracture toughness in reactor pressure vessel materials. Prof. Ruggieri joined the Dept. of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, USP in 1997 and his research focus has since also shifted to the development of defect assessment methodologies for deepwater subsea structures, including submarine flowlines and steel risers, supported mainly by Petrobras. More recently, Prof. Ruggieri has expanded his research program to include more fundamental studies on the local approach theory for cleavage fracture to include plastic strain effects with an emphasis on the utilization of subsized fracture specimens. He was a visiting researcher at University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) from 2014 to 2015. Prof. Ruggieri has published extensively in the areas of fracture mechanics and structural integrity contributing with more than 70 papers in strongly refereed journals and more than 180 articles in national and international conferences. He has also received some research awards, most notably from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and is currently a Research Fellow with the Brazilian Research Council (CNPq 1A). Prof. Ruggieri is a member of various committees and editorial boards, including Committee E08 (Fracture and Fatigue) of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Editorial Advisory Board for Engineering Fracture Mechanics, the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) and the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences (ABCM).