Next generation of camera-based high strain rate material tests: the IB series
Professor Fabrice Pierron has been a Professor of Solid Mechanics at the University of Southampton (UoS) since June 2012, having spent the first part of his career in France. His research specialization concerns the development of novel identification strategies based on full-field deformation measurements and data-rich inverse identification.
He has been instrumental in the development of the Virtual Fields Method (VFM), which has now gained widespread international recognition and is commercialised as part of a dedicated software platform marketed by the MatchID company (www.matchid.eu), of which he is a founding member.
He has published over 140 international journal articles and co-authored the only existing book on the VFM. He was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in May 2012 as part of his relocation to the UK, and has been Editor-in-Chief of Strain (Wiley) between 2010 and 2020.
In 2014, he was granted a £1.2M EPSRC Established Career Fellowship that extended his main research interest to high strain rate testing using high-speed imaging (www.photodyn.org).