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Research Interests

FE modelling; Topology optimisation; Multiphysics modelling; Non-linear optimisation; Structural analysis and optimisation


Jesper Christensen started his “mechanical engineering” activities as an engine fitter apprentice working on large marine propulsion systems; a 3 year degree. After completion he enrolled at University studying “Industrial Engineering”; and was awarded a BSc in 2007. Following this he completed his MSc in “Design of Mechanical Systems” in 2010. During his studies he undertook several industrial based projects focused on optimisation; e.g. the development of an antivibration mount to improve fatigue life for a 250kg sewage pump in collaboration with Grundfoss. Before completing his MSc he also undertook a 4 month placement at Jaguar Land Rover focusing on FE correlation of foam material models for automotive seating. Since joining Coventry University Jesper’s work has primarily focused on the development and implementation of optimisation algorithms for lightweighting applications, and has led to several invited presentations; for example to the German Association for Computational Mechanics, Dresden, 2012 and at in the House of Commons at the Set For Britain event in 2013. He was awarded his PhD on the topic of “Topology Optimisation of Structures Exposed to Large (non-linear) Deformations” in September 2015. Jesper is an active member of the IMeche and the STEM network.

Area of Expertise:

Optimisation algorithm development and implementation with an emphasis on topology optimisation

Vision Statement

I am fascinated by optimisation principles and the enormous potential they hold for dramatically changing the future of almost all engineering disciplines. This potential is expanded on a daily basis e.g. with the increased utilisation of composite materials, innovate manufacturing methods, more demanding structural performance requirements and improved simulation capabilities; most structural optimisation algorithms and techniques are however in their infancy. With an emphasis on structural optimisation it is my aim to develop significant optimisation tools for the future of (virtual) engineering.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, Coventry University

Postgraduate Certificate

MSc, Aalborg University

Degree, Aalborg University

External positions

Peer review college associate, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

1 Oct 2016 → …

Congress Convenor, Engineering Professors Council (EPC)

1 Sep 2016 → …

Hon. Secretary Birmingham Area Committee, Institute of mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

1 Sep 2013 → …

STEM Ambassador, STEMNET

1 Jul 2013 → …

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Research Output

A Method to Calculate the AIS Trauma Score from a Finite Element Model

Bastien, C., Sturgess, C. N., Christensen, J. & Wen, L., 18 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology. (In-press), p. (In-press) JMMB-D-19-00123R3.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A Minimum Area Discrepancy Method (MADM) for Force Displacement Response Correlation

    Peres, J., Bastien, C., Christensen, J. & Asgharpour, Z., 18 Aug 2019, In : Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering. 22, 11, p. 981-996 16 p., GCMB-2018-045.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Deployment of HyperWorks for Undergraduate Teaching

    Bastien, C. & Christensen, J., 4 Oct 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

  • Activities

    Deployment of HyperWorks for Undergraduate Teaching

    Jesper Christensen (Speaker), Christophe Bastien (Speaker)
    9 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    EPSRC Peer Review College Member

    Jesper Christensen (Reviewer)
    2017 → …

    Activity: OtherReviewer of proposals for funding

    Engineering Professors Congress Organiser

    Jesper Christensen (Speaker)
    31 Aug 2016 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Thin-Walled Structures (Journal)

    Jesper Christensen (Associate Editor)
    2016 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review


    Development and critical assessment of a holistic optimisation tool for automotive components

    Author: Gong, S., Jul 2018

    Supervisor: Christensen, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy