Hector Basoalto

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

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
  • Interface tracking methods
  • For solving differential equations
  • Kinetic Monte Carlo
  • Numerical optimisation 


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).


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

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Multi-scale materials modelling, dislocation theory, plasticity, creep, ICME, process modelling: additive manufacture, welding