Claire Heaney

Heaney Claire


Lecturer in Mathematics

Nationality: UK


Date of first affiliation: 02/11/2013

End of affiliation: 08/12/2014


Research aim and objectives

omputational mechanics, including multiscale methods, error estimation and adaptive mesh refinement.


I am currently working as a lecturer in the School of Mathematics at Cardiff University. My research interests lie broadly in the field of computational mechanics.

During a postdoc at Cardiff (2013-2014) I worked with Pierre Kerfriden, Lars Beex and Stephane Bordas on a number of projects, including

  • bounds for parameters derived from computational homogenisation
  • summation rules for the quasi-continuum method
  • error estimation and adaptive mesh refinement

For the two-and-a-half years prior to this, I worked as a Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow based at Plaxis in the Netherlands. Plaxis is a company which makes software for geotechnical engineers. Here I implemented adaptive mesh refinement in their 2D finite element solver.

I was a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Engineering at Durham University (2007-2010) investigating meshless methods, and in particular, applying the Meshless Local Petrov-Galerkin method to geomechanical problems. In 2010 I was awarded the ACME UK prize for the best paper and presentation given by a postdoctoral researcher at the ACME conference that year.

In 2007 I graduated with a doctorate from Cardiff University's School of Maths in computational fluid dynamics. I investigated the development of weakly nonlinear instabilities to 2D boundary layer flow.