Contact Constantinos Franceskides

Areas of expertise


Constantinos's academic career started at the University of Liverpool where he obtained his MEng in Mechanical Engineering. During his time at the University, he was a member of the Motorsport Team, acting as the Engine and Electronics sub-system leader for the Formula Student Car supporting the team in Formula Student Silverstone and Formula Student Red Bull Ring Austria.

His thesis title at The University of Liverpool was:

‘Heat transfer and fluid flow characteristics of impinging jet arrays' (Industrial project), optimisation of the fluid flow and the heat transfer characteristics of a heat treatment industrial rig, for the use in aerospace components. Due to his interest in Forensics,

Constantinos then joined the Cranfield Forensic Institute in 2011 where he completed his MSc in Forensic Engineering and Science. At Cranfield he undertook modules such as: Trace Evidence, Failure of Materials and Components, Fires Explosions Investigation, Forensic Ballistic and Firearms Investigation, Aircraft Accident Investigation and Response.

His thesis title at Cranfield University was:

‘Characterisation of Welds', test-to-failure by fatigue and overload (Microstructure, hardness and fractographic characteristics).

Current activities

Constantinos is currently conducting research at Cranfield University on a tandem project looking at spinal damage caused by Whole-body vibration within land, sea and air environments. The main research focuses on low back pain (LBP) which is the single leading cause of sickness leave in the UK. The aim is to create a working model that will better predict spinal failures under various loading conditions. This will further help society to understand the causes of low back pain.

The research will investigate the mechanism of damage in spinal injuries as follows:

  • Vertebrae will be CT-scanned prior to testing to examine the structure
  • Vertebrae will be loaded with an acceleration profile
  • Tests will be recorded using high-speed cameras, markers and accelerometers
  • CT scanning will be conducted post-test to determine failure modes
  • Modelling of the experiments will be conducted and validated using CAD and finite element analysis


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