Frances M. Davis

University of Southampton
Engineering Sciences Unit
Highfield Campus
Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
Mobile: (804) 248-2794 (US)
Mobile: +44 07487 667553 (UK)


  • Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech, May 2013.
    • Dissertation: “Nonlinear viscoelastic behavior of ligaments and tendons: Models and experiments”.
    • Committee: Raffaella De Vita (chair), Romesh Batra, Micheal Madigan, Ishwar Puri, Pavlos Vlachos.
  • B.S. Engineering Science and Mechanics, Magna Cum Laude, Virginia Tech, 2006.

Professional Appointments

  • University of Southampton, Engineering Sciences Unit, New Frontiers Fellow, March 2016 - Present
  • University of Southampton, Engineering Sciences Unit, Postdoctoral Fellow, February 2015 - March 2016
  • École Nationale Supérieure des Mines Saint-Etienne, Center for Biomedical and Healthcare Engineering, Postdoctoral Fellow, Sept 2013- April 2015.
  • Argonne National Laboratory, Summer Research Appointment, June 2012-August 2012.


  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, March 2017 - March 2020
  • Whitaker Foundation International Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sept 2013 - Feb 2015
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, June 2010 - June 2013
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship, August 2009 - May 2012


  1. F. Davis, Y. Luo, A. Duprey, S. Avril, J. Lu, "Local mechanical properties of human ascending thoracic aortic aneurysms", Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 61, pp 235-249, 2016. doi:10.1016/j.jmbbm.2016.03.025
  2. O. Trabelsi, F. Davis, A. Duprey, J.F. Rodriguez, S. Avril, "Patient specific stress and rupture analysis of ascending thoracic aneurysms", Journal of Biomechanics, 48 (10), pp 1836-1843, 2015.
  3. F. Davis, Y. Luo, S. Avril, A. Duprey, J. Lu, "Pointwise characterization of the elastic properties of planar soft tissues: application to ascending thoracic aortic aneurysms", Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 14(5), pp 967-978, 2015.
  4. T. Tan, F. Davis, J. Roberson, J. Massengill, D. Gruber, R. De Vita, "Histo-mechanical properties of the swine cardinal and uterosacral ligaments", Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 42, pp 129 - 137, 2015.
  5. F.M. Davis, R. De Vita, "A Three Dimensional Constitutive Relation for the Stress Relaxation Behavior of Articular Ligaments", Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 13 (3), pp 653 - 663, 2014
  6. F.M. Davis, R. De~Vita, "A Nonlinear Constitutive Model for Stress Relaxation in Ligaments and Tendons", Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 40 (12), pp 2541-2550, 2012
  7. A. Small, T. Plaisted, M. Rogers, F. Davis, L. Sterner, "A Non-Halogenated Flame Retardant Additive for Pultrusion", Composites Research Journal, 2, pp 15- 25, Spring 2008.
  8. R.H. Plaut, F.M. Davis, "Sudden lateral asymmetry and torsional oscillations of section models of suspension bridges", Journal of Sound and Vibration, 307, pp 894-905, August 2007. .

Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Conference Proceedings

  • F. Davis, F. Pierron, C. Sivour,"Inertial impact tests on polymers for inverse parameter identification", Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series, Ch. Advanced Optical Methods in Experimental Mechanics, Vol.~3, pp. 187-190, from SEM Annual Conference 2016, (June 2016, Orlando, FL)
  • F. Davis, T. Tan, S. Nicewonder, R. De Vita, "Tensile Properties of the Swine Cardinal Ligament", Proceeding of ASME 2013 Summer Bioengineering Conference, (June 2013, Sunriver, Oregon).
  • F. Davis, R. De Vita, "A Nonlinear Viscoelastic Model for the Relaxation Behavior of Tendon", Proceeding of ASME 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conference, (June 2012, Puerto Rico).
  • Z. Guo, R. De Vita, F. Davis, "Investigation of Damage in Medial Collateral Ligaments", Proceeding of ASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference, (June 2011, Farmington, PA).

Conference Presentations

  • F.M. Davis, Y. Luo, S. Avril, J. Lu, "Pointwise identification of the elastic properties in thoracic aneurysm tissue", EuroMech Colloquium 560: Mechanics of Biological Membranes, (February 2015, Ascona, Switzerland).
  • F.M. Davis, P. Badel, S. Avril, "Characterization of the structural mechanisms in thoracic aneurysm failure", International Symposium on Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, (October 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands).
  • F.M. Davis, A. Romo, P. Badel, S. Avril, "Biomechanics of the ATAA: A local analysis using multiphoton microscopy, bulge inflation testing, and full field measurements", World Congress of Biomechanics, (July 2014, Boston, MA).
  • F. M. Davis, R. De Vita, "Three-dimensional elastic and relaxation response of the medial collateral ligament", Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, (October 2012, Atlanta, GA).
  • F. M. Davis, R. De Vita, "Application of a Nonlinear Viscoelastic Model to the Relaxation Behavior of Ligaments", Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, (October 2011, Hartford, CT).
  • F. M. Davis, R. De Vita, "A Non-Linear Viscoelastic Model for the Relaxation of Tendon", 48th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Engineering Sciences, (October 2011, Chicago, IL).
  • F. M. Davis, R. De Vita, "A Constitutive Law for Characterizing the Response of Insect Trachea", Ford Foundation Fellow Annual Meeting 2009, (October 2009, Irvine, CA).
  • F. M. Davis, R. De Vita, J. Socha, "A Constitutive Law for Characterizing the Response of Insect Trachea", Joint ASCE-ASME-SES Conference on Mechanics of Materials, (June 2009, Blacksburg, VA)

Teaching and Advising

University of Southampton

  • Engineering Mechanics, Statics II Module (Strength of Materials): Fall 2015, Fall 2016

École des Mines Saint-Etienne

  • Biomechanics - Supervised Course Project (M.S.): Spring 2014
  • Industrial and Natural Disasters - English Module (M.S.): Spring 2014

Virginia Tech

  • Statics: Summer 2013.
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials Laboratory: Fall 2008, teaching assistant

PhD Students

  • Sarah Dreuilhe, Expected graduation: Dec 2016
  • Thesis: Inertial tests for the inverse identification of elasto-plastic parameters of metals at high strain rates
  • Alexsandr Marek, Expected graduation: Sept 2018
  • Thesis: Development of noise minimization techniques to aid the identification of anisotropic plasticity parameters

Undergraduate Advising

  • Jason L'Hommel (Feb 2016 - July 2016)
  • David Sloas (Summer 2014)
  • Brian Lublow (Fall 2011 - Spring 2013)

Professional Activities

  • Reviewer for Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Strain , ASME Summer Biomechanics Conference Student Paper Competition
  • Member, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2016 - Present
  • Member, EuroMech, 2015 - Present
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (Bioengineering Division), 2012 - Present.
  • Member, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2011 - Present.