Nikola studied Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester and stayed on for a PhD under the supervision of Professor Yong Wang and Professor Hector Iacovides. His PhD research focuses on investigating the residual strength for hydrocarbon fire resistance of low carbon steels when exposed to cryogenic temperatures due to accidental contact with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). He also works for the materials testing company Exova on a part time basis where he performs commercial research in support of the PhD.
His research activities include:
elevated temperature structural modelling, cleavage crack formation modelling on steel in the ductile to brittle transition region, developing a numerical code to carry out inverse heat transfer (IHT) analysis in order to predict the heat transfer coefficient (HTC) of boiling Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from experimental temperature measurements, contributing to the open source code PyCM to post-process and visualise large data sets with the Visualisation Toolkit (VTK) for the contour method of measuring residual stress.