Project overview

There is an increasing demand for lightweight materials for aircraft structures, which drives a need to better understand the damage mechanisms caused by accidental impact and crushing loading. Accidental impact and crash can lead to huge damage and reduces the strength and stability of the composite structures, which is a major threat to aircraft safety. Engineers have explored various lightweight composites and structures including carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP), high-performance discontinuous composites, ceramic composites, sandwich composites, as well as combinations of lightweight metals and composites. The main aim of this project will be to investigate and predict the impact and crushing behaviour of lightweight composites, using a combined methodology of both experiments and simulations.

Research Keywords

  • Dynamic behaviour
  • Lightweight structures
  • Energy absorption
  • Damage mechanisms


  • Mr Yuzhe Ding (Imperial College London)