Imperial College London

M H Ferri Aliabadi

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Chair in Aerostructures



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Professor of Aerostructures & Zaharoff  Professor of Aviation

Adminstrative Duties

Head of Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College (2009-2017). Prior to joining Imperial College in 2005, he was Professor of Computational Mechanics and the Director of Aerospace Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London (1997-2004) and Reader and Head of Damage Tolerance Division at WIT, Southampton (1987-1997). 

Ferri M.H. Aliabadi has worked for 25 years in the field of Computational Structural Mechanics and has established an international reputation for his achievements in development of Computational Method related to Fracture & Damage Mechanics. He has pioneered a new generation of boundary element methods and is noted for his contributions to other fields including Acoustics, Nonlinear Mechanics, Wear Mechanics, Optimisation and Reliability Analysis and Multiscale Material Modelling (

During the past 8 years, he has pursued research and development in Structural Health Monitoring for composite airframe in collaboration with the aeronautics industry (Airbus, Leonardo) supported by significant EU funding. He has been the PI and coordinator of EU projects SMASH and SCOPE and coordinated the SHM platform for the wing in SARISTU project. The latest project is a 10M Euro cleansky II, core-partnership SHERLOC which he is the PI and coordinator with the aim of developing the next generation of smart (highly sensorized) composite airframe. 

Period of significant growth Ferri Aliabadi was appointed the Head of Department in Sept 2009 and served two terms in this post until October 2017. During this period under Professor Ferri Aliabadi's initiatives and leadership department enjoyed a period of significant growth with doubling up the number of academic posts and facilities to support new research areas . A major increase in student numbers followed through his introduction of Space Engineering undergraduate and Advanced Aeronautics Master programs. Major investments by the department and the college allowed investment into state of the art Composite manufacturing and Heavy Structure testing facilities. A new drone testing facility, the Brahmal Vasudevan. Aerial Robotics Lab, is first of its kind in Europe, enables engineers to test the next generation of aerial robotics for urban environments and extreme conditions. Other key facilities include: • Space Engineering Lab • New Low-Speed Wind Tunnels (T1 and T2) • Hypersonic tunnel, Patel Supersonic Labs, Structural Health Monitoring Lab • A state of the art full-motion Flight Simulator and state of the art computer visualisation lab. Prof. Aliabadi secured Airbus support for the an endowed chair and the department becoming a framework university.

Ferri Aliabadi has published 380 papers in leading international journals and 61 books related to Experimental and Computational Methods in Solids and Structures. He has been the editor in chief of 6 international journals and currently is editor in chief of international journal of Multiscale Modelling ( and  Experimental and Computational Methods in Solids and Structures book series ( He is also on editorial board of 8 other international journals. Prof. Aliabadi has been recipient of several awards including the ICCES Distinguished Achievement Medal. Prof Aliabadi has been the primarily supervisor of 61 successful PhD studies. 

Ferri Aliabadi has coordinated and participated in close to 35 national and international research projects and continues to work closely with the aerospace sector in UK and Europe. He is a frequent Keynote speaker at international conferences related to Structural Mechanics and Computational Methods and has given many lecture tours internationally on the topic. He serves on several international panels and is currently a Foreign Expert in the Area of Multiscale Modelling as part of the Chinese Education Ministry 111-project. 



Chen YH, Aliabadi MH, 2019, Micromechanical modelling of the overall response of plain woven polymer matrix composites, International Journal of Engineering Science, Vol:145, ISSN:0020-7225, Pages:1-18

Li L, Aliabadi MH, 2019, Elastic property prediction and damage mechanics analysis of 3D braided composite, Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, Vol:104, ISSN:0167-8442


Li J, Sharif Khodaei Z, Aliabadi FMH, 2019, Dynamic fracture analysis of plates loaded in tension and bending using the dual boundary element method, Advances in Fracture and Damage Mechanics XVIII, Trans Tech Publications, Ltd., Pages:440-445

Bekas DG, Mendias MM, Sharif Khodaei Z, et al., 2019, SHM of composite mono-stringer elements based on guided waves, Advances in Fracture and Damage Mechanics XVIII, Trans Tech Publications, Ltd., Pages:464-469

Bekas DG, Saenz-Castillo D, Sharif Khodaei Z, et al., 2019, Smart bondline monitoring of an efficient industrial thermoplastic aircraft window frame, Advances in Fracture and Damage Mechanics XVIII, Trans Tech Publications, Ltd., Pages:470-475

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