Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Head of Department of Aeronautics



+44 (0)20 7594 5073p.robinson




318City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Professor in Mechanics of Composites MSc, PhD

Administrative Duties

Head, Department of Aeronautics

I joined Imperial College in 1988 as a lecturer having previously worked for Buro Happold Consulting Engineers and British Aerospace Space and Communications Division as a structural engineer.

My research interests lie in polymer matrix composites. My earlier work had a particular focus on the susceptibility of these materials to delamination and included the development and investigation of tests for characterising delamination resistance and methods for predicting delamination development in composite components due to static, impact and fatigue loading. More recently my research has included development and investigation of ductile composite architectures (I am a co-I on the EPSRC Programme Grant High Performance Ductile Composite Technologies), morphing structures, and controllable stiffness and shape memory composites. I am also a co-I on the Clean Sky 2 project ‘Structural Health Monitoring, Manufacturing and Repair Technologies for Life Management of Composite Fuselage’ (SHERLOC).



Robinson P, Bismarck A, Zhang B, et al., 2017, Deployable, shape memory carbon fibre composites without shape memory constituents, Composites Science and Technology, Vol:145, ISSN:0266-3538, Pages:96-104

Diao H, Robinson P, Wisnom MR, et al., 2016, Unidirectional carbon fibre reinforced polyamide-12 composites with enhanced strain to tensile failure by introducing fibre waviness, Composites Part A-applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:87, ISSN:1359-835X, Pages:186-193

Maples HA, Smith O, Burgstaller C, et al., 2016, Improving the ply/interleaf interface in carbon fibre reinforced composites with variable stiffness, Composites Science and Technology, Vol:128, ISSN:0266-3538, Pages:185-192

Teixeira RF, Pinho ST, Robinson P, 2016, Thickness-dependence of the translaminar fracture toughness: Experimental study using thin-ply composites, Composites Part A-applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:90, ISSN:1359-835X, Pages:33-44


Guiamatsia I, Falzon BG, Davies GAO, et al., Improving Composite Damage Modelling through Automatic Placement of Cohesive Elements, 49th AIAA SDM conference

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