Professor in Mechanics of Composites MSc, PhD
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).
Bacarreza O, Robinson P, Shaffer MSP, 2020, Optimisation of ductile interlocking composite structures
et al., 2020, The investigation of modified 'brick and mortar' composite architecture with in-plane wavy segments for pseudo-ductility
et al., 2020, Development of an interleaved composite with a two-stage shape memory capability for deployable structure applications
et al., Pseudo-ductile failure mechanism introduced into finger jointed thermoplastic PES interleaved CFRC, ECCM18 - 18th European Conference on Composite Materials
et al., 2017, Exploring deployable configurations using interleaved composite with shape memory capability, 21stInternational Conference on Composite Materials