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





Reader in Mechanics of Composites MSc, PhD

Administrative Duties

Head, The Composites Centre


The susceptibility of polymer matrix composites to delamination has been major thread which has run through much of my research activity to date. This activity has included the development and investigation of tests for characterising delamination resistance and the development of methods for predicting delamination growth in composite components due to static loading and, more recently, fatigue. My interest in failure mechanics of composites has developed beyond delamination to include test methods for the through-thickness properties of laminates, the energy absorption characteristics of sandwich panel structures and the application of interlaminar toughness tests to through-thickness reinforced composite laminates. Recently I have also been developing tests for measuring the energy absorption associated with in-plane failure modes of composites for use in general failure modelling of composite structures.



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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