Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Professor of Advanced Structural Design



+44 (0)20 7594 5058lo.iannucci




316City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Lorenzo Iannucci is Professor of Advanced Structural Design and the RAEng/AIRBUS Chair in Advanced Airframe Design. Previously holding the RAEng/Dstl Chair in Multiscale Armour Design.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science (1st class honours) in Aeronautics Engineering from the Department of Aeronautics of Imperial College. A MSc in computation mechanics followed this also from the Department of Aeronautics of Imperial College.

Following graduation Prof Iannucci worked as a Design Engineer for Babcock Power Ltd from 1981 designing nuclear power and offshore structure in safety critical environments. In 1985 he became a Senior Design Engineer for Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd designing critical structural items for nuclear power systems. In 1986 he started as a Research Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering of Imperial College on a project for RAE Farnborough developing novel experimental and numerical techniques to model explosions in soils. He was awarded a PhD on part of the research undertaken for the RAE.

In 1990 he returned to UK industry and worked for a BAe company developing new fracture based composite failure models and impact modelling techniques. In 1994 he was head of the Advanced Structures group and leading several European projects on the development of composite design tools. He was also involved in pioneering a new novel bird strike modelling technique. In 1996 he accepted a position of Principal Scientist at DRA, further developing novel composite modelling techniques and leading basic research projects for the European Union. He was also chairman of the Bird Strike GARTEUR group. In 1998 he started as a Lecturer in advanced structural design in the Department of Aeronautics, and continued to develop his research interest in design, algorithm development, and modelling techniques relevant to non-dynamic analyses, impact testing and design of morphing and flow control structures. Recently developing new material and solver techniques for polymeric armour and understanding the design of drones to minimize damage from impact onto manned aircraft. This led to a promotion to the Professor of Advanced Structural Design in 2012.

He has been involved in research funded by the CEC, EPRSC, Dstl, MoD, QINETIQ, BAE/RR, AIRBUS, DfT and the DTI(TSB). He has also published numerous journal and international conference papers. 



Abdullah SIBS, Iannucci L, Greenhalgh ES, et al., 2022, The delamination behaviour of Vectran/Epoxy composites having a novel Non-Crimp Fabric architecture, Composites Part B-engineering, Vol:228, ISSN:1359-8368

Yin H, Iannucci L, 2021, An experimental and finite element investigation of compression-after-impact (CAI) behaviour of biaxial carbon fibre non-crimp-fabric (NCF) based composites, Composite Structures, ISSN:0263-8223

Abdullah SIBS, Iannucci L, Greenhalgh ES, et al., 2021, The impact performance of Vectran/Epoxy composite laminates with a novel non-crimp fabric architecture, Composite Structures, Vol:265, ISSN:0263-8223

Abdullah SIBS, Iannucci L, Greenhalgh ES, et al., 2021, A Plane-Stress Damage Model for Vectran Laminated Composite, Applied Composite Materials, Vol:28, ISSN:0929-189X, Pages:1255-1276

Kempesis D, Iannucci L, Del Rosso S, et al., 2021, A representative volume element model for ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene composites, Composite Structures, Vol:262, ISSN:0263-8223, Pages:1-11

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