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.

Here I explore the problem of delamination in laminated high performance composites and how the interface between plies can be exploited to produce composites with controllable stiffness and shape memory.

More recently my research has included development and investigation of ductile composite architectures (I was a co-I on the EPSRC Programme Grant High Performance Ductile Composite Technologies), investigation of strategies to improve the compression response of advanced composites (I am a co-I on the EPSRC Programme Grant Nest Generation Fibre-Reinforced Composites), morphing structures, and controllable stiffness and shape memory composites (I am a partner in the EU-funded training programme ‘HyFiSyn’).



Katafiasz T, Greenhalgh ES, Allegri G, et al., 2021, The influence of temperature and moisture on the mode I fracture toughness and associated fracture morphology of a highly toughened aerospace CFRP, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:142, ISSN:1359-835X

Hamid WLHWA, Iannucci L, Robinson P, 2020, Finite-element modelling of NiTi shape-memory wires for morphing aerofoils, Aeronautical Journal, Vol:124, ISSN:0001-9240, Pages:1740-1760


Bacarreza O, Robinson P, Shaffer MSP, 2020, Optimisation of ductile interlocking composite structures

Bacarreza O, Robinson P, Shaffer MSP, 2020, Optimisation of ductile interlocking composite structures

Francesca Pernice M, Robinson P, 2020, Experimental investigation of low-velocity impact damage in pseudo-ductile composite laminates containing ply weakening

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