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 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 Next Generation Fibre-Reinforced Composites), morphing structures, and controllable stiffness and shape memory composites (I am a partner in the EU-funded training programme ‘HyFiSyn’).
et al., 2023, Bio-inspired interleaved hybrids: Novel solutions for improving the high-velocity impact response of carbon fibre-reinforced polymers (CFRP), Composites Part B: Engineering, Vol:264, ISSN:1359-8368, Pages:1-11
et al., 2023, Novel zone-based hybrid laminate structures for high-velocity impact (HVI) in carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites, Composites Science and Technology, Vol:241, ISSN:0266-3538, Pages:1-10
et al., 2023, Experimental characterisation of the dilation angle of polymers, Polymer Testing, Vol:125, ISSN:0142-9418, Pages:1-7
et al., 2023, Flexural behaviour of 3D-printed carbon fibre composites: Experimental and virtual tests- application to composite adaptive structure, Composites Part C: Open Access, Vol:10, ISSN:2666-6820
et al., 2023, Hierarchical solutions to compressive problems in fibre-reinforced composites, ECCM20 - The 20th European Conference on Composite Materials, Composite Construction Laboratory (CCLab), Pages:1512-1517