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 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

Zhang B, Bacarreza O, Robinson P, et al., 2020, The investigation of modified 'brick and mortar' composite architecture with in-plane wavy segments for pseudo-ductility

Sun J, Pernice MF, Bacarreza O, et al., 2020, Pseudo-ductility in 0-degree fibre dominated CFRP through ply weakening

Robinson P, Zhang B, Bismarck A, et al., 2020, Development of an interleaved composite with a two-stage shape memory capability for deployable structure applications

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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