Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Professor in the Mechanics of Composites



+44 (0)20 7594 5076silvestre.pinho Website




314City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






Silvestre Taveira Pinho is a Professor in Mechanics of Composites at Imperial College London. His group has developed various analytical and numerical models for failure of composites, some of which currently ship natively in both Abaqus and LS-Dyna. His group has also developed bio-inspired microstructures for composites which lead to an over fivefold increase in energy dissipation during failure.

Silvestre was awarded in 2010 by the European Society for Composite Materials (ESCM) the prize for best young researcher in Composites active in Europe. Silvestre is a member of the Executive Council of the International Community for Composite Materials since 2017 and of the Royal Aeronautical Society Structures & Materials Specialist Committee since 2018. He also served as a member of the Council and of the Executive Committee of the European Society for Composite Materials from 2012 to 2022. Silvestre was awarded two distinct fellowships from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (2014 and 2022).

Employment opportunities

PhD student and research assistant opportunities are often available. Please get in touch if you would like to join my lab.


Silvestre currently supervises with other academics several PhD students and Research Associates. Current and past funding bodies include Research Councils and Industry (EU, EPSRC, FCT, MoD, Airbus, Renault F1 team, Rolls-Royce, BAe systems, amongst others).

Research group

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Research Group

External resources

Research metrics are available in google scholar, researcherID and Scopus.

Professional profiles: Linkdin, Academic Room, iMechanica and Research Gate.



Yu B, Katafiasz TJ, Nguyen S, et al., 2021, Hygrothermal effects on the translaminar fracture toughness of a highly toughened aerospace CFRP: Experimental characterisation and model prediction, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:150, ISSN:1359-835X, Pages:1-12

Plocher J, Mencattelli L, Narducci F, et al., 2021, Learning from nature: Bio-Inspiration for damage-tolerant high-performance fibre-reinforced composites, Composites Science and Technology, Vol:208, ISSN:0266-3538

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

Kocaman ES, Chen BY, Pinho ST, 2020, A floating connector element formulation for multi-level modelling of composite structures, Composite Structures, Vol:251, ISSN:0263-8223, Pages:1-13

Häsä R, Pinho ST, 2020, Bio-inspired armour: CFRP with scales for perforation resistance, Materials Letters, Vol:273, ISSN:0167-577X, Pages:1-4

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