Imperial College London

Dr Weilong Ai

Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Research Associate





409Mechanical EngineeringSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Weilong Ai is a Research Associate in Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London and a member of the Electrochemical Science and Engineering group. He got the PhD degree from Durham University on Computational Mechanics in 2018. Before coming to UK, he obtained the Master (2014) and Bachelor (2011) degrees in Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. 

His research is focused on developing numerical methods to solve engineering problems. During previous years, he worked on meshless methods for modeling crack propagation and fracture. Meshless methods are advantageous over the traditional finite element method for their meshless nature and smoothness of results. These methods can be applied to multi-physic fields, including thermal environments and electrochemical situations (current project). His research interests include: battery modelling; computational fracture; meshless methods. 

Publication list can be found in Google Scholar through the link below:



Edge JS, O'Kane S, Prosser R, et al., 2021, Lithium ion battery degradation: what you need to know, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, ISSN:1463-9076

Ai W, Kraft L, Sturm J, et al., 2020, Electrochemical thermal-mechanical modelling of stress inhomogeneity in lithium-ion pouch cells, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol:167, ISSN:0013-4651

Liu X, Ai W, Naylor Marlow M, et al., 2019, The effect of cell-to-cell variations and thermal gradients on the performance and degradation of lithium-ion battery packs, Applied Energy, Vol:248, ISSN:0306-2619, Pages:489-499

Ai W, Bird RE, Coombs WM, et al., 2019, A configurational force driven cracking particle method for modelling crack propagation in 2D, Engineering Analysis With Boundary Elements, Vol:104, ISSN:0955-7997, Pages:197-208

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