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Dr Jiye Chen

  • Qualifications: PhD
  • Role Title: Reader in Structural Composites
  • Address: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH UK
  • Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 2427
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  • Department: School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
  • Faculty: Faculty of Technology


I obtained my PhD in the area of computational mechanics of composite structures from the University of Birmingham, UK in 1997. As a Research Associate, I worked with the Aeronautics Department of Imperial College London, from 1997 to 2000. In late 2000, I became a Research Fellow with the School of Engineering Science at the University of Southampton. I joined the Aerospace Engineering Department of University of Bristol in early 2004. At the end of 2006, I was appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. I was promoted to Reader in Structural Composites in June 2015.

I'm the leader of the research group of Materials, Structures and Geotechnics. I have more than 15 years of research experience in composites, and I've published over 45 internationally refereed journal and conference papers and a book chapter. I have been awarded around £250K in external research funding. I am a member of the European Mechanics Society, a member of the research centre of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, and a member of the National Network Group for Composites in Construction. I'm also an active member of the review boards of six leading international journals.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Design of Structural Elements, L5
  • Civil Engineering Science, L7
  • Individual Project, L6
  • MSc Degree Project


My research areas include the computational damage mechanics of composites and its application in aerospace, civil, mechanical, maritime, automotive engineering and the renewable energy industry. They include:

  • design, simulation and test of complex fibre composite structures;
  • composite panel systems in construction;
  • sandwich composite panels in bridge decks;
  • fracture toughness and fatigue strength of composites;
  • composite-adhesive repairing techniques;
  • bio-inspired design for improving damage resilience of composites;
  • extended cohesive damage model in simulation of multi-crack propagation;
  • extended digital image correlation method in detecting multiscale damage in engineering materials.

Research profile

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