My research areas include computational damage mechanics of composites and its application in aerospace, civil, mechanical, maritime, automotive engineering and the renewable energy industry; 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 to detect multiscale damage in engineering materials, etc.
I am a Reader in Structural Composites. 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 by the University of Portsmouth.
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 50 internationally refereed journal and conference papers and a book chapter. I have been awarded about £350K external research funding. I am a member of the European Mechanics Society, a member of the research centre of the Defence Science and Technique 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.