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Dr Wei Tan
BEng, PhD


Research Group News


My co-author (Dr. E. Martínez-Pañeda from Imperial) and I would like to announce that our new paper titled “Phase field predictions of microscopic fracture and R-curve behaviour of fibre-reinforced composites” has been accepted in Composites Science and Technology (The most prestigious journal in the composite field, IF=7.09), The archived version can be found from the DOI link ( or a free version (

Phase Field Model for composites


Welcome Mr Emilio Felipe Gomez  join our group as PhD student. He will work on thermal-mechanical modelling of graphene-related materials for improving battery saftey.


Our new paper titled ‘A physically-based constitutive model for the shear-dominated response and strain rate effect of carbon fibre reinforced composites’ has been published in the leading composite journal 'Composites Part B: Engineering'. This is the first time in the literature to demonstrate how the well-known crystal plasticity framework can be used to predict the plastic deformation and strain rate effect of composite materials. By analogy,  the plastic deformation of a composite lamina is assumed to be due to fibre slip along certain slip systems within the matrix. Reviewers comment "The paper is an excellent contribution to the literature. It is clear and concise, and the technical approach is very good" and "This is a very good manuscript, both regarding scientific content, novelty and thoroughness in the analysis".