Dr Wei Tan

Dr Wei Tan

Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Head of Mechanics of Composite Materials Group
IT Committee Chair
Outreach Lead
Library Rep

Engineering 223, Mile End

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support hours:
4 pm to 5 pm Wednesday
Expertise: My research expertise lies in the mechanics of composites, multiscale modelling, multifunctional composites, finite element methods and data-driven methods. In particular, I have developed (1) computational models to understand the failure of composite materials under impact and crush loadings; (2) multifunctional composites for energy storage, shape-morphing and sensing; (3) data-driven methods for topology optimisation of cellular composites.
Research Centre:
Affiliations: Associate Editor of Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering (Solid Mechanics), Since 2022
Board member of UK Association for Computational Mechanics, Since Jan. 2021
Member of European Mechanics Society, Since Aug. 2018
Professional Membership of IoM3, Since 2021

Brief Biography

Dr Wei Tan is a Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University London and the head of the research group on "Mechanics of Composite Materials". He received his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and Physics (double major) at Central South University, followed by his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at Queen's University Belfast. He then worked as a Research Associate at University of Cambridge. He has published over 40 papers in leading journals of composite materials. Other recognitions include the EPSRC New Investigator Award, Cambridge CAPE BlueSky Research Award and Royal Aeronautical Society Bronze Award. He is an associate editor for the Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering (Solid Mechanics).

His research interests lie in the mechanics of multifunctional composite materials from load-bearing, energy-storage to shape-morphing. His research is focused on understanding and predicting the mechanical response of composite materials via experimental, analytical and computational methods. Particularly, his current research projects include: (1) proposing novel characterisation method to reveal the microstructures and deformation/failure mechanisms of composites operating over different length scales; (2) developing novel computational models or data-driven methods for predicting the mechanical response of composites under impact or crush loading; (3) promoting a new generation of damage tolerant and multifunctional composites, such as energy-storage and shape-morphing structures.