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Dr Wei Tan


Research Group News

November 2021

Daniel receiving his Royal Charter Award at the IOM3

Daniel Mills wins the Royal Charter Prize of the IOM3

17 November 2021

Daniel Mills - a 2021 MEng Materials graduate - has been awarded the Royal Charter Prize of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3). This award is given to the best Materials Science graduate on any accredited materials degree course, regardless of discipline. This is a competitive … [more]

Research summary

A new failure model to predict the fatigue life of aeronautical aluminium-alloy thin-sheets upon impact damage

3 November 2021

A new paper from Dr Wei Tan's group is published! A new fatigue crack growth model considering the effects of load interaction and low velocity impact damage of aluminium-alloy thin-sheets was proposed. Our theoretical model and test results can provide guidelines for the impact damage tolerance design and fatigue … [more]

October 2021

The nail penetration of composite electrodes

The Nail Penetration Behaviour of Carbon Nanotube Composite Electrodes for Energy Storage

28 October 2021

New paper! An excellent work from our MEng student group project Evangelos Koliolios, Daniel Mills, James Busfield. "The Nail Penetration Behaviour of Carbon Nanotube Composite Electrodes for Energy Storage" published in the Frontiers in Materials. Paper can be found here:… [more]

July 2021

Structural power composites

Recent advance on the structural power composites

25 July 2021

Dr. Tan's group has recently published a paper on "Journal of Energy Storage" regarding the recent development of structural power composites. These composites can simultaneously carry mechanical load and store electrical energy. The developed electrodes possess up to 63% of their theoretical capacitance, and their tensile strengths are … [more]

May 2021

Green car. Credit: EduardHarkonen/

Queen Mary launches a new EPSRC research project to tackle safety concerns with zero emission vehicles

27 May 2021

The newly-funded EPSRC New Investigator project, led by Dr Wei Tan from Queen Mary’s Mechanics of Composite Materials Group (MCM), will create an intelligent data-driven virtual testing tool to assess an emerging type of lightweight materials, known as synthetic cellular composites (CCs). Materials found in nature are … [more]

April 2021

Daniel and Evangelos in full flow.

Industrial Liaison Forum #5 MEng Group Prize Winners Announced

29 April 2021

The fifth Industrial Liaison Forum (ILF#5) took place online on 28 April 2021. ILF#5 was the 4th year MEng Group Project Showcase. All 10 groups were invited to present their projects this year. The event attended by many external visitors including several of our Industrial Advisory Board Members, potential new … [more]

January 2021

Board member of UK Association for Computational Mechanics

Dr. Tan is elected as a board member of UK Association for Computational Mechanics

29 January 2021

Dr. Tan is honoured to be elected as a board member of UK Association for Computational Mechanics. He will represent Queen Mary University London in the field of Computatinal Mechanics and interact with many colleagues in other UK univerisities. The goal is to promote the impact of QMUL research in … [more]

Other 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".