The Multifunctional Composites Joining, Modelling and Repair research group, led by Dr Hamed Yazdani Nezhad, is part of the Enhanced Composites and Structures Centre at Cranfield University.

The research group is focused on multi-disciplinary activities mapped across different technology readiness levels (TRL1-6), multi-material and multi-scale approaches for design, manufacturing, joining and structural integrity assessment of high performance multifunctional polymer composite materials and structures. The group comprises academic and research staff, post-docs, students, lab technicians and industrial partners.

Group members

Dr Meng-Fang Lin (research staff)
Danning Li (PhD student)
Donglan An (PhD student)
Raghvendra Kumar Mishra (PhD student)
Ehsan Tanhaee (PhD student)
Luis Lopez Lazaro (MSc student)
Tadej Bregar (MSc student)
Daria Mesbah (MSc student)
Sara Hawi (MSc student)
Wei Dai (MSc student)
Xi Wang (MSc student)
Yvette Mwendwa (MSc student)
Siddarth Mohanty (MSc student)
Xiaolong Zhang (MSc student)

Current projects


UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC (UKRI)
Cametics Cambridge Advanced Metals Ltd
Munro Technology Ltd
FGV Cambridge Nanosystems Ltd
Oxford Advanced Surfaces Ltd
Through-life Engineering Services Centre
Zodiac Aerospace Ltd

Laboratory equipment

CVD, nanosynthesis facilities, nano-embedded polymer and composite fabrication facilities, vacuum oven, also access to the composite manufacturing laboratory and Through-life Engineering Services Centre NDI facilities, molecular dynamics simulation (LAMMPS), Abaqus and ANSYS.

Funding resources

H2020 (Clean Sky2, European Regional Development Fund)
Industrial (Cametics, MunroTech, OAS, CNONS etc)

Postgraduate projects

Claire Giraudmaillet

Health monitoring of polymer composite structures using piezoelectric nano-fibres

Multicomp project

Daria Mesbah

Development of high interlaminar fracture toughness composites using nanofibres for aircraft interior

Multicomp project

Dimosthenis Stratakis

Performance of aerospace composites in the presence of process-induced defects

Multicomp project

Luis Lopez Lazaro

Comparative FEA of thermoset and thermoplastic composite laminates subjected to impact events

Multicomp project

Rachana Bhanushali

Effect of bond deficiency on the response of bonded composite single-lap joints

Multicomp project

Raphael Prevost

Development of damage tolerant aerospace composites using advanced interlaminar nanofibers

Multicomp project

Sara Hawi

Nano-material embedded C-solder evaluation for high performance structural joining

Multicomp project

Tadej Bregar

Smart adhesive evaluation for structural in-situ strain measurement applications

Multicomp project

Jim Nourry

Nanocomposite for strain self-sensing application

Nanocomposite for strain self-sensing application poster

Xi Wang

Augmented reality (AR) equipped composites repair

Augmented reality (AR) equipped composites repair poster

Xiaolong Zhang

Tailoring of thermo-mechanical properties of hybrid composite-metal bonded joints

Tailoring of thermo-mechanical properties of hybrid composite-metal bonded joints poster

Other projects


Multicomp project 

Multifunctional composites

Multicomp project

Impact damage response

Multicomp project 

Composite bolted joint

Multicomp project

Composite bonded joint

Multicomp project 

Rapid, reliable and intelligent unconventional manufacturing of composite structures

Multicomp project 

Dielectric nanocomposites

Multicomp project 

Aerospace composite repair

 Aerospace Composite Repair

In situ 3D Xray CT nanoindentation of nanocomposites

In situ 3D Xray CT nanoindentation of nanocomposites

Augmented Reality (AR) equipped composites repair

Augmented Reality Equipped Composites Repair poster


The group has no vacancies currently. Please visit later or contact Dr Yazdani Nezhad for future vacancies.