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Areas of expertise


Dr Ali Mehmanparast (PhD, CEng MIMechE, MEng, FHEA, PGCAP) received his MEng degree in 2008 and PhD degree in 2012, both from the Mechanical Engineering Department at Imperial College London. Prior to joining Cranfield University in 2014, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Imperial College London where he conducted research on environmental damage and service exposure effects on structural integrity assessment of high temperature components.

Academic Background:

  • - Master of Engineering (MEng & ACGI), Mechanical Engineering Department, Imperial College London, 2004-2008
  • - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD & DIC), Mechanical Engineering Department, Imperial College London, 2008-2012

Career History:

  • - Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering Department, Imperial College London, 2012-2014
  • - Lecturer in Structural Integrity, Cranfield University, 2014-2018
  • - REMS CDT Manager, 2014-Present
  • - Structural Integrity Lab Manager, Cranfield University, 2014-Present
  • - Senior Lecturer in Structural Integrity, Cranfield University, 2018-Present 

Current activities

Dr Mehmanparast is a Senior Lecturer in Structural Integrity and the Manager of the Cranfield, Oxford, Strathclyde Universities Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS) Centre for Doctoral Training. He also sits on the Engineering Integrity Society (EIS) Durability and Fatigue Committee and the UK Forum for Engineering Structural Integrity (FESI Council). Dr Mehmanparast is a Chartered Engineer (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) and a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. His current research interests are:

  • Life Prediction/Extension of Engineering Components and Structures
  • Engineering Critical Assessment
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Fatigue Crack Initiation and Growth 
  • Creep Deformation and Crack Growth
  • Fracture Toughness
  • Residual Stress Measurement
  • Finite Element Modelling
  • Digital Image Correlation (DIC) Measurement


Dr Mehmanparast is currently the principal supervisor of the following PhD/EngD students:

  • - Mr Victor Igwemezie: Corrosion-Fatigue in Renewable Energy Marine Structures (Sponsored through TETFUND), Started in 2015
  • - Miss Jessica Taylor: Assessment of Crack Arrest Behaviour in Modern Structural Steels (Sponsored by TWI and Lloyd's Register), Started in 2016
  • - Miss Satya Anandavijayan: Material Pre-straining Effects on Fatigue and Fracture Behaviour of Offshore Wind Monopile Structures (Sponsored by EPSRC), Started in 2016
  • - Mr Ali Hamedany: Investigating Computational Uncertainties and Their Effects on the Fatigue Life of Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations (Sponsored by KCI-Netherlands and DNV.GL), Started in 2017
  • - Miss Sharda Lochan: Fatigue Performance of Flanged Bolted Connections in Offshore Wind Turbines (Sponsored by EPSRC and TWI), Started in 2018
  • - Miss Anna Ermakova: Structural Integrity Assessment of Functionally Graded Components Created using Additive Manufacturing Technology for Marine Applications (Sponsored by EPSRC), Started in 2018

The following PhD/EngD student(s) have successfully completed their studies under Dr Mehmanparast's supervision:

  • - Dr Ali Alturaihi: The Influence of Partial Peening on Fatigue Crack Growth, Completed in 2017
  • - Dr Anais Jacob: The Influence of Residual Stresses on Structural Integrity of Renewable Energy Marine Structures (Sponsored by STFC), Completed in 2019


Dr Mehmanparast is currently supervising the following Post-Doctoral Research Fellows:

  • - Dr Romali Biswal

The following Post-Doctoral Research Fellow(s) have successfully completed their research under Dr Mehmanparast's supervision:

  • - Dr Vipin Sukumara Pillai
  • - Dr Behrooz Tafazzoli


  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Carbon Trust
  • TWI
  • Lloyd's Register
  • DNV.GL
  • KCI


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Davies CM & Mehmanparast A (2013) Creep crack growth modelling in 316H stainless steel. In: Advanced materials modelling for structures. Holm Altenbach, Serge Kruch (ed.), Springer Berlin Heidelberg, p. 109-120.