Contact Dr Ali Mehmanparast

Areas of expertise

  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Energy Asset Management
  • Instrumentation, Sensors and Measurement Science
  • Renewable Energy
  • Structures and Materials


Dr Ali Mehmanparast (PhD, MBA, CEng, CMgr) 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 life extension and structural integrity assessment of service aged components operating at high temperatures.

Academic Background:

  • - Master of Business Administration (MBA), School of Management, Cranfield University, 2018-2019
  • - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD & DIC), Mechanical Engineering Department, Imperial College London, 2008-2012
  • - Master of Engineering (MEng & ACGI), Mechanical Engineering Department, Imperial College London, 2004-2008

Career History:

  • - Reader in Structural Integrity, Cranfield University, 2021-Present 
  • - Senior Lecturer in Structural Integrity, Cranfield University, 2018-2021
  • - Lecturer in Structural Integrity, Cranfield University, 2014-2018
  • - Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering Department, Imperial College London, 2012-2014

Research opportunities

Current activities

Dr Mehmanparast is a Reader in Structural Integrity, Manager of the Structural Integrity Laboratory and Manager of the Cranfield-Oxford-Strathclyde Universities Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS) Centre for Doctoral Training. He 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-IMechE), Chartered Manager (Chartered Management Institute-CMI) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is an Editorial Board member of two leading international journals of "Materials at High Temperatures" and "Journal of Multiscale Modelling".

His current research interests are:

  • - Life Prediction and Extension of Engineering Structures
  • - Numerical and Experimental Fracture Mechanics
  • - Fatigue, Corrosion-Fatigue, Creep and Fracture
  • - Residual Stress Measurement
  • - Advanced Finite Element Modelling
  • - Structural Integrity of Additive Manufactured Parts


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

  • - Mr Alessandro Annoni: Integrity Assessment of MP-TP Connections in Offshore Wind Turbines (Sponsored by EPSRC and TWI), Started in 2020
  • - Miss Anna Ermakova: Structural Integrity Assessment of Functionally Graded Components Created using Additive Manufacturing Technology for Marine Applications (Sponsored by EPSRC), Started in 2018
  • - 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


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

  • - Dr Jessica Taylor: Assessment of Crack Arrest Behaviour in Modern Structural Steels (Sponsored by TWI and Lloyd's Register), Completed in 2021
  • - Miss Satya Anandavijayan: Material Pre-straining Effects on Fatigue and Fracture Behaviour of Offshore Wind Monopile Structures (Sponsored by EPSRC), Completed in 2021
  • - Dr Abdulhakim Adeoye Shittu: Structural Reliability Assessment of Complex Offshore Structures Based on Non-Intrusive Stochastic Methods (Sponsored by PTDF), Completed in 2020
  • - Dr Victor Igwemezie: Corrosion-Fatigue in Renewable Energy Marine Structures (Sponsored by TETFund), Completed in 2019
  • - Dr Waseem Khodabux: Improvement of SHM Performance for Offshore Wind Turbines Subjected to Fatigue and Pitting Corrosion (Sponsored by ORE Catapult), Completed in 2019
  • - Dr Anais Jacob: The Influence of Residual Stresses on Structural Integrity of Renewable Energy Marine Structures (Sponsored by STFC), Completed in 2019
  • - Dr Ali Alturaihi: The Influence of Partial Peening on Fatigue Crack Growth, Completed in 2017


Dr Mehmanparast is currently the supervisor of the following Post-Doctoral Research Fellow(s):

  • - Dr Muhammad Shamir


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

  • - Dr Romali Biswal (currently working at Cranfield University)
  • - Dr Behrooz Tafazzoli (currently working at the Open University)
  • - Dr Vipin Sukumara Pillai (currently working at TWI)


  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Carbon Trust
  • Supergen Wind Hub
  • Supergen ORE Hub
  • 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.