Contact Dr Haibao Liu

Areas of expertise

  • Aerospace Structures
  • Aircraft Design
  • Composites
  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Aerospace Materials
  • Structures and Materials


Dr. Haibao Liu is a Lecturer in Aerospace Structures at Centre for Aeronautics, Cranfield University. He obtained his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast (2018) and then joined Imperial College London as a Research Associate. His research focuses on the design and manufacture of lightweight materials and structures as well as related performance assessments, involving both experimental and computational endeavours. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal papers and received 5 patents. In 2019, he received the Excellent Paper Awards from Lightweight Materials and Manufacture Conference and the Bronze Award of Written Paper Prizes from Royal Aeronautical Society.

Currently, Dr Haibao Liu is the Assistant Editor of International Journal of Lightweight Materials and Manufacture and a full member of Royal Aeronautical Society.

Research opportunities

Currently recruiting 1) PhD students, 2) visiting PhD students and 3) visiting academics.
Applicants with research background of Material Science, Mechanical Engineering and Finite Element Analysis are welcome to send inquiry for further discussion.

Fully open to the collaboration on the broad scope of research related to the modelling, manufacturing and performance assessment of composite materials and structures.

Current activities

Research topics
1. Damage prediction and failure analysis of composite materials for structural application
2. Stamp forming techniques for the fast manufacture of thermoplastic composite components
3. Experimental and numerical assessment on the performance of repaired composites

Teaching modules
1. Engineering Stress Analysis
2. Design and Analysis of Composite Structures
3. Initial Structural Layout of Aircraft Design

News and activities
> Dr Haibao has registered as a full member of Royal Aeronautical Society - 09/08/2022
> Dr Haibao Liu has received a research grant from Royal Society to support his research on damage-resistant laminated glass for transportation vehicles - 21/03/2022
> Mr Minghan Du has started his PhD with a topic of structural health monitoring system for composite airframes under the supervision of Prof Shijun Guo and Dr Haibao Liu - 01/02/2022
> Dr Haibao Liu has received a seed-corn grant from NERC to support his research on the bio-based composites for next generation of infrastructures - 16/12/2021
> Dr Haibao Liu has joined Cranfield University as a Lecturer in Aerospace Structures - 12/07/2021


Royal Society
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) - UKRI


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