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 performance assessment of lightweight materials and structures, involving both experimental and computational endeavours. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal papers and received 5 patents. He is also the Assistant Editor of International Journal of Lightweight Materials and Manufacture. 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. He has supervised a number of PhD and Master students. He is currently the Module Leader of Engineering Stress Analysis for Pre-Master students at Cranfield University.

Research opportunities

With the target to achieve low carbon emission, lightweight materials and structures have been increasingly used in the modern manufacturing industry. This requires more efforts on the development of new understanding and techniques for the manufacture and assessment of such materials and structures. 

My research focuses on the design and manufacture of lightweight materials and structures as well as related performance assessments, involving both experimental and computational endeavours. In particular, I am interested in the development of reliable characterisation methods and high-fidelity numerical tools, which can be used to support the design and manufacture of lightweight materials and structures.

I am currently recruiting full-time PhD students, visiting PhD students and visiting academics. Applicants with research background of Material Science, Mechanical Engineering and Finite Element Analysis are welcome to send inquiry for further discussion.

Current activities

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

1. Engineering Stress Analysis
2. Design and Analysis of Composite Structures


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