Contact Dr Hao Cui

Areas of expertise

  • Aerospace Manufacturing
  • Aerospace Structures
  • Aircraft Design
  • Airworthiness
  • Aerospace Materials


Dr Hao Cui is currently a lecturer in aircraft structural design at the School of Aerospace Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University. He worked at the University of Oxford as a post-doctoral research associate between 2014-2017. Hao Cui earned a BSc in Aircraft Design Engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in June 2008. After that, he became a PhD student in solid mechanics at NPU. From October 2009, he continued his PhD studies in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, and was granted his PhD in January 2014.

He has extensive research experience on the damage and failure of composite structures. His research was mainly funded by aerospace manufacturers such as Rolls-Royce. Some recent projects he has worked on include:

  • Dynamic bridging mechanisms of Z-pinned composites, funded by EPSRC, 2015-2018.
  • Dynamic damage modelling of composite materials, funded by Rolls-Royce, 2014-2016.

He is currently a member of the International Society of Impact Engineering, a member of the International Committee on Composite Materials, and a member of the European Structural Integrity Society.

Current activities

Dr Hao Cui has extensive experience in the design and analysis of composite structures for aerospace applications, with consideration of the structural integrity in extreme loading conditions. He has expertise in the numerical modelling and experimental characterisation for materials and structures at different length scale, and is experienced in developing novel modelling strategies and testing tools for different material construction and behaviour. His research interests include:

  • Continuum damage mechanics
  • Nonlinear deformation and damage of adhesive bonding
  • Fatigue damage of materials and structures
  • Novel manufacturing technology for aerospace structures
  • Micro aero-vehicles and VTOL aircraft
  • High efficiency computation for coupled fluid-solid analysis.



Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Innovate UK


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