Contact Dr Mehdi Yasaee

Areas of expertise

  • Aerospace Manufacturing
  • Aerospace Structures
  • Composites
  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Aerospace Materials


Dr Yasaee received his MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 at Imperial College. He obtained his PhD from the Aerospace Department at University of Bristol in 2012, investigating the management of delamination damage in composite materials using discrete interleaving technologies.
He then joined Rolls-Royce Composites University Technology Centre (UTC) as a Research Associate where his research was focussed on the experimental characterisation of through thickness reinforced (TTR) composites under quasi-static and dynamic impact loading. Dr Yasaee is now Senior Lecturer in Composite Structures at Cranfield University.

Current activities

Dr Yasaee's research interests include developing advanced materials for purpose of improved strength, fatigue and impact damage resistance. His expertise are in:
  • Fracture and damage analysis of composite materials
  • Hierarchical toughened damage tolerant composites
  • Dynamic impact characterisation of materials 
  • Analytical and numerical model development
  • Simulation of composite structures delamination damage and failure 
  • Functionally graded and topological optimisation of hybrid composite/metal structures
  • Advanced Materials
  • Aircraft Structure Design and Integration

Current Projects:
Powerplant Integration with Platform Systems (PIPS) program
An £8.9m joint Innovate UK and Rolls-Royce funded program with aim to investigate greater integration of the Structural, Thermal/ Fluid and Control Systems of power-plant with the airframe to achieve lighter, more fuel efficient power-plants of the future. Dr Yasaee is involved with the structures work package in PIPS which has a target of significant structural weight reduction in the wing, pylon and engine integration by systematic structural system design optimisation with extensive full scale experimental validation.

Dr Yasaee is the principal supervisor of the following PhD student:
Mr Peter Liu - PhD Title: Optimisation of composite hybrid structures
In this project a bespoke multi-material topological optimisation methodology is being developed with capability to design efficient hybrid composite/metal structures. 
The novelty of the methodology is to avoid complex geometries produced by classical topological optimisation routines. This means optimised hybrid composite/metal structures can be realised for any design space with the benefit of being cost effective to manufacture.


Rolls-Royce, plc

Formtech Composites

FAR Composites


Pro Drive

Digimat (e-Xtream engineering)


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