Contact Professor Shijun Guo

Areas of expertise

  • Aerospace Structures
  • Aircraft Design
  • Composites


Prof. Guo (MSc, PhD, CEng, FRAeS, FHEA, SMAIAA) is specialised in Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics especially Composite Structures. He joined Cranfield University in 2003. He has supervised 2 Post-Doc Research Assistants, 12 PhD and 25 MSc Research students, 15 academic visitors and visiting PhD students. He has published over 140 journal and conference papers, delivered several technical reports to programme sponsors. He has also number of patents in novel FWR MAV and Tilt-Wing-Rotor aircraft design.

Prior to the current position, he worked as a senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire (1998-2003) and University of Lincolnshire (1996-98), post-doctoral research fellow in Oxford University (1995-96) and City University, London (1993-95).

Prior to his academic positions, he worked in the aerospace industry for over 10 years as a research engineer in an Aircraft Structure Research Institute, and later as a trainee engineer at the formal British Aerospace (Civil Aircraft Division, Hatfield, 1987-92).

Current activities

Prof. Guo is the course director of the Aerospace Vehicle Design (AVD) MSc (March intake) and academic director of an MSc aircraft design training programme for industry since 2008. He delivers lectures as module leader in the subjects of Design and Analysis of Composite Structures, Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics in the AVD MSc course. He also provides supervision to the AVD group design project, chairs the composite structure subgroup and supervises individual MSc student projects.

Prof. Guo has a wide range of research interests and activities. He leads a research team in Aeroelasticity and Composite Structures and supervises number of researchers, PhD and MSc student projects. He is currently involved in a research project on composite wing optimisation sponsored by Embraer and a project on power-plant integration platform system funded by Innovative-UK and Rolls-Royce. His research activity covers the morphing wing technology, smart composite structures, passive gust alleviation, MDO and aeroelastic tailoring of aircraft. He also keeps research on bio-inspired flapping wing aircraft following the first successful vertical take-off flight test in the world of his novel micro flapping wing rotor.


Prof. Guo has successfully carried out many research projects funded by UK, EU and international funding bodies and sponsors including EPSRC, BAE Systems, MBDA, Airbus, EC (FP7), EOARD/USAFRL, Embraer, Chinese NSFC and AVIC.

Selected examples of research grants/contracts awarded by the above sponsors since 2005 are listed below:

Development and aeroelastic optimization of a piezoelectric powered flapping wing for MAV, EPSRC research grant 2005-2008.

  • Optimal design of an active seamless aeroelastic composite wing structures, EPSRC/BAE Systems /MBDA PhD studentship case award grant, 2006-2009.
  • Design and testing of composite sandwich T-joints, BAE Systems contract, 2005-2008.
  • MDO of composite lower wing structures subject to manufacture constraint, EPSRC/Airbus funded EngD project, 2005-2009.
  • Design of an integrated active fin structure, MBDA contract, 2005.
  • Design of a TE actuation mechanism for flight control, MBDA contract, 2008-2009.
  • Smart high lift devices for next generation wings (SADE), EU FP7 project, 2008 - 2012.
  • Passive gust alleviation device and wind tunnel test for a flying-wing aircraft, EOARD/USAFRL funded, 2011-2015.
  • Flapping wing rotor MAV concept and fluid mechanism (NSFC 10902009), 2010-2012.
  • Flight dynamics modelling and control of an aircraft with seamless flexible control surfaces (NSFC 11102019), 2012-2014.
  • Experimental and CFD modelling of fluid-structure coupling of a micro flapping wing rotor (NSFC 11172029), 2012-2015.
  • The mechanism study of dynamic characteristics and aeroelastic coupling for efficiency enhancement of micro PZT flapping wing rotor (NSFC 11302027), 2014-2016.
  • MDO of composite wing for next generation regional jet, funded by Embraer, 2015-2018.
  • Greener Aeronautics International Networking (GRAIN-2), EC funded, 2013-16
  • Power-Plant Integration Platform System (PIPS), Innovative-UK/Rolls-Royce funded project, 2017-2019.


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers