Dr Wei Tan

Wei TanPhD (Queen's University Belfast)

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

School of Engineering and Materials Science

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Composite materials, Material modelling


Dr. Wei Tan is currently a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Queen Mary University London. He received his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and Physics at Central South University, followed by his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at Queen's University Belfast. He then worked as a Research Associate at University of Cambridge. His research interests lie in the mechanics of composite materials and energy storage materials, aiming to make future vehicles lighter and safer for accelerating net-zero transition. His research features the impact damage prediction and crashworthiness design of carbon fibre composites, manufacturing and modelling of carbon nanotube (CNT) polymer composites for transport and energy sectors. He is currently teaching 1st year "Computational and Mathematical Modelling" and 3rd year "Failure of Solids".


Publications of specific relevance to Advanced Robotics


Kansara H, Liu M, He Y and Tan W (2023). Inverse design and additive manufacturing of shape-morphing structures based on functionally graded composites. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids  vol. 180, 10.1016/j.jmps.2023.105382
Zhang X, Tan W, Carey T, Wen B, He D, Arbab A, Groombridge A, Smail F, de La Verpilliere J, Yao C, Wang Y, Wei X, Liu H, Xie S, Torrisi F, De Volder M, Zhou W and Boies A (2023). Enhanced composite thermal conductivity by percolated networks of in-situ confined-grown carbon nanotubes. Nano Research  vol. 16, (11) 12821-12829. 10.1007/s12274-023-6209-6
Ge J, Tan W, Ahmad S, Falzon BG, Catalanotti G, Higgins C, Jin Y and Sun D (2023). Temperature-dependent cutting physics in orthogonal cutting of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing  vol. 176, 10.1016/j.compositesa.2023.107820
Sun H, Xiang D, Zhang J, Tan W, Harkin-Jones E, Wang J, Wang M, Wang B, Zhao C, Li H, Li Z, Li Y and Wu Y (2023). Electrical, mechanical and damage self-sensing properties of basalt fiber reinforced polymer composites modified by electrophoretic deposition. Progress in Natural Science: Materials International  vol. 33, (5) 593-600. 10.1016/j.pnsc.2023.11.003
Sobhani Aragh B, Tan W, Borzabadi Farahani E, Al-Greer M and Hughes D (2023). Porosity-dependent stability analysis of bio-inspired cellular nanocomposite shells. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences  10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2023.108763
Xiang D, Shui T, Qiao H, Tan W, Harkin-Jones E, Zhang J, Ji P, Wang P, Wang B, Zhao C, Li H, Wu Y and Li Y (2023). Enhanced interfacial interaction, mechanical properties and thermal stability of basalt fiber/epoxy composites with multi-scale reinforcements. Composite Interfaces  vol. 30, (12) 1387-1409. 10.1080/09276440.2023.2220500
Au-Yeung K, Quintanas-Corominas A, Martínez-Pañeda E and Tan W (2023). Hygroscopic phase field fracture modelling of composite materials. Engineering with Computers  10.1007/s00366-023-01820-z
Cheng ZQ, Tan W, Xiong JJ, He EM, Xiong TH and Wang YP (2023). Modelling fatigue behaviours and lifetimes of novel GLARE laminates under random loading spectrum. Composite Structures  vol. 311, 10.1016/j.compstruct.2023.116799


Ge J, Tan W, Catalanotti G, Falzon BG, McClelland J, Higgins C, Jin Y and Sun D (2022). Understanding Chip Formation in Orthogonal Cutting of Aeronautical Thermoplastic CF/PEKK Composites Based on Finite Element Method. Advances in Manufacturing Technology Xxxv  IOS Press 10.3233/atde220584
Mao JJ, Wang S, Tan W and Liu M (2022). Modular multistable metamaterials with reprogrammable mechanical properties. Engineering Structures  vol. 272, 10.1016/j.engstruct.2022.114976
Tan W (2022). Modelling Pre-fatigue, Low-velocity Impact and Post-impact Fatigue Behaviours of Composite Helicopter Tail Structures under Multipoint Coordinated Loading Spectrum. Thin-Walled Structures  10.1016/j.tws.2022.109349
Wang X, Li P, Xiang D, Wang B, Zhang Z, Zhang J, Zhao C, Li H, Tan W, Wang J and Li Y (2022). Influence of high-temperature, high-pressure, and acidic conditions on the structure and properties of high-performance organic fibers. Materials Testing  vol. 64, (5) 623-635. 10.1515/mt-2021-2099
Tan W and Martínez-Pañeda E (2022). Phase field fracture predictions of microscopic bridging behaviour of composite materials. Composite Structures  vol. 286, 10.1016/j.compstruct.2022.115242


Cheng Z-Q, Xiong J-J and Tan W (2021). Fatigue Crack Growth and Life Prediction of 7075-T62 Aluminium-alloy Thin-sheets with Low-velocity Impact Damage under Block Spectrum Loading. International Journal of Fatigue  106618-106618. 10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2021.106618
Koliolios E, Mills DG, Busfield JJC and Tan W (2021). The Nail Penetration Behaviour of Carbon Nanotube Composite Electrodes for Energy Storage. Frontiers in Materials  vol. 8, 741541-741541. 10.3389/fmats.2021.741541
Zhang X, Xiang D, Wu Y, Harkin-Jones E, Shen J, Ye Y, Tan W, Wang J, Wang P, Zhao C and Li Y (2021). High-Performance Flexible Strain Sensors Based on Biaxially Stretched Conductive Polymer Composites with Carbon Nanotubes Immobilized on Reduced Graphene Oxide. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing  106665-106665. 10.1016/j.compositesa.2021.106665
Cheng Z-Q, Tan W and Xiong J-J (2021). Progressive damage modelling and fatigue life prediction of Plain-weave composite laminates with Low-velocity impact damage. Composite Structures  vol. 273, 10.1016/j.compstruct.2021.114262
Tan W, Stallard JC, Jo C, De Volder MFL and Fleck NA (2021). The mechanical and electrochemical properties of polyaniline-coated carbon nanotube mat. Journal of Energy Storage  vol. 41, 10.1016/j.est.2021.102757
Tan W and Falzon BG (2021). A crystal plasticity phenomenological model to capture the non-linear shear response of carbon fibre reinforced composites. International Journal of Lightweight Materials and Manufacture  vol. 4, (1) 99-109. 10.1016/j.ijlmm.2020.06.004
Kansara H, Koh G, Varghese M, Luk JZX, Gomez EF, Kumar S, Zhang H, Martínez-Pañeda E and Tan W (2021). Data-driven modelling of scalable spinodoid structures for energy absorption. UKACM conference proceeding 2021 
Gspann TS, Kaniyoor A, Tan W, Kloza PA, Bulmer JS, Mizen J, Divitini G, Terrones J, Tune D, Cook JD, Smail FR and Elliott JA (2021). Catalyst-Mediated Enhancement of Carbon Nanotube Textiles by Laser Irradiation: Nanoparticle Sweating and Bundle Alignment. Catalysts  vol. 11, (3) 368-368. 10.3390/catal11030368


Tan W and Martínez-Pañeda E (2020). Phase field predictions of microscopic fracture and R-curve behaviour of fibre-reinforced composites. Composites Science and Technology  108539-108539. 10.1016/j.compscitech.2020.108539
Tan W and Liu B (2020). A physically-based constitutive model for the shear-dominated response and strain rate effect of carbon fibre reinforced composites., Editors: Wang H. Composites Part B: Engineering  10.1016/j.compositesb.2020.108032


Wang Y, Li Y, Tan W, Tang M and Du W (2019). Experimental study on shear properties of concrete pile-clay interface considering surface roughness of structure. Zhongnan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)/Journal of Central South University (Science and Technology)  vol. 50, (10) 2502-2509. 10.11817/j.issn.1672-7207.2019.10.018
Tan W, Stallard JC, Smail FR, Boies AM and Fleck NA (2019). The mechanical and electrical properties of direct-spun carbon nanotube mat-epoxy composites. Carbon  vol. 150, 489-504. 10.1016/j.carbon.2019.04.118
Liu H, Falzon BG, Li S, Tan W, Liu J, Chai H, Blackman BRK and Dear JP (2019). Compressive failure of woven fabric reinforced thermoplastic composites with an open-hole: An experimental and numerical study. Composite Structures  vol. 213, 108-117. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2019.01.070
Li X, Ma D, Liu H, Tan W, Gong X, Zhang C and Li Y (2019). Assessment of failure criteria and damage evolution methods for composite laminates under low-velocity impact. Composite Structures  vol. 207, 727-739. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.09.093


Chang T, Zhan L, Tan W and Wu X (2018). Cohesive zone modeling of the autoclave pressure effect on the delamination behavior of composite laminates. Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites  vol. 37, (24) 1468-1480. 10.1177/0731684418799948
Liu H, Falzon BG, Catalanotti G and Tan W (2018). An experimental method to determine the intralaminar fracture toughness of high-strength carbon-fibre reinforced composite aerostructures. The Aeronautical Journal  vol. 122, (1255) 1352-1370. 10.1017/aer.2018.78
Zhang X, Tan W, Smail F, De Volder M, Fleck N and Boies A (2018). High-fidelity characterization on anisotropic thermal conductivity of carbon nanotube sheets and on their effects of thermal enhancement of nanocomposites. Nanotechnology  vol. 29, (36) 10.1088/1361-6528/aacd7b
Stallard JC, Tan W, Smail FR, Gspann TS, Boies AM and Fleck NA (2018). The mechanical and electrical properties of direct-spun carbon nanotube mats. Extreme Mechanics Letters  vol. 21, 65-75. 10.1016/j.eml.2018.03.003
Tan W, Naya F, Yang L, Chang T, Falzon BG, Zhan L, Molina-Aldareguía JM, González C and Llorca J (2018). The role of interfacial properties on the intralaminar and interlaminar damage behaviour of unidirectional composite laminates: Experimental characterization and multiscale modelling. Composites Part B: Engineering  vol. 138, 206-221. 10.1016/j.compositesb.2017.11.043
Liu H, Falzon BG and Tan W (2018). Experimental and numerical studies on the impact response of damage-tolerant hybrid unidirectional/woven carbon-fibre reinforced composite laminates. Composites Part B Engineering  vol. 136, 101-118. 10.1016/j.compositesb.2017.10.016
Jiang R, Yang L, Liu H, Tan W, Sun X, Cheng H and Mao W (2018). A multiscale methodology quantifying the sintering temperature‐dependent mechanical properties of oxide matrix composites. Journal of the American Ceramic Society  vol. 101, (7) 3168-3180. 10.1111/jace.15473
Liu H, Falzon BG and Tan W (2018). Predicting the Compression-After-Impact (CAI) strength of damage-tolerant hybrid unidirectional/woven carbon-fibre reinforced composite laminates. Composites Part A Applied Science and Manufacturing  vol. 105, 189-202. 10.1016/j.compositesa.2017.11.021


Falzon BG, Liu H and Tan W (2017). Comment on “A tensorial based progressive damage model for fibre reinforced polymers”. Composite Structures  vol. 176, 877-882. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2017.06.011
Chang T, Zhan L, Tan W and Li S (2017). Effect of autoclave pressure on interfacial properties at micro- and macro- level in polymer-matrix composite laminates. Fibers and Polymers  vol. 18, (8) 1614-1622. 10.1007/s12221-017-7384-4
Chang T, Zhan L, Tan W and Li S (2017). Optimization of curing process for polymer-matrix composites based on orthogonal experimental method. Fibers and Polymers  vol. 18, (1) 148-154. 10.1007/s12221-017-6606-0


Falzon BG and Tan W (2016). Virtual Testing of Composite Structures: Progress and Challenges in Predicting Damage, Residual Strength and Crashworthiness. The Structural Integrity of Carbon Fiber Composites  Springer Nature 10.1007/978-3-319-46120-5_24
Tan W and Falzon BG (2016). Modelling the crush behaviour of thermoplastic composites. Composites Science and Technology  vol. 134, 57-71. 10.1016/j.compscitech.2016.07.015
Tan W, Falzon BG, Price M and Liu H (2016). The role of material characterisation in the crush modelling of thermoplastic composite structures. Composite Structures  vol. 153, 914-927. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2016.07.011
Chang T, Zhan L, Tan W and Li S (2016). Void content and interfacial properties of composite laminates under different autoclave cure pressure. Composite Interfaces  vol. 24, (5) 529-540. 10.1080/09276440.2016.1237113
Falzon B and Tan W (2016). Predicting Impact Damage, Residual Strength and Crashworthiness of Composite Structures. SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing  vol. 9, (3) 718-728. 10.4271/2016-01-0497
Tan W and Falzon BG (2016). Modelling the nonlinear behaviour and fracture process of AS4/PEKK thermoplastic composite under shear loading. Composites Science and Technology  vol. 126, 60-77. 10.1016/j.compscitech.2016.02.008
Zhan L, Tan W, Chang T and Ding X (2016). Effect of autoclave cure cycles on the interfacial properties of composite laminates. ECCM 2016 - Proceeding of the 17th European Conference on Composite Materials 
Liu H, Falzon BG and Tan W (2016). An experimental method to determine the longitudinal intralaminar fracture toughness of high tensile strength fibre-reinforced unidirectional composites. ECCM 2016 - Proceeding of the 17th European Conference on Composite Materials 


Tan W, Falzon BG, Chiu LNS and Price M (2015). Predicting low velocity impact damage and Compression-After-Impact (CAI) behaviour of composite laminates. Composites Part A Applied Science and Manufacturing  vol. 71, 212-226. 10.1016/j.compositesa.2015.01.025
Tan W, Falzon BG, Chiu LNS and Price M (2015). Numerical prediction of the low-velocity impact damage and compression after impact strength of composite laminates. IOP Conference Series Materials Science and Engineering  vol. 74, (1) 10.1088/1757-899x/74/1/012015
Tan Z, Tan J, Liu Y and Tan W (2015). Electromagnetic characteristics of large gap magnetic driving axial flow blood pump. Zhongnan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)/Journal of Central South University (Science and Technology)  vol. 46, (1) 99-106. 10.11817/j.issn.1672-7207.2015.01.014


Tan W, Falzon BG and Price M (2014). Predicting the crushing behaviour of composite material using high-fidelity finite element modelling. International Journal of Crashworthiness  vol. 20, (1) 60-77. 10.1080/13588265.2014.972122


Xie X, Tan JP, Liu HT, Liu YL, Tan W and Tan Z (2011). Study on Control Parameters in the Acceleration of Axial Flow Blood Pump. Applied Mechanics and Materials  vol. 128-129, 1031-1034. 10.4028/www.scientific.net/amm.128-129.1031
Tan JP, Liu YL, Liu HT, Tan W and Tan Z (2011). Study on Acceleration Control Algorithm of Blood Pump Driven by Large Gap Magnetic Force. Trans Tech Publications 10.4028/www.scientific.net/amr.317-319.1193
Tan J-P, Liu Y-L, Liu H-T, Tan W and Tan Z (2011). Study on Acceleration Control Algorithm of Blood Pump Driven by Large Gap Magnetic Force. EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY AND AUTOMATION, PTS 1-3  vol. 317-319, 1193-1196. 10.4028/minv.scientific.net/AMR.317-319.1193


Grants of specific relevance to Advanced Robotics
CELLCOMP: Data-driven Mechanistic Modelling of Scalable Cellular Composites for Crash Energy Absorption
Tan W
£392,388 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (01-07-2021 - 01-07-2024)
European Commission Graphene Flagship Core Project 3 (GrapheneCore3)
Tan W
£376,501 European Commission (01-04-2020 - 31-03-2023)

Basic research on fiber-metal laminate structure creep-solidification composite forming
Zhan L, Shen R, Liu Z, Tan W, Wu X, Chang T, Xu Y, Yang Z, Ding X and Li X
USD100,079 National Natural Science Foundation of China (01-01-2017 - 31-12-2020)