Dr Wei Tan

Wei Tan

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

School of Engineering and Materials Science
223, Engineering, Mile End



novel characterisation methods, composites under impact, multifunctional composites using carbon nanotube materials

Publications of specific relevance to Materials Research



  • Tan W (2022). Modelling Pre-fatigue, Low-velocity Impact and Post-impact Fatigue Behaviours of Composite Helicopter Tail Structures under Multipoint Coordinated Loading Spectrum. Elsevier  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. Materialpruefung/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. Elsevier  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. Elsevier  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 Media  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. Elsevier  Composites Part a: Applied Science and Manufacturing  106665-106665. 10.1016/j.compositesa.2021.106665
  • Cheng ZQ, Tan W and Xiong JJ (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. Mdpi Ag  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. Elsevier Bv  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. Elsevier  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. 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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). 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
  • 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


  • Tan W and Falzon BG (2016). Modelling the crush behaviour of thermoplastic composites. Elsevier  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
  • 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. Elsevier  Composites Science and Technology  vol. 126, 60-77. 10.1016/j.compscitech.2016.02.008
  • 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: Fifty Years of Progress and Achievement of The Science, Development, and Ap  10.1007/978-3-319-46120-5_24


  • 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 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 (2015). 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


Grants of specific relevance to Materials Research
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)