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About Prof Yu Shi, PhD, FHEA, CEng and FIMMM

Prof. Yu Shi is Research Professor of Smart Composite Structure and lead of Chester Smart Composite Group (CSCG). He was reader (Associate Professor), Senior Lecturer, Lecturer between 11/2015 – 07/2019 in University of Chester. Since joining UoC, he has successfully secured external funding for many projects (up to total budgets of £3.5M) in his role of PI. He is currently supervising 7 PhDs, 6 PhDs by Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship, and one PhD by industrially funded project. He was also co-supervising the PhD student funded by Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) with Dalian University of Technology for two years.  He has more than 100 research publications by peer-reviewed journals and international conferences and one patent with total citations over 1000. He set up Chester Smart Composite Group and leads three international joint research labs with Chinese Universities and co-fund with two Japanese Universities. He has been working and collaborating with more than 30 home and international universities and over 50 companies and four Catapults in the UK.

Prof. Yu Shi has successfully secured the funding as PI from Innovate UK, DASA and EU H2020:

External Fundings

  • 2021-2022, PI, Innovate UK – REMASTER for clean maritime competition: £260k;
  • 2021-2025, H2020 RISE - INTAKE: €750k;
  • 2020-2021, PI, DASA - Windfarm mitigation for UK Air Defence: £63k;
  • 2020-2021, PI, Innovate UK - Tackling non-exhaust and non-road vehicle air pollution: phase 2 SBRI: £1.5M;
  • 2020-2023, PI, University of Chester & Industry joint Sustainbale PhD studentship: £60k
  • 2019-2019, PI, Innovate UK - Tackling non-exhaust and non-road vehicle air pollution: phase 1 SBRI: £50k;
  • 2017-2019, PI, Innovate UK grant, Jiangsu-UK Industrial Challenge: £500k
  • Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington project funded by European Regional Development Fund for research based studentship, Co-I.

Internal Fundings

  • University of Chester sustainable PhD scholarship: £62k.
  • University of Chester Vice Chancellor's PhD studentships (6x): £306k (£51k per student).
  • 2019, PI, International research mobility funds: 3k.
  • 2018-2019, PI, Faculty internal research fund: £4k.


Engineering Control – Lab Leader

Prof Yu Shi is delivering modules for 3rd year undergraduate and MEng courses. He is module leader as below

  • SE6005 Finite element analysis
  • SE7005 Applied finite element analysis
  • SE6029/7018 Composite science and technology


Prof. Yu Shi is specialised in smart composite structures and computational modelling for damage prediction of composite materials, machining and processing of thermoset and thermoplastic composite, drilling, cutting and welding joining technology. He is also interested in developing the multifunctional composite structures that integrate the printed sensors and electronics, energy harvesters, conformal antenna etc., for a series of functionalities for aerospace, aircraft, automotive, rail, offshore renewable energy and healthcare industries.

Published Work

Selected Publications


Book Chapter

  • Shi Y, Pinna C, Soutis C. Chapter 5: Low-velocity impact of composite laminates: damage evolution. Dynamic Deformation, Damage and Fracture in Composite Materials and Structures. Woodhead, 2016.


  • Pu J, Jia Y, Shi Y. Energy harvesting from kinetics of prosthetic leg. Powermems 2019, Krakow, Poland (Best poster&Demo award)
  • Wen T, Shi Y, Jia Y. Vibration energy harvesting for information transmission on offshore wind turbine blade. Powermems 2019, Krakow, Poland.
  • Shi Y (keynote speaker). Damage modelling of composite and application of multifunctional composites. 4th composite workshop at Manchester, 06.2019.
  • Alsaadi A, Shi Y, Jia Y. Delamination detection via reconstructed frequency response function of composite structures. DAMAS, Porto, 07.2019
  • Xu L, Shi Y, Wei X, Jie P, Jia Y. Multi-mode vibration detection for delamination of carbon fibre composite plate. ICCM22, Melbourne, 08. 2019
  • Yang P, Jia Y, Wei X, Shi Y. Multifunctional composite with printed sensors. ICCM22, Melbourne, 08. 2019
  • Wen T, Jia Y, Shi Y. Vibrational energy harvesting of multifunctional composite blade for offshore wind turbine. ICCM22, Melbourne, 08. 2019
  • Alsaadi A, Shi Y, Jia Y. A vibration-based structural health monitoring system for GFRP laminates. ICCM22, Melbourne, 08. 2019
  • Shi Y, Soutis C. Numerical modelling of matrix cracking, splitting and delamination in composite laminates using cohesive zone elements. ECCM 6, Glasgow, 06.2018.
  • Shi Y, McCarthy E, Soutis C. Finite element analysis of notch sensitivity in unconventional aerospace laminates with novel ply angles and stacking sequences. 5th Aircraft Structural Design Conference, Manchester, UK, October 2016.
  • Leonard F, Shi Y, Pinna C, Soutis C, Withers PJ. Impact damage characterisation of fibre/metal laminates by X-ray computed tomography. The conference on industrial computed tomography 2014 (ICT 2014), Austria, 2014.


BEng(Hons), MEng(Hons), PhD, FHEA, CEng and FIMMM.