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

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. He has secured £550k external funding (Innovate UK) and around £350k internal funding for PhDs as Principal Investigator (PI). He is currently supervising four PhDs, three PhDs joining since 02/2019 by Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship, and one PhD is taking Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) for joint-PhD supervision with Dalian University of Technology for two years. He was involved in a funded project as an investigator, up to £900k (2015 onwards), and £1.5M as a researcher (2009-2015). He has around 50 research publications by peer-reviewed journals and international conferences and one patent. He set up Chester Smart Composite Group and leads three international joint research labs with Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), Xidian and Xi’an Jiaotong University. He has been working and collaborating with more than 30 home and international universities and over 50 companies and four Catapults in the UK.

Prior to joining Chester, he was awarded his PhD degree by the University of Sheffield. He worked on damage evaluation and structural integrity of advanced composite materials used in aircraft since MEng (2007), especially with study on the numerical simulation to predict multi-damage mechanisms of composite structures by finite element method with experimental validation like X-ray, C-Scan and CT-Scanning and analytical prediction (fracture mechanics, material mechanics) for his PhD work in two years and 10 months. He worked for The University of Sheffield, The University of Exeter and AFRC as postdoctoral researcher between 2013 and 2015. His research interests are additive manufacturing of composite, damage assessment of composite, finite element modelling on static and dynamic behaviour of composite (impact, crashing), multifunctional composites, energy harvesting, structural health monitoring and machining of composites for future lightweight electric automotive, rail vehicles, aircraft and renewable energy.

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

External Fundings

  • 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

  • 2020-2023, PI, University of Chester Vice Chancellor's PhD studentships 2019 (3x): £153k (£51 per student);
  • 2019, PI, International research mobility funds: 3k;
  • 2018-2019, PI, Faculty interna research fund: £4k;
  • 2019-2022, PI, University of Chester Vice Chancellor's PhD studentships 2019 (3x): £153k (£51 per student).


Engineering Control – Lab Leader

Dr 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 composite structures and computational 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 and inkjet print the sensors and energy harvesters 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.


  • 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. 6th European conference on computational mechanics (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.
  • Shi Y, McCarthy E, Soutis C. Investigation of pin-loaded aerospace laminates. ICCE-24, Haikou, China, July 2016
  • Shi Y, Zhu M. Novel integration approaches to macro fibre composite onto aircraft used carbon fibre/epoxy laminate for improvement of efficiency of energy harvesting. 10th Energy Harvesting Workshop. Virginia, USA, September 2015.
  • Shi Y, Pinna C, Soutis C. Modelling impact damage characteristics of composite laminates accounting for matrix cracking and splitting failure modes. The 4th Canadian conference on nonlinear solid mechanics (CanCNSM 2013), Montreal, July 2013.
  • 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.
  • Shi Y, Pinna C, Soutis C. Modelling the transverse matrix cracking and splitting of composite laminates using cohesive elements. Deformation and fracture of composites (DFC-12) & Structural integrity and multi-scale modelling (SI-6), Cambridge, April 2013.
  • Shi Y, Soutis C. Modelling low velocity impact damage in composite laminates. 10th international conference on durability of composite systems, Brussels, September 2012.


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