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About Dr Yu Shi

Yu Shi graduated from Dalian University of Technology, China in 2007 with a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering. He then obtained the full studentship from Korean Government and graduated with MEng in 2009 from Changwon National University, South Korea. He was awarded Faculty PhD studentship from University of Sheffield, UK in 2010 and complete the whole PhD work in 2 years 10 months, finally awarded by PhD degree in 2014. Yu Shi regularly publishes in the high quality international journals and attends the reputational global conferences for composite research and failure mechanics. One of his paper on modelling impact induced damages in composite structures that was published in 2012 has been cited by 90 journal papers, which gives a significant contribution on this area. 

Since 2013 Yu Shi was research associate in the University of Sheffield to design the novel approach of structural health monitoring of string manufacturing in flat composite panels by Automated Tape placement (ATP) robot with development of finite element analysis to simulate the lamb wave propagation in copmosite lamination process. After that, he joined in the Energy Harvesting Group of University of Exeter in 2014 as Associate Research Fellow for research of developing the novel technique to integrate the energy harvesting elements onto composite made wing of unmanned air vehicles (UAV) from external vibration generated during flight to power the wireless system for structural health and environmental monitoring. He is also looking at the development of numerical (Finite element) modelling for dynamic structural analysis of composite wing and the electricity transmission. In 2015, he completed the project tasks in Exeter in a year and started to work for Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), University of Strathclyde as modelling Engineer. He joined University of Chester in 11/2015 as lecturer in Mechanical Engineering


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


Dr Yu Shi is specialised in composite structures and computational damage prediction of composite materials. He is interested in developing the mechanical properties of composite structures that involve the hybrid fibre laminates as well as light weight sandwich structures for novel manufacturing and machining (drilling, laser cutting etc).

He is also interested in developing the finite element simulation techniques to predict the complicated damage mechanisms in composite structures, such as the interaction of intra- and inter-laminar damages in composite laminates, as well as the crack form and propagation when subjected to the external dynamic loading. The structural health monitoring and repair in composite structures is another research interests by combining the energy harvesting techniques mounted onto aircraft composite components. 

Published Work


Shi Y, Soutis C. Modelling low velocity impact induced damage in composite laminates. Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Modern Processes 2017.

Liu Q, Xu X, Ma J, Shi Y, Hui D. Lateral crushing and bending response of CFRP square tube filled with aluminium honeycomb. Composite part B 2017; 118: 104-15.

Shi Y, Hallett S, Zhu M. Energy harvesting behaviour for aircraft composites structures using macro-fibre composite: Part I-Integration and experiment. Composite Structures 2017; 160: 1279-86.

Shi Y, Soutis C. Modelling transverse matrix cracking and splitting of cross-ply composite laminates under four point bending. Theoretical and applied fracture mechanics 2015.

Shi Y, Pinna C, Soutis C. Modelling impact damage in composite laminates: A simulation of intra- and inter-laminar cracking. Composite Structures 2014; 114:10-9.

Shi Y, Pinna C, Soutis C. Interface Cohesive Elements to Model Matrix Crack Evolution in Composite Laminates. Applied Composite Materials 2013.

Shi Y, Swait T, Soutis C. Modelling damage evolution in composite laminates subjected to low velocity impact. Composite Structures 2012; 94: 2902-13.

Shi Y. Soutis C. A finite element analysis of impact damage in composite laminates. Aeronautical Journal 2012; 116(1186): 1331-47.

External Funding

Dr Yu Shi has collaborated closely with industries of wind energy, ocean energy, automotive and aircraft.

He has successfully secured the Innovate UK funding as principal investigator (PI) for “Self-sensing wind turbine composite blades for structural health monitoring (SMART BLADE)” for Jiangsu-UK industrial challenge programme with total budget of £500k.

He is also working on the smart composite applied for automotive with external funding application.


BEng(Hons), MEng(Hons), PhD