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Expertise & Capabilities

  • Finite element analysis
  • High temperature component
  • Structural design and integrity assessment
  • Composite material/component
  • Weldment and crack assessment
  • Structural integrity assessment with FEA
  • Numerical analysis of high temperature component
  • Shakedown, ratchetting, LCF, creep rupture, creep fatigue interaction
  • Numerical analysis of composite material/component
  • Weldment and crack FEA
  • Linear Matching Method

Academic / Professional qualifications

  • BSc, BEcon, MEng, PhD
  • ASME Member
  • Fellow of The Institution of Mechanical Engineer
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Personal Statement

Professor Haofeng Chen is an ASME Fellow, IMechE Fellow, Visiting Professor to both the East China University of Science and Technology and Fuzhou University China, a Reader in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He has also been appointed or awarded as the Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow, Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology(2011-2017), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Chartered Engineer. He earned two Bachelor degrees in engineering mechanics and economic management from Tsinghua University in 1994, and his MEng and PhD in solid mechanics from Tsinghua University in 1995 and 1998, respectively. He was then a research fellow in the School of Mechanical and Production Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, and subsequently a research fellow in the Department of Engineering at the University of Leicester from 1998 to 2006. From 2006 to 2008, he was a chartered senior engineer at ALSTOM Power Technology Centre (Rugby, UK), working in the Mechanical Integrity Group of the Technology and Design Department. Since joining Strathclyde University in 2008, he has established and leads the Structural Design and Life Assessment Research group.

He has built a major and sustainable research portfolio in structural integrity engineering, particularly in the field of fracture mechanics, shakedown, ratchetting, high temperature creep and fatigue analysis. As a pioneering developer of the Linear Matching Method (LMM), which can be applied to the entire sequence of procedures required for high-integrity structural life assessment, he has successfully transferred the LMM from research into the engineering industry where it is being used to improve and optimize structural life assessment procedures.

He holds up to two million pounds in research funding as the principal investigator from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Leverhulme Trust,  EPSRC Nuclear EngD Centre, and industrial partners including EDF Energy, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens UK. 

Research Interests

Current research interests centre on the development of novel numerical methods on structural integrity and life assessment of mechanical structures subjected to cyclic thermal and mechanical loads. These include mathematical and numerical modelling for a wide range of cyclic material responses and failure mechanisms including shakedown, ratchetting, fatigue and high temperature creep, and also the development of the Linear Matching Methods for structural integrity assessment.

Other research interests concentrate on the application of the novel numerical method to various practical problems including creep fatigue modelling of Metal Matrix Composites, creep fatigue assessment of weldments, and Crack Growth Modelling under Thermo-Mechanical Loading Conditions.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Tsinghua University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998

Master of Engineering, Tsinghua University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995

Bachelor of Engineering, Tsinghua University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994

Bachelor of Economics, Tsinghua University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994

External positions

Visiting Professor, East China University of Science and Technology

10 Sept 2014 → …


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