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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.


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Tsinghua University

Master of Engineering, Tsinghua University

Bachelor of Engineering, Tsinghua University

Bachelor of Economics, Tsinghua University

External positions

Visiting Professor, East China University of Science and Technology

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Projects 2009 2021

Research Output 1996 2020

5 Citations (Scopus)
5 Downloads (Pure)

A comparative study on the cyclic plasticity and fatigue failure behavior of different subzones in CrNiMoV steel welded joint

Guo, S-J., Wang, R-Z., Chen, H. & Xuan, F-Z., 31 Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Mechanical Science. 150, p. 66-78 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
welded joints
plastic properties


Crack growth modelling from stress concentrations under cyclic loading histories

Author: Beesley, R., 1 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Chen, H. (Supervisor) & Hamilton, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

On the evaluation of high temperature creep-fatigue responses of structures

Author: Barbera, D., 1 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Chen, H. (Supervisor) & Boyle, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


ASME Fellow

Haofeng Chen (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Election to learned society

Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology

Haofeng Chen (Recipient), 2011

Prize: National/international honour

Activities 2008 2015