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Post Nominals PhD, CEng, MIMechE, FHEA, MIMMM
Biography Dr. Wan is a Lecturer in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hull. He is also a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He holds a professional membership at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Dr. Wan obtained his PhD degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2020 on computational modelling of fibre-reinforced composite materials. Then he took up a short-term postdoc position in the same group working on the prototype of green manufacturing of carbon fibre-reinforced composites for 3D printing. Since 2021, he has worked as a research fellow at the Queen's University Belfast with local industrial collaborators from the aerospace (Collins Aerospace and Spirit Aerosystems, Belfast) and maritime (Artemis Technologies Ltd) industries, addressing the challenges in the application of AI in the composite structural design. From 2023, he moved to the world-leading Bristol Composites Institute (BCI) as a research associate and worked as a core team member at the unique Rolls-Royce Composites University Technology Centre (UTC). He has been working on the multiscale modelling and digital twinning of engineering structures for sustainable energy. He then moved to a visiting position at the University of Bristol and joined the University of Hull in 2024.
Research Interests Developing advanced engineering materials and structures (i.e. Carbon/Glass Fibre-Reinforced Composites) relies on a profound understanding of underground physics of their behaviours following elasticity-plasticity-damage-failure. At different length scales, from micro-, to meso- until macro- scales, they perform differently. Manufacturing induced defects, multiPhysics, multiDamages interact intricately, serving as the gateway to final material/structure failures. My ambition is to uncover these multiscale complexities, extending scientific insights into the application of digital tools in the reconstruction of materials/structures.
My research focuses on understanding the life-cycle behaviour of complex, hierarchically structured FRP composite materials via computational methods and set up a digital twin for them to monitor/predict the behaviours. This requires the combination of digital tools (i.e. computational modelling and structure health monitoring techniques) at different time and length scales. I have been working on developing multiscale and multiphysics computational methods to advance the understanding of the microstructure-property-performance relationship of FRP composite materials, so as to provide best performance of structures with the optimal engineering materials via a well-informed digital twin.
My research interests lie in the topics:
Computational modelling and composite materials
Multiscale and MultiPhysics modelling
Finite element and discrete element methods
Digital twin
3D printing
Teaching and Learning Module Leader:
601065 Stress Analysis and Applications of Finite Element Analysis
Teaching:
500667 Stress Analysis and Dynamics of Mechanical Systems
500668 NHS Medical Engineering in Practice & Stress Analysis
PhD Supervision Availability Yes
PhD Topics Dr. Wan welcomes PhD applications in
Computational modelling and composite materials
Multiscale and MultiPhysics modelling
Finite element and discrete element methods
Digital twin
3D printing