Dr Haofeng Chen


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Personal statement

Dr Haofeng Chen is a Reader in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, and a Visiting Professor of the East China University of Science and Technology. 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, Fellow of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, ASME Member 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 more than one 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, Leverhulme Trust,  EPSRC Nuclear EngD Centre, and industrial partners including EDF Energy, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens UK. 


Has expertise in:

    • 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

Prizes and awards

IMechE Fellow
Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Award of International Travel Grant

more prizes and awards


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


Influence of stress level on uniaxial ratcheting effect and ratcheting strain rate in austenitic stainless steel Z2CND18.12N
Chen Xiaohui, Chen Xu, Chen Haofeng
Steel and Composite Structures Vol 27, pp. 89-94 (2018)
Study of ratchet limit and cyclic response of welded pipe
Puliyaneth Manu, Barbera Daniele, Chen Haofeng, Xuan Fuzhen
International Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping (2018)
Shakedown analysis of elastic-plastic structures considering the effect of temperature on yield strength : theory, method and applications
Peng Heng, Liu Yinghua, Chen Haofeng
European Journal of Mechanics - A/Solids Vol 73, pp. 318-330 (2018)
Shakedown analysis of engineering structures under multiple variable mechanical and thermal loads using the stress compensation method
Peng Heng, Liu Yinghua, Chen Haofeng, Shen Jun
International Journal of Mechanical Sciences Vol 140, pp. 361-375 (2018)
Shakedown boundaries of multilayered thermal barrier systems considering interface imperfections
Zheng Xiaotao, Chen Haofeng, Ma Zhiyuan
International Journal of Mechanical Science (2018)
Ratcheting effect of reinforced graphite sheet with stainless steel insert (RGSWSSI) under cyclic compression at elevated temperature
Zheng XT, Dai WC, Chen HF, Shen J
Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures (2018)

more publications

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.


Professional activities

Tsinghua University
Visiting researcher
Two invited lectures on the development and application of Linear Matching Method, and on the simulation of Metal Matrix Composites
East China University of Science and Technology
Visiting researcher
Invited talk on “Novel Direct Methods in Life Assessment and Structural Design”
Invited lecture on "Novel Direct Methods in Life Assessment and Structural Design"

more professional activities


Novel Direct Methods on the High Temperature Creep Fatigue Assessment (Newton Funds)
Chen, Haofeng (Principal Investigator)
15-Jan-2015 - 14-Jan-2018
Modelling the Fatigue and Creep of Metal Matrix Composite
Chen, Haofeng (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 31-Jan-2015
Development of the Linear Matching Method and associated interface to Abaqus in modelling creep
Chen, Haofeng (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 30-Jan-2017
Increasing Certainty of Diagnosis and Prognosis of Plant Health in the Nuclear Industry / RS8361
Chen, Haofeng (Principal Investigator)
22-Jan-2012 - 30-Jan-2017
Crack Growth Modelling from Stress Concentrations under Thermo-Mechanical Loading Conditions
Chen, Haofeng (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2012 - 31-Jan-2017
Impact Acceleration Account - University Of Strathclyde 2012 / R120526-225
Chen, Haofeng (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2012 - 31-Jan-2017

more projects


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