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Dr Payam Khazaeinejad

Lecturer in Solid Mechanics


Dr Payam Khazaeinejad is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Solid Mechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Kingston University. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a PhD in Engineering (OpenSees Group) in 2015. Subsequently, he joined the Advanced Computational Mechanics group at Brunel University London as a Research Fellow. He is the recipient of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) Travel Award from Stanford University, Edinburgh Award (Work Experience) and Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE) Funding from the University of Edinburgh. He is the Senior Editor of the Journal of Solid Mechanics.

His research interests lie within the broad area of Computational Solid and Structural Mechanics, with focus on the modelling and analysis of advanced materials and structures at different length scales. His current research is aimed at: (i) better understanding of the interactions between different load-carrying mechanisms which determine the overall behaviour of structures under different loading and support conditions and (ii) establishing complex relationships between internal structures of advanced materials and their thermal and mechanical properties using novel computational approaches.

Areas of specialism

  • Computational solid mechanics
  • Computational structural mechanics
  • Structural stability and dynamics
  • Buckling and vibration
  • Composite structures
  • Finite element and advanced numerical methods

Professional membership

Senior Member     American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Member     American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Member     National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)

Member     International Association of Engineers (IAENG)


Dr Khazaeinejad's research involves collaborative projects as well as individual research activities. His current research projects and activities include:

  • Modelling and simulation of pharmaceutical tablet compaction: The aim of this research is to use a modelling software package to evaluate and model the compaction behaviour and predict the evolution of local mechanical properties of pellets during compaction in orodispersible tablets' matrices.
  • Bio-inspired design rationalised by computational mechanics: This research is aimed at developing a computational framework for multi-scale modelling and simulation of bio-inspired engineering structures as part of a systematic approach to optimise form and function.
  • Shape optimisation using CAD/FEM integration in the context of additive manufacturing: This research is intended to explore the feasibility of using a relatively quick and computationally efficient visualisation approach coupled with an efficient shape optimisation technique to achieve a harmonious balance between form and function in structural design techniques.
  • Enriched finite elements for thermomechanical problems: This research is aimed at developing enriched finite elements capable of capturing fields of interest with reduced computational effort in thermomechanical problems.
  • Nonlinear analysis of shell structures under moderate or extreme thermomechanical actions: This research is to provide a range of novel and unprecedented fundamental solutions for beams, plates, and shells subject to moderate or extreme thermomechanical loads such as those resulting from a fire. 
  • Numerical modelling of heat transfer in floating solar panels: This research is devoted to development and implementation of an efficient and novel finite element formulation for convective and radiative heat transfer analysis of floating solar panels.

Research student supervision

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