Dr Payam Khazaeinejad


I am a Senior Lecturer in Solid Mechanics at the School of Engineering of Kingston University London. Additionally, I hold the positions of Director of Postgraduate Research and Course Leader for the Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering programmes.

I obtained my PhD in Engineering from the University of Edinburgh. I am a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of Advance HE (formerly known as the UK Higher Education Academy). Additionally, I am a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a Member of the Institute of Physics (IOP), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and EPSRC Peer Review College.

My primary research focus and specialisation are centered on solid mechanics and advanced computational methodologies, with a special focus on harnessing insights from biological paradigms to innovate in materials and system design. These models not only mirror nature's brilliance but also introduce unique properties spanning various scales, from micro to macro, optimising adaptability and performance. Through advanced algorithms and simulations, I delve deeper into material behaviour, transcending the boundaries of conventional experiments to reveal hidden structures within them. Beyond the scope of materials science, I have a profound interest in dissecting failure mechanisms. My studies center on the resilience of infrastructural elements and their components under multi-hazard or extreme thermomechanical actions. From understanding the nuances of pharmaceutical tablets to the intricacies of subsea pipelines, my research aims to harness the potential of computational modelling, driving forward-thinking breakthroughs across multiple scientific domains.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Solid Mechanics


  • 2021: Certificate in Innovation in Teaching (Laspau - Affiliated with Harvard University)
  • 2019: Kingston Academic Practice Standards Framework (KAPS) Certificate
  • 2016: PhD in Engineering, The University of Edinburgh
  • 2006: MSc Mechanical Engineering (Applied Mechanics)
  • 2004: BSc Mechanical Engineering (Solid Mechanics)

Teaching and learning

Qualifications and expertise

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE)
  • Becas Santander Skills: Innovation in Teaching - Laspau (Affiliated with Harvard University)
  • Kingston Academic Practice Standards Framework (KAPS) Certificate - Kingston University
  • Edinburgh Award (Work Experience) - The University of Edinburgh
  • Computer-Aided Engineering
  • Engineering mechanics and materials

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


I am currently involved in several projects that aim to leverage computational tools and biological paradigms to develop innovative solutions for a range of engineering challenges. These include:

  • Evaluation of fatigue resistance of bio-inspired piezoelectric scaffolds: This research project is focused on the fatigue life prediction of bio-inspired piezoelectric scaffolds. By carrying out a coupled fluid-structure interaction analysis, we are investigating the effect of loading and electrical charges on the scaffold's performance. 
  • Finite element simulation of mineralisation mechanism in bone-inspired piezoelectric scaffolds: This research project involves using advanced computational tools to design and evaluate piezoelectric tissue scaffolds that mimic the mineralisation process in bone. By developing scaffolds that can adapt to environmental variations to achieve optimal functionality, we aim to improve tissue engineering outcomes.
  • Shape optimisation using CAD/FEM integration in the context of additive manufacturing: In this project, we are exploring the feasibility of using a computationally efficient visualisation approach coupled with an efficient shape optimisation technique. By achieving a harmonious balance between form and function in engineering designs, we aim to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of additive manufacturing processes.
  • Finite element modelling and simulation of subsea flexible risers: This research project is focused on developing finite element models to study the structural integrity of subsea flexible risers. By investigating the behaviour of these risers under different loading conditions, we aim to improve their reliability and durability in offshore applications.
  • Net zero carbon design for climate change mitigation and resilience: This project explores the integration of smart materials and bio-inspired systems to help mitigate climate change and build resilience. By leveraging advances in materials science and engineering, we aim to develop sustainable solutions that can help address the challenges of climate change.

Qualifications and expertise

  • UK EPSRC Summer School on Meshless Methods in Mechanics, Cardiff University (UK)
  • Open System for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (OpenSees), The University of Edinburgh (UK)
  • Fire Dynamics & Fire Safety Engineering Design CPD, BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering (UK)
  • Fire Science and Fire Investigation CPD, BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering (UK)
  • Computer-Aided Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics and Materials

Areas of specialism

  • Computational modelling and simulation
  • Smart materials, structures and systems
  • Bio-inspired design and biomaterials
  • Architected materials and structures
  • Failure mechanisms of structural systems and components

Scholarly affiliations

  • Member, EPSRC Peer Review College
  • Chartered Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Senior Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Member, Institute of Physics (IOP)
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Research student supervision


Number of items: 31.


Akbari, Sadaf and Khazaeinejad, Payam (2023) Geometrical and mechanical analysis of Polylactic Acid and Polyvinylidine Fluoride scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. Engineering with Computers, ISSN (print) 0177-0667 (In Press)

Papathanasiou, T K, Markolefas, S, Khazaeinejad, P and Bahai, H (2017) An efficient structural finite element for inextensible flexible risers. IOP Conference Series : Materials Science and Engineering, 276(1), 012023. ISSN (print) 1757-8981

Gheisari, M., Nezamabadi, A. and Khazaeinejad, P. (2017) On buckling of cylindrical shells under combined loading. Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 11(2), pp. 9-18. ISSN (print) 1985-3157

Khazaeinejad, P. and Usmani, A. S. (2016) On thermo-mechanical nonlinear behaviour of shallow shells. International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, 82, pp. 114-123. ISSN (print) 0020-7462

Khazaeinejad, P. and Usmani, A. S. (2016) Temperature-dependent nonlinear analysis of shallow shells : a theoretical approach. Composite Structures, 141, pp. 1-13. ISSN (print) 0263-8223

Khazaeinejad, P., Usmani, A. S. and Laghrouche, O. (2015) Temperature-dependent nonlinear behaviour of thin rectangular plates exposed to through-depth thermal gradients. Composite Structures, 132, pp. 652-664. ISSN (print) 0263-8223

Khazaeinejad, P., Usmani, A.S. and Laghrouche, O. (2014) An analytical study of the nonlinear thermo-mechanical behaviour of thin isotropic rectangular plates. Computers & Structures, 141, pp. 1-8. ISSN (print) 0045-7949

Khazaeinejad, P, Usmani, AS and Laghrouche, O (2012) Nonlinear stress analysis of plates under thermomechanical loads. Journal of Physics : Conference Series, 382, 012022. ISSN (print) 1742-6588

Najafizadeh, M. M., Mohammadi, J. and Khazaeinejad, P. (2012) Vibration characteristics of functionally graded plates with non-ideal boundary conditions. Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, 19(7), pp. 543-550. ISSN (print) 1537-6494

Khazaeinejad, P., Najafizadeh, M. M., Jenabi, J. and Isvandzibaei, M. R. (2010) On the buckling of functionally graded cylindrical shells under combined external pressure and axial compression. Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology, 132(6), 064501. ISSN (print) 0094-9930

Najafizadeh, M M, Mahdavian, M and Khazaeinejad, P (2010) Superposition buckling analysis of rectangular plates composed of functionally graded materials subjected to non-uniform distributed in-plane loading. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 224(11), pp. 2299-2307. ISSN (print) 0954-4062

Khazaeinejad, P and Najafizadeh, M M (2010) Mechanical buckling of cylindrical shells with varying material properties. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 224(8), pp. 1551-1557. ISSN (print) 0954-4062

Khorramabadi, M. Karami and Khazaeinejad, P. (2009) On stability of stiffened cylindrical shells with varying material properties. International Journal of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, 3(8), pp. 898-903. ISSN (online) 1307-6892

Najafizadeh, M.M., Hasani, A. and Khazaeinejad, P. (2009) Mechanical stability of functionally graded stiffened cylindrical shells. Applied Mathematical Modelling, 33(2), pp. 1151-1157. ISSN (print) 0307-904X

Conference or Workshop Item

Akbari, Sadaf, Suarez Bolivar, Vanessa and Khazaeinejad, Payam (2022) A finite element study of geometrical design of bone tissue scaffolds. In: The 2022 Annual Conference of the UK Association for Computational Mechanics; 20-22 Apr 2022, Nottingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jenabi, J., Khazaeinejad, P. and Nezamabadi, A. (2020) Size-dependent nonlinear analysis of composite laminated micro skew plates reinforced with functionally graded graphene sheets. In: UK Association for Computational Mechanics (UKACM) Conference 2020; 2020, Loughborough, U.K..

Papathanasiou, Theodosios, Khazaeinejad, Payam and Bahai, Hamid (2017) Finite element analysis of heat transfer in thin multilayered plates. In: UK Heat Transfer Conference (UKHTC2017); 04 - 05 Sep 2017, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Papathanasiou, T K, Markolefas, S, Khazaeinejad, P and Bahai, H (2017) An efficient structural finite element for inextensible flexible risers. In: First Conference of Computational Methods in Offshore Technology; 30 Nov - 01 Dec 2017, Stavanger, Norway.

Khazaeinejad, Payam and Usmani, Asif S. (2016) Visualisation of internal structures in thin composite plates and shells. In: 2nd International Conference on Mechanics of Composites (MECHCOMP2); 11-14 Jul 2016, Porto, Portugal.

Khazaeinejad, P., Dai, X. and Usmani, A. (2015) Analysis of heated beams : modelling benchmarks. In: The First International Conference on Structural Safety under Fire and Blast (CONFAB) 2015; 02-04 Sep 2015, Glasgow, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Khazaeinejad, Payam and Usmani, Asif (2015) Anatomy of the "compressive ring" in plates under fire. In: ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference; 16 - 19 Jun 2015, Stanford, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Khazaeinejad, Payam and Usmani, Asif S. (2014) Analytical solutions for nonlinear response of plates under thermal loading. In: 8th International Conference on Structures in Fire (SiF'14); 11 - 13 Jun 2014, Shanghai, China.

Khazaeinejad, Payam (2014) Demystifying the compressive ring in slabs under fire. In: 16th Young Researchers' Conference; 05 Mar 2014, London, U.K..

Khazaeinejad, Payam, Usmani, Asif S. and Laghrouche, Omar (2013) Transient thermoelastic analysis of plates by hybrid-Trefftz method. In: ICOVP-2013 : 11th International Conference on Vibration Problems; 09 - 12 Sep 2013, Lisbon, Portugal. (Unpublished)

Khazaeinejad, Payam (2013) Thermo-mechanical analysis of shells using a hybrid-Trefftz formulation. In: 15th Young Researchers' Conference; 14 Mar 2013, London, U.K..

Jiang, Jian, Khazaeinejad, Payam and Usmani, Asif (2012) Nonlinear analysis of shell structures in fire using OpenSees. In: ACME2012 : 20th UK Conference of the Association for Computational Mechanics in Engineering; 27 - 28 Mar 2012, Manchester, U.K..

Khazaeinejad, P., Najafizadeh, M.M., Wang, X.H. and Tanbakuei Kashani, M. (2010) FEM buckling analysis of functionally graded toroidal shells. In: The Second Asian Conference on Mechanics of Functional Materials and Structures (ACMFMS 2010); 22 - 25 Oct 2010, Nanjing, China. (Unpublished)

Jenabi, J. and Khazaeinejad, P. (2010) The effect of combined loading on buckling loads of functionally graded cylindrical shells surrounded by an elastic medium. In: 2nd International Conference Topical Problems of Continuum Mechanics (TPCM2010); 04 - 08 Oct 2010, Dilijan, Armenia. (Unpublished)

Isvandzibaei, M. R., Najafizadeh, M. M. and Khazaeinejad, P. (2009) Influence of symmetrical boundary conditions on free vibration of functionally graded cylindrical shells with ring support. In: ASME 2009 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference; 26 - 30 Jul 2009, Prague, Czech Republic.

Khorramabadi, Mehdi Karami, Najafizadeh, Mohammad Mehdi, Shahraki, Jamshid Alibabaei and Khazaeinejad, Payam (2008) Effect of shear theories on free vibration of functionally graded plates. In: World Congress on Science, Engineering and Technology; 17 - 19 Dec 2008, Bankok, Thailand.

Narimani, Ramin, Khorramabadi, Mehdi Karami and Khazaeinejad, Payam (2007) Mechanical buckling of functionally graded cylindrical shells based on the first order shear deformation theory. In: ASME 2007 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference; 22 - 26 Jul 2007, San Antonio, Texas, U.S..

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Industry links

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • Member - EPSRC Peer Review College
  • Book Reviewer - Perason Global Editions
  • Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Liaison Officer - Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • IMechE MPDS Scheme Owner - Kingston University
  • Member - Institute of Physics (IOP)
  • Chartered Member - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Member - American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Senior Member - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Leadership and management

University responsibilities

  • SEE School Director of Postgraduate Research
  • Course Leader for Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Programmes
  • Member of ECE Faculty Research Degrees Committee

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