Dr Payam Khazaeinejad


Dr Payam Khazaeinejad is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Solid Mechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Kingston University London. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a PhD in Engineering (OpenSees Group) in 2015. Following his PhD, 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.

Dr Khazaeinejad's research interests lie within the broad area of Computational Solid and Structural Mechanics, with focus on the computational modelling and simulation of advanced materials and structures. 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.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Solid Mechanics


  • PhD in Engineering
  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering

Teaching and learning

Qualifications and expertise

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Kingston Academic Practice Standards Framework (KAPS) Certificate
  • Edinburgh Award (Work Experience)

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


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

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 computationally efficient visualisation approach coupled with an efficient shape optimisation technique to achieve a harmonious balance between form and function in engineering designs.

Modelling and simulation of pharmaceutical tablet compaction: The aim of this research is to evaluate and model the compaction behaviour and predict the evolution of local mechanical properties of pellets during compaction in orodispersible tablets' matrices.

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.

Qualifications and expertise

  • 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)
  • Open System for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (OpenSees), The University of Edinburgh (UK)
  • UK EPSRC Summer School on Meshless Methods in Mechanics, Cardiff University (UK)

Areas of specialism

  • Computational modelling and simulation
  • Structural integrity and failure
  • Structural stability and dynamics
  • Architected materials and structures
  • Advanced numerical modelling and finite element analysis

Scholarly affiliations

  • Senior Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Member, EPSRC Associate Peer Review College

Research student supervision


Number of items: 16.


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

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

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, 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)

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Leadership and management

University responsibilities

  • Postgraduate Research Coordinator - Roehampton Vale Campus
  • Member of SEC Faculty Research Degrees Committee
  • Extra Curricular Events and Activities Tutor - Department of Mechanical Engineering

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