Dr Nihong Yang

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  • Qualifications:BENG, MSc, PhD, FRAeS
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering
  • Department:FET - Engineering, Design and Mathematics
  • Telephone:+4411732 81100
  • Email:Nihong2.Yang@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Dr Nihong Yang joined UWE in January 2020. He obtained his PhD from The University of Birmingham in 1998, and then worked as a research fellow for The University of Southampton for about two years in fatigue crack growth of metal matrix composites. In 2001, he joined Airbus UK to work in aircraft structural design and analysis. During about 10 years working for Airbus, he had taken part in development of various aircraft programmes from the early A340 to the latest A350, and been a sub work package leader of research programmes TANGO, CASCADE and MDOW. In 2010, he moved to China to work for Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Company as the Vice Director and a Senior Expert of the Composite Centre, in charge of manufacturing technology development of composite wing structures. He came back to UK in 2014 to work for QuEST Global Engineering as the Head of Fatigue and Damage Tolerance of the Aerostructure Centre. From 2018 to 2019, he was a consultant working for Assystem. 

Area of expertise

Dr Yang is experienced in aircraft structural design, analysis and test. He is familiar with aircraft structures, structure design requirements and process, structure analysis methods and test. He is an expert in aircraft composite structures and has personally designed, assessed and manufactured various monolithic and sandwich composite structures.  The areas of his expertise include:


  • Fatigue and damage tolerance of metallic and composite structures (fatigue spectrum, fatigue life, fatigue crack propagation, impact damage, inspection programme, and F&DT test) 
  • Composite structure design rules and considerations (layups, stacking sequences, fatigue sensitive features, environmental and aging effects, and composite design philosophy)
  • Composite structure instability assessment (local and global buckling, initial and post buckling, super-stringer and multi-bay panel buckling, coupling effects of in-plane and out-of-plane loads, and instability test)
  • Composite structure manufacturing (composite material qualification, pre-preg hand layup and ATL, RTM, and tooling)
  • Numerical simulation of composite behaviours (design optimisation, damage initiation and development, composite component distortion in processing)
  • Particular risk assessment of aircraft structures (risk specification, assessment methods and process)


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