Academic staff

Dr Haofeng Chen
Director of SILA

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.

Dr Daniele Barbera
Research Assistant

Daniele Barbera is a Research Assistant  in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Strathclyde.  He recently passed his Ph.D viva at the University of Strathclyde and is waiting for the graduation.  He holds a MEng in Aerospace Engineering (2013) and a BSc in Material Science (2010)  from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and "Tor Vergata" respectively. His main area of research is high-temperature structural integrity, focusing on material and structure numerical modelling.  During this Ph.D and the present research, he investigated the effects of high-temperature creep and fatigue on the crack initiation process in metallic structures. He also has other areas of interest such as advanced material such as metal matrix composite and space deployable structures.