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Professor Stephen Hallett

Professor Stephen Hallett

Professor Stephen Hallett
B.Sc.(Cape Town), D.Phil.(Oxon.)

Professor in Composite Structures

Area of research

Composite failure mechanisms and numerical modelling

Office 0.58
Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS),
University of Bristol, Queen's Building BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 33 15313


Dr Hallett is a member of the Advance Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS). His principal research interests are:


  • Composite failure mechansims
  • Cohesive zone formulations for finite element analysis
  • 3D Reinforced Composites
  • Impact damage and high rate effects
  • Fatigue of Composites


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Stephen Hallett is Professor in Composite Structures, and has an international reputation for his work on the development of novel modelling techniques for the behaviour of composite materials, based on a sound understanding of the material physics. He obtained a BSc in mechanical engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1993. After this he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to complete his D.Phil at the University of Oxford where he studied impact damage in composite materials on a Rolls-Royce supported project.

At the University of Bristol he leads activity on composites simulation, in particular the £1.1M EPSRC Platform Grant, SIMulation of new manufacturing PROcesses for Composite Structures (SIMPROCS) for which he is PI (EP/P027350/1). He is Director of the Composites University Technology Centre (UTC), supported by Rolls-Royce. He is an Associate Editor of Advanced Composite Letters and on the editorial board of Journal of Materials and Design. His leading work on modelling of composite failure led to a recent plenary lecture at the 6thInternational Conference on Computational Modelling of Fracture and Failure of Materials and Structures. He has published > 125 papers in international peer reviewed journals. 


  • composite materials finite element analysis

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