Prof. Wesley Cantwell

Prof. Wesley Cantwell

dr. wesley cantwell

Director, Aerospace Research and Innovation Center (ARIC); Associate Dean for Research; Department of Aerospace Engineering

Address: P.O.Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 (0)2 401 8181
Fax: +971 (02) 447 2442


 Wesley Cantwell joined KUSTAR as the Director of the Aerospace Research and Innovation Center (ARIC) in October 2012. He gained his PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College in 1985 following his research work on the impact response of composite materials. After leaving London, he joined the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL) where he worked as a research scientist in the Polymers Laboratory within the Department of Materials. After nine years at the EPFL, he joined the School of Engineering at the University of Liverpool as a Lecturer in 1994. He was promoted to a Full Professor of Aerospace Engineering in 2002. During his career, Wesley has enjoyed sabbaticals at Virginia Tech and Kyushu University, Japan. He has served as External Examiner for Aerospace Engineering courses at Sheffield University and Imperial College. He is on the Editorial Board of a number of journals including Composites Science and Technology and the International Journal of Impact Engineering.

Wesley’s research interests are centered on composite materials and lightweight aerospace structures. He has published over 200 journal papers on topics that include the impact response of composites, structure-property relations in polymers, smart structures, selective laser melting, 3D printing and composites manufacturing. Within ARIC Wesley is working on out of autoclave manufacturing of composites, porosity and lightweight aerospace structures. 

  • Ph.D., Aeronautical Engineering, Imperial College (UK), 1985
  • M.Sc., Aeronautical Engineering, Imperial College (UK), 1982
  • B.Sc., Aeronautical Engineering, University of Southampton (UK), 1981
  • Materials
  • Aerospace Structures
  • Composites
  • Impact
  • Lightweight Structures

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  • H.Z. Jishi, R. Umer and W.J. Cantwell (2016), The fabrication and mechanical properties of novel composite lattice structures, Materials and Design, 91, 286-293. DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2015.11.112 
  • J. Zhou, Z.W. Guan and W.J. Cantwell (2015), The influence of strain-rate on the perforation resistance of fiber metal laminates, Composite Structures, 125, 247-255. DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2015.02.034

  • E. Sitnikova, Z.W. Guan, W.J. Cantwell and G.K. Schleyer (2014), Modelling of perforation failure in fibre metal laminates subjected to high impulsive blast loading, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 51, 3135-3146. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2014.05.010 

  • M.R. Rejab and W.J. Cantwell (2013), The mechanical behaviour of corrugated-core sandwich panels, Composites – Part B. Engineering, 47, 267-277. DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2012.10.031

  • M. Smith, Z. Guan and W.J. Cantwell (2013), Finite Element Modeling of the Compressive Response of Lattice Structures Manufactured Using the Selective Laser Melting Technique, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 67, 28-41. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2012.12.004

  • F.J. Yang, M. Z. Hassan, N. Jones and W. J. Cantwell (2013), Scaling Effects in the Low Velocity Impact Response of Sandwich Structures, Composite Structures, 99, 97-104. DOI:10.1016/j.compstruct.2012.11.011

  • T. Vo, Z. Guan, W.J. Cantwell and G.K. Schleyer (2012), Low-impulse blast behavior of fibre metal laminates, Composite Structures, 94, 954-965. DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2011.10.027

  • M.Z. Hassan and W.J. Cantwell (2012), The Influence of Core Properties on the Perforation Resistance of Sandwich Structures - An Experimental Study, Composites Part B – Engineering, 43, 3231-3238. DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2012.03.012

  • J. Zhou, M.Z. Hassan, Z. Guan and W.J. Cantwell (2012), The low velocity impact response of foam-based sandwich structures, Composites Science and Technology, 72, 1781-1790. DOI: 10.1016/S1359-8368(02)00009-4

  • F.J. Yang and W.J. Cantwell (2010), Impact damage initiation in composite materials, Composites Science and Technology, 70, 336-342. DOI: 10.1016/j.compscitech.2009.11.004

  • M. R. Abdullah and W. J. Cantwell (2006), The Impact Resistance of Polypropylene-based Fibre-metal Laminates, Composites Science and Technology 66, 1682-1693. DOI: 10.1016/j.compscitech.2005.11.008