1991 …2020

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Research interests

Prof. Wisnom is Director of Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS). His interests are mainly concerned with failure of composites and the application of finite element analysis to understand and predict the behaviour of materials and structures under load:

Failure mechanisms in composites

Fibre direction and transverse tension, compression, shear, delamination, bending. Test methods. Notched strength. Size effects. Fatigue. Modelling of failure mechanisms. Micromechanics. High performance ductile composites.

Finite element analysis

Modelling techniques. Non-linear analysis. Progressive damage modelling. Buckling. Strain energy release rate analysis. Residual stresses and distortions

Predicting behaviour

Failure criteria. Use of fracture mechanics. Statistical methods. Fatigue crack propagation. Influence of defects. Simulating manufacturing processes.

Postgraduate research student supervisor in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT)

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  • ACCIS Core Team

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Research Output

A comparative study on glass and carbon fibre reinforced laminated composites in scaled quasi-static indentation tests

Fotouhi, M., Damghani, M., Choong Leong, M., Fotouhi, S., Jalalvand, M. & Wisnom, M. R., 1 Aug 2020, In : Composite Structures. 245, 14 p., 112327.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Open Access
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  • Bearing failure of pseudo-ductile thin ply angle-ply laminates

    Wu, X., Fotouhi, M., Fuller, J. D. & Wisnom, M. R., 1 Jan 2020, ECCM 2018 - 18th European Conference on Composite Materials. Applied Mechanics Laboratory, (ECCM 2018 - 18th European Conference on Composite Materials).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

  • Datasets


    Jalalvand, M. (Creator), Wisnom, M. R. (Creator), Fuller, J. (Creator), Czel, G. (Creator) & McAlpine, H. (Data Manager), University of Bristol, 11 Aug 2016


    Interaction of inter- and intralaminar damage in scaled quasistatic indentation tests: X-ray CT-scan Images

    Sun, X. C. (Creator), Hallett, S. R. (Creator), Abisset, E. (Contributor), Daghia, F. (Contributor), Mahadik, Y. (Contributor) & Wisnom, M. R. (Contributor), University of Bristol, 30 Sep 2015



    Faculty of Engineering Pump Priming Fund

    Xu, Xiaodong (Recipient), Wisnom, Michael R (Recipient) & Shin-ichi Takeda (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    Wisnom, Michael R (Recipient), 1 Sep 2005

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Holliday Prize

    Wisnom, Michael R (Recipient), 1 Jun 2012

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    International Conference on Composite Materials

    Michael R Wisnom (Keynote/plenary speaker)

    29 Jul 20132 Aug 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    ENS Cachan, France

    Michael R Wisnom (Visitor)

    1 Apr 2011

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Beihang University, China

    Michael R Wisnom (Visitor)

    1 Aug 2011

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution