Dr Alastair Johnson
Dr Alastair Johnson
Dr Alastair Johnson studied Mathematics at Manchester University followed by a PhD in Applied Mechanics at the University of East Anglia. He carried out research at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK on the mechanics of plastics, rubbers and composite materials, where from 1980-1990 he was Head of the NPL Composites Properties and Design Group. He moved to Germany and from 1990 until his retirement in 2010 worked at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Structures and Design, Stuttgart, with responsibility for design analysis of composite materials and aerospace structures within the Structural Integrity Department. He is now a consultant in the field of damage tolerance and safety of composite aircraft structures.
Research interests are the FE modelling of composites damage and failure properties, composite materials and structural testing, properties and design of sandwich structures, the impact and crash behaviour of composite aircraft structures, damage tolerance certification and aircraft occupant crash safety studies. Extensive experience of damage prediction in composite aircraft structures under severe loads has been obtained through involvement with aircraft industry and research partners in German national and international projects.
This included Coordination and Project Leadership of two EU Aeronautics research projects: HICAS (High Velocity Impact in Composite Aircraft Structures) and CELPACT (Cellular Structures for Impact Performance). He is an elected international member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, since 2000 an Associate Editor of the journal Applied Composite Materials and since 2006 a member of the FAA Composite Materials Handbook CMH-17 Crashworthiness Working Group. He has published widely on a range of subjects concerned with modelling and design of advanced materials and structures. This includes 2 books, 9 book chapters in edited proceedings and about 140 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings.