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Dr PJ Tan
Room 505A
Department of Mechanical Engineering, UCL
Torrington Place
  • Associate Professor
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL Principal Supervisor

Dr. Tan received his PhD in Applied Mechanics from UMIST/The University of Manchester. He joined UCL in September 2007 and heads the High Strain Rate Laboratory where he leads an active research group working in various aspects of materials modelling and dynamic structural mechanics.

Research Summary

Dr Tan's research deals with the structural and functional (performance) characterisation of engineering materials and structures across a broad range of scales. He is particularly interested in understanding how light-weight materials (foams, micro-architectured lattices, composites, etc.) and structures (sandwich panels, bonded structures etc.) respond to unconventional loadings and how they may be designed, or used in combination, to withstand more arduous operating conditions; including dynamic loading, thermal and mechanical stresses, enhanced resistance to spall and shock without structural degradation. A major driver of his research work concerns the application of engineering solutions to improving the physical resilience of built systems to extreme load cases arising from malevolent actions, accidents or natural hazards. In addition, he also undertakes collaborative research with medical and life science colleagues to address biomedical-related problems.

His research is pursued using a combination of techniques - by exploiting computational, experimental and theoretical methods - and often in a collaborative arrangement. The majority of his research work is impact-driven; they can range from blue skies research, leaning towards fundamental modelling and computational work, through to translational research involving practical implementation issues and/or the production of design guidelines for practicing engineers. 

For more information on his research, visit | Google Scholar |

Teaching Summary

Dr. Tan is currently teaching the following modules:

(1) * Engineering Dynamics - Level: 1st year BEng/MEng (2015 - )

and, previously, on:

(2) *Advanced Computer Applications in Engineering (Finite Element Method) - Level: 4th year MEng and Master of Science (2007 - 2015)

(3) Fracture and Fatigue - Level: 4th Year MEng and Master of Science (2007 - 2010)
(4) Applied Electricity and Instrumentation - Level: 2nd year BEng/Meng (2007 - 2012)

(5) Engineering Mechanics (Dynamics) - Level: 1st year BEng/MEng (2010 - 2014)

* Module Coordinator

Academic Background
2006   Doctor of Philosophy University of Manchester
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