Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Dr Andrew Watson BEng, PhD, FHEA

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Lecturer in Aerospace Structures

Industrial Placements Tutor


  • Post-doctoral researcher, Cardiff University, 1998-2003 on two consecutive EPSRC funded research projects
  • Lecturer of Aerospace Structures, Department of Aernautical and Automotive Engineering, Loughborough University, 2004 - present


  • BEng
  • Ph.D., Cardiff University - Buckling analysis and optimisation of prismatic thin-walled structures, 1998

Outline of main research interests

Lightweight Structures:

  • Postbuckling behaviour of aerospace panels
  • Mode jumping in aerospace panels
  • Buckling and vibration behaviour of shear sensitive beams
  • Buckling of composite panels


  • Transcendental eigenvalue problems
  • Spectral theory of self-adjoint operator acting on graphs

Research group

Current teaching responsibilities

  • TTA104 Elasticity
  • TTB204 Mechanics of Solids
  • TTB208 Structural Design Project

Current administrative responsibilities

  • Module Leader for Structural Design Project
  • Departmental industrial placements tutor (DIS Tutor)
  • Representative of Academic Staff on University Student Discipline Committee

Yuan, R., Fletcher, T., Ahmedov, A., Kalantzis, N., Pezouvanis, A., Dutta, N., Watson, A., Ebrahimi, K. (2020) Modelling and Co-simulation of hybrid vehicles: A thermal management perspective. Applied Thermal Engineering, 180.

Howson, W.P., Watson, A. (2018) On the provenance of hinged-hinged frequencies in Timoshenko beam theory. Computers and Structures, 197.

Howson, W.P., Watson, A. (2017) Exact eigensolution of a class of multi-level elastically connected members. Engineering Structures, 143.

Chikahiro, Y., Ario, I., Nakazawa, M., Ono, S., Holnicki-Szulc, J., Pawlowski, P., Graczykowski, C., Watson, A. (2016) Experimental and numerical study of full-scale scissor type bridge. Automation in Construction, 71(2).

Fenner, P., Watson, A., Featherston, C. (2016) Modelling Infinite Length Panels Using the Finite Element Method. International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, 16(7).

Wang, S., Harvey, C.M., Wang, B., Watson, A. (2015) Post-local buckling-driven delamination in bilayer composite beams. Composite Structures, 133.

Harvey, C.M., Wood, J.D., Wang, S., Watson, A. (2014) A novel method for the partition of mixed-mode fractures in 2D elastic laminated unidirectional composite beams. Composite Structures, 116(1).

View publications in our central publications database

External Activities

External Funding:

  • EPSRC CASE award ‘Stability of aircraft structures’ supported by Airbus UK.

Invited Seminars:

  • “Exact solutions for Sturm-Liouville problem on a tree” presented at Mathematical Physics Seminars, Loughborough University 2006
  • “Numerical Analysis of Quantum Graphs” presented at Bath Centre for Non-Linear Mechanics, Bath University, 2008
  • Tohuku University, Japan, 2009
  • Hiroshima University, Japan, 2009
  • ERASMUS funded visit to Brno Technical University, April 2011

Professional affiliations:

  • Member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy

International Conferences:

  • Member of the organising committee for the 4th International Conference on Thin Walled Structures held at Loughborough University June 2004

Journal Refereeing:

  • Thin-walled structures
  • International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics
  • Computer Modelling in Engineering & Sciences
  • Journal of Sound and Vibration
  • International Journal Structural Stability and Dynamics
  • Journal of Aerospace Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering