Staff profile

Dr Rizwan Saeed Choudhry

Senior Lecturer in Materials/Mechanical Engineering

Rizwan Choudhry in the Fatigue Lab


Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


College of Engineering and Technology


Mechanical Engineering and the Built Environment

Research centre

Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE)


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am a passionate academic with around 10 years of post-PhD research and teaching experience in the area of materials, solid mechanics and failure analysis. My specialization is in composite materials with specific interest in progressive damage modelling and testing of composites at various length scales. Key research experience includes FE based continuum damage modelling, cohesive zone modelling, NDT of composites using X-ray CT, ultrasonic C-Scan and mechanical property testing of 2D and 3D woven composites.

I have over 45 research publications and have won as Project Lead (PI) funded projects worth over 10 million. I have experience of teaching a wide range of modules related to materials, solid mechanics, stress and failure analysis, finite element methods and mechanics of composites at all levels in HEIs.

I have supervised over 40 student thesis and design projects. Lead mechanical department for engineering council accreditation of its BEng program. Lead teams in terms of executing funded projects and for organizing international conferences and carried out knowledge exchange and CPD activities.

My PhD and MSc is from the University of Manchester, UK.

Teaching responsibilities

I have taught a range of subjects in materials/mechanical engineerining over the years. My current teaching repsonsibilities includes teaching 'Advanced Engineering Materials and Applications', 'Materials and Maufacturing Processes', Failure Analysis and Forensic Engineering.

In the past I have taught courses including 'Finite Element Analysis of Composites', 'Mechanics of Composites', 'Finite Element Method', 'Mechanics of Materials I' (solid mechanics 1), 'Mechanics of Materials II' (solid mechanics II' and 'Design of Machine Elements'.

I have also been involved in teaching quality enhahncement activities and have re-defined mechanical engineering programmes at NUST and CUST to bring them in line for the washington accord accredation.

Professional interests

I have been involved with various professional academic activities such as 

Research interests

I have a rich and diverse research profile. In the start of my career my research focused on FE modelling and testing of woven composite’s lap joints subjected to impact loading. Later, I expanded my research portfolio in both depth and breadth. Thus, currently my research and research supervisions fall under following five thematic areas.

  1. Progressive damage modelling in composites and composite joints using FE based as well as analytical methods
  2. Micro-mechanics of composites and multiscale modelling (both FE and analytical modelling)
  3. Software development for composites research, teaching and analysis
  4. Development of Composite testing standards, methods and equipment.
  5. Composites manufacturing and product design

Because of my research experience, I boast the following key research skills:

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

R. S. Choudhry, S.Z.H. Shah, A novel approach for modelling of ROS and ROS-hybrid composites, ICCM 22, 22nd International Conference on Composite Materials, 11 – 16 August 2019, in Melbourne, Australia

R. S. Choudhry, Effect of voids on mechanical properties of woven composites, 13th International Conference on Textile Composites, Texcomp-13, 17-19 September 2018, in Milan, Italy 

R. S. Choudhry, L.E. Culliford, , R. Butler, A.T. Rhead, Finite element prediction of tensile and buckling response of discretely stiffened composite panels, Simulia UK RUM 2017 Conference, 18-19th Oct 2017, Park Royal, Cheshire, UK

L.E. Culliford, R. S. Choudhry, R. Butler, A.T. Rhead, Discrete Stiffness Tailoring for improved Buckling Performance, ICCM 21, 21st International Conference on Composite Materials, 20 – 25 August 2017, in Xi’an China

X. Lei, K. Hayat, M.T. Hussain, H.T. Ali, R.S. Choudhry A numerical study on the impact resistance of braided composites, Fourth International Conference of Aerospace Science and Engineering (ICASE2015), September 2 – 4, 2015, Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad, Pakistan (

Determination of Key Mechanical Properties for Simulating Delamination Damage in Impacted Bonded Joints of Composites, R S Choudhry, S Li, R Day, S F Hassan, Proceedings of American Society of Composites-30th Technical Conference September 28-30, 2015, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA (

K. Miura, M. Kashiwagi, K. Esaki, R.S. Choudhry, J.L.Y Tan, V.S. Deshpande. N. Fleck, OS1407 Fracture Behavior of CFRP Structure from Stress-raising Defects under Combined Loading, The Proceedings of the Materials and Mechanics Conference , The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, July 2014, DOI: 10.1299/jsmemm.2014._OS1407-1_ ( )

Tanveer Ahmed, R.S. Choudhry, Himayat Ullah, Fahad Hassan, Numerical modelling of carbon fibre reinforced polymer composites for hole size effect, APCoMS-3, 3rd ASEAN-Pakistan Conference on Materials Science, 25-27 November 2014, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan

J L.Tan, N A.Fleck, V. Deshpande, R.S. Choudhry, K. Esaki et al., Investigating the damage mechanisms and their effects on the notch sensitivities of cross-ply CFRP laminates under uniaxial loading Proceedings 16th European Conference on Composite Materials, 22-26 June 2014, Seville, Spain (Scopus link:

MPF Stutcliffe, C Monroy Aceves, WJ Stronge, R. S. Choudhry, AE Scott, L Lobo, Low-speed impact damage in hybrid 2D-braided composite plates, TexComp 2010, International Conference on Textile Composites (10th Ed), 26-28 October 2010, Lille Grand Palais, France (Scopus link:

R. S. Choudhry, R. Day, S. Li, Characterization of impact induced damage modes in composites using X-ray microtomography, ICCM 17, 17th International Conference on Composite Materials, 27-31 Jul 2009, Edinburgh, UK (Scopus link:

P. Potluri, T Sharif, D Jetavat, A Aktas, R Choudhry, P Hogg, Bench marking of 3D performing strategies, ICCM 17, 17th International Conference on Composite Materials, 27-31 Jul 2009, Edinburgh, UK (Scopus link:

R. S. Choudhry, P. Hogg, X Ray Tomography – A Powerful NDT Technique for Assessing Structural Parts, 9th Annual Conference: Innovation in Composites, 29th – 30th April 2009, Manchester Conference Centre, UK

R. S. Choudhry, R. Day, S. Li, Modelling failure and damage growth in lap joints of woven GFRP composites – A comparison of failure modes, DFC-10, 10th Deformation and Fracture of Composites Conference, 15th – 17thApril 2009, Kroto Research Institute, Sheffield, UK

R. S. Choudhry, R. Day, S. Li, Impact induced damage in Quickstep cured lap joints of woven fibre reinforced composites, ICMAC 2009, International Conference for Manufacturing of Advanced Composites, 18-19 March 2009, Belfast Waterfront, UK

R. S. Choudhry, R. Day, S. Li, Failure Analysis of Composites and Lap Joints of Composites, PGR-MACE 09, Postgraduate Research Conference, The University of Manchester, 11th June 2009, pp 8-9

R. S. Choudhry, R. Day, S. Li, Impact Damage in Bonded Joints of Woven Composites, NWCC Annual Conference, 26th January 2009, Manchester, UK

Experience in industry

Effective research collaboration and partnership with industry underpins success for academics. My experience of collaborative research and industrial engagement is at various levels. For example, my Post-Doctoral experience at all three Universities where I carried out research (The University of Bath, The University of Cambridge and The University of Manchester) was on projects that were heavily sponsored through the industries. For example the Cambridge project was funded by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Japan and the Manchester project was funded by Ministry of Defence (MOD), UK, respectively. The project at Bath was an EPSRC project however it also involved GKN and Airbus as industrial partners. As part of the project at Cambridge I was involved in direct discussions and reporting to MHI on project deliverables while the work in Manchester required me to report my findings to MOD and Nanoforce. In addition, during the period of Post Doc in Manchester I also performed contract work on behalf of NCCEF, University of Manchester for industry clients such as Brook House for X-ray CT work. 

Several of my undergrad and postgrad projects have been completed with active partnership and help from local industries. As for example the three MSc projects related to developing testing standards of composites required active collaboration with our colleagues at NESCOM for completion. Another MSc thesis titled ‘Enhancement of mechanical properties of woven glass epoxy composites using aligned multiwall carbon nanotubes’ supervised by me, was based on the requirements posed by our industrial partner in a public sector aerospace manufacturing setup (AWC, NESCOM). In this project we worked on a novel method of using magnetic field for alignment of carbon nanotubes during vacuum assisted resin infusion. Another example of collaborative project supervision includes supervision of two projects funded by heavy industries Taxila, for development of high speed impact testing facility for body armour materials. In a similar manner my supervised BE project titled, ‘Indigenous development of pre-preg manufacturing machine for Uni-directional composites’ is a result of my interaction with the hockey stick manufacturers association of Pakistan and in Particular with Grays of Cambridge, who are the largest exporters of hockey sticks from Pakistan and extensively use in-house produced pre-preg for the production of their hockey sticks. While reading the above examples, it must be kept in mind that all these projects have been completed with industry support in a third world country (developing country) where the culture of academic / industry collaboration is very less developed.

International experience

International Faculty Achievement Award (IAUP - NUST) 2014

Winner International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), International Faculty Achievement Award of NUST for year 2014 (details:

Additional interests and activities

Recent publications

Z.H Shah, R.S. Choudhry, S. Mahadzir ,  A new approach for strength and stiffness prediction of discontinuous fibre-reinforced composites (DFC), Composites Part B: Engineering, (In progress - revisons submitted) November 2019 (ISI indexed)

Culliford, R. S. Choudhry, R. Butler, A.T. Rhead, Buckling and Strength Analysis of panels with Discrete Stiffness Tailoring, Composite Structures, Available Online November 2019 (ISI indexed)

R. S. Choudhry, R. Butler, A.T. Rhead, Mark Nielsen, A Plate Model for Strength Prediction of Delaminated Composites, Composite Structures, vol. 210, (2019), Pages 509-517 (ISI indexed)

R. S. Choudhry, Tahir Sharif, Kamran A. Khan, Sohaib Z Khan, Abid Hassan, Muhammad A Khan, Predicting the effect of voids on mechanical properties of woven composites, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 406, (2018), pp: 012007, DOI: 10.1088/1757-899X/406/1/012007 , ISSN 1757-899X. (ISI indexed)

T Sharif, P Potluri, R. S. Choudhry, A Dodworth, Forming low-cost, high quality carbon tows for automotive application, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 406, (2018), pp: 012021, DOI: 10.1088/1757-899X/406/1/012021, ISSN 1757-899X (ISI indexed)

Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Ali Khan, Sohaib Zia Khan, R. S. Choudhry, Kamran A. Khan, “Identification of an effective non-destructive technique for bond defect determination in laminate composites - a technical review”, Journal of Composite Materials, Sage, Article first published online: March 29, 2018 (ISI indexed)

T. Ahmed, R. S. Choudhry, Atta Ur Rehman, Hasan Saeed, “A study on pre-damaged stress concentration factor for a composite laminate member with central circular”, Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology, Vol(32) Issue 8, 2018 pp. 3653–8, Springer. doi:10.1007/s12206-018-0717-4 (ISI indexed)

A. M. Khan, K. Mahmood, W. H. Syed, R. S Choudhry, S. M. Khan “ Root cause failure analysis of a tracked vehicle balance arm”, Case Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis, Vol. 9 (2017) pp. 112–117 (DOI (ISI indexed)

Shah, S. Z., Choudhry, R. S., and Khan, L. A., "Challenges in Compression Testing of 3D Angle-Interlocked Woven-Glass Fabric-Reinforced Polymeric Composites," Journal of Testing and Evaluation, Volume 45, Issue 5, September 2017 . ISSN 0090-3973, (ISI indexed)

Zahid Faraz , Syed Waheed ul Haq , Liaqat Ali , Khalid Mahmood , Wasim Akram Tarar, Aamer Ahmed Baqai, Mushtaq Khan, Syed Husain Imran and R. S. Choudhry, Development of a STEP-compliant design and manufacturing framework for discrete sheet-metal bend parts, Proc IMechE Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, pp. 1-15, August 9, 2016 DOI: 10.1177/0954405416661007 (ISI indexed)

R. S. Choudhry, Kamran A. Khan, Sohaib Zia Khan, Muhammad Ali Khan, Abid Hassan, Micromechanical Modeling of 8-Harness Satin Weave Glass Fiber Reinforced Composites, Journal of Composite Materials, Sage Publishers, 2016, DOI: 10.1177/0021998316649782, (ISI indexed)

R.S. Choudhry, Hassan SF, Li S, Day R, Damage in single lap joints of woven fabric reinforced polymeric composites subjected to transverse impact loading, International Journal of Impact Engineering, Vol. 80 (Feb 2015) pp. 76-93, (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2015.02.003) (ISI indexed)

S. Z. H. Shah, R. S. Choudhry, L. A. Khan, Investigation of compressive properties of 3D fiber reinforced polymeric (FRP) composites through combined end and shear loading, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Research, Vol. 7(4), pp. 34-48, August 2015. doi: 10.5897/JMER2015.0354, ISSN 2141–2383 (Publisher: Academic Journals)

T. Ahmed, R. S. Choudhry, Himayat Ullah, Fahad Hassan, Numerical Modelling of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites for Hole Size Effect, NUST Journal of Engineering Sciences, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2015, pp. 1-9 , ISSN: 2070-9900, – Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, recognized journal

Sutcliffe, M.P.F., C. Monroy Aceves, W.J. Stronge, R.S. Choudhry, and A.E. Scott, Moderate speed impact damage to 2D-braided glass-carbon composites. (Composite Structures ISSN: 0263-8223), Composite Structures 94 (2012), pp.1781-1792 (DOI:10.1016/j.compstruct.2011.12.026). (ISI indexed)

Asim Shahzad and S. Choudhry, Design and Manufacturing of Natural Fiber/ Synthetic Fiber Reinforced Polymer Hybrid Composites (chapter 16), in Volume 2 edited book " Handbook of Composites from Renewable Materials, Volume 2, Design and Manufacturing " ISBN: 978-1-119-22365-8 Wiley-Scrivener March 2017