Dr Rizwan Saeed Choudhry

Dr Rizwan Saeed Choudhry

Position: Senior Lecturer in Materials/Mechanical Engineering

College: College of Engineering and Technology

Department: Mechanical Engineering and the Built Environment

Subject area: Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Research Centre: Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering

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I am a Senior Lecturer in Materials/Mechanical Engineering and joined Derby in Nov 2017. I have over 8 years of post-PhD research and teaching experience. This includes over 2 years as Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor, 5 years as Assistant Professor and around 3 years as Post-Doctoral research associate; around one year each at the University of Bath, University of Cambridge and University of Manchester. I have a specialization in solid mechanics and FEA with specific interest in progressive damage modelling and testing of composites at various length scales. My PhD and MSc is from the University of Manchester, UK and BE (mech) from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Pakistan. I have a Professional Engineer (Mechanical) status from Pakistan Engineering Council which is similar in level to CEng qualification of UK. I also have Institute of Materials (IOM), UK, ProfGradIMMM status. Highlights of my career include:

  • 39+ research publications and winning of over 10million (PKR) in research funding
  • Taught solid mechanics, mechanics of composites, finite element method and finite element analysis related courses at both undergraduate and MSc/PhD levels
  • Supervised 27+ student thesis and design projects
  • Lead our mechanical department for ABET styled outcome based education (OBE) system implementation (Washington Accord) and engineering council accreditation of its BEng program
  • Lead teams in terms of executing funded projects and for organizing international conferences
  • Carried out knowledge exchange and CPD activities and lead an international collaborative research network

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' and 'Materials and Maufacturing Processes'. 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 

  • Curriculum development
  • Knowledge Exchange Activities including organizing conferences, workshops and trainings such as 
    • Progressive damage analysis of composites using ABAQUS™ – 4th -5th March 2015 
    • as Lead organizer and speaker for a two day CPD training course for engineers
    • Finite Element Analysis of Composites – 7th Nov 2014
      as Lead organizer and speaker for a half day CPD seminar on FEA of products and structures made from composite materials
    • Guest Speaker for four hour session titled; ‘Composites Manufacturing & Manufacturing Process Selection Strategy (the Ashby approach)’ in the CPD activity, ‘1st International Workshop on Cost Effective Composites Manufacturing’ held at Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, - 26th Feb – 5th Mar 2014
    • Lead organizer for a hands-on training workshop on composites manufacturing using vacuum assisted resin infusion – 02 June 2012
    • ‘Designed for Composites’ – 24th – 25th March 2011
      as Lead organizer and speaker for a two-day professional training workshop on design of products made from composite materials
  • Organized Pakistan first ever Composite Show on Wednesday 5th Dec, 2012 at Islamabad Hotel, G-6 Islamabad. The event featured two parallel activities:
    a. A symposium & a policy dialogue session where around 150 very senior academics, industrialists and government functionaries exchanged views to evolve a strategy for turning around the composites industry of Pakistan.
    b. An industrial exhibition which featured over 20 companies and attracted over 500 visitors
  • Supervised several research projects in collaboration with industry

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:

  1. FE based analysis of woven composites including,
    1. Cohesive zone modelling, micromechanical modelling and continuum damage modelling.
    2. Writing my own material models using Fortran subroutines for AbaqusTM.
    3. Image based modelling of composites.
  2. Analytical micro-mechanical modelling of composites and programming the analytical models using programming languages such as Matlab and VB.Net.
  3. Composites testing
    1. Mechanical and material property testing including fracture toughness testing.
    2. Non-destructive testing using X-ray micro CT, ultrasonic C-scan and other techniques.
  4. Developing research networks (industry and academia), writing grant proposals and carrying out knowledge exchange activities.

Membership of professional bodies

Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC): Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) (Since 2002)

Institute of Materials (IOM), UK - ProfGradIMMM ( Since 2009) 


PhD     Mechanical Engineering

(Composite materials - Impact damage characterization and modelling),

The University of Manchester, UK, 2009

MS (Course work and Research)    Advanced Manufacturing & Systems Mgmt.,

The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK, 2004

– with distinction in dissertation (thesis)

MS (course work only)    Mechanical

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan 2003

BE       Mechanical Engineering 
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan 2002

Recent publications

  1. 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  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.csefa.2017.10.001https://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S2213290216300335
  2. 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 (published online August 2016) https://doi.org/10.1520/JTE20160191. ISSN 0090-3973
  3. 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 (Impact factor 0.978)
  4. 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. DOI: 10.1177/0021998316649782, first published online May 25, 2016 
  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. 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), CompositeStructures 94 (2012), pp.1781-1792 (DOI:10.1016/j.compstruct.2011.12.026).
  8. 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 (In- Press, accepted – Sep 2015, Ms. Ref. No.: NJES-D-15-129.R2) – Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, recognized journal.
  9. Asim Shahzad and R. 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 http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1119223652.html. March 2017
  10. Book Editor (Conference Proceeding): R. S. Choudhry, Eram Asghar, Syed S Farooq, Syed Waheed ul Haq, Proceedings of Pakistan Composites Show, 5th Dec 2012, Islamabad Hotel, Islamabad, ISBN: 978-969-8535-13-1
  11. Article in book (Conference Proceeding): R. S. Choudhry, "Composites Industry in Pakistan - The way forward", in Proceedings of Pakistan Composites Show, 5th Dec 2012, Islamabad Hotel, Islamabad, ISBN: 978-969-8535-13-1
  12. Book Editor (Conference Proceeding): R. S. Choudhry, Syed Waheed ul Haq, Proceeding of International Conference on Energy Systems Engineering ICESE-2010, ISBN 978-969-8535-07-0, Publisher National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan.

Recent conferences

  1. 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.
  2. 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.   
  3. 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 (http://www.ist.edu.pk/icase)
  4. 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 (http://www.dpi-proceedings.com/index.php/ASC30/article/view/1383)
  5. 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_ ( https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jsmemm/2014/0/2014__OS1407-1_/_article )
  6. 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.
  7. 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: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84915749401&partnerID=40&md5=9b5f565feb1802205f5f23afcf5bab53 )
  8. 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: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-79952383211&partnerID=40&md5=2ac9f49a8d2c3f9a407fe439c0f6c542 )
  9. 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: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-80052076110&partnerID=40&md5=1ff7b7de0d4d7c9ca127ea5bd299ff00 )
  10. 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: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-80052049453&partnerID=40&md5=918dfdcb9c9b7de67aca7d20243a3305 )
  11. 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
  12. 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 – 17th April 2009, Kroto Research Institute, Sheffield, UK
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. R. S. Choudhry, R. Day, S. Li, Impact Damage in Bonded Joints of Woven Composites, NWCC Annual Conference, 26th January 2009, Manchester, UK.

Additional interests and activities

  • Islamic art and music
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Swimming
  • Watching Cricket
  • Reading

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 (i.e. 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: http://iaup.org/component/content/article/45-frontpage/121-international-faculty-achievement-award )

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