John Morton

John Morton

Stipendiary Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Engineering Science

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I give tutorials in Structures and Mechanics (P3) to First Year Students; and Structures, Materials and Dynamics (A3) to Second Year Students in Univ. I also tutor part of the Engineering in Society (B2) course in the Third Year of the Engineering Science course.

In the Department of Engineering Science, I supervise a Third Year Group Design Project.


My research has been mainly in the field of the mechanics of composite materials and structures.  Particular areas of interest include the study of the development of damage in composites as a result of impact; the development of robust test methods for the determination of design data essential for the incorporation of composites in aerospace applications; and the significance of size and scale effects on damage and strength.

Having also spent a significant part of my career in business, I also have an interest in entrepreneurship and business strategy.

Selected Publications

“Scaling of impact loaded carbon-fiber composites” AIAA Journal 26 (8)989-994 1988

(with W. J. Cantwell) “The impact resistance of composite materials: a review” Composites 22 (5) 343-362 1991

(with M. Y. Tsai) “The stresses in a thermally loaded biomaterial interface” Int. J. Solids and Structures 28 (8) 1053-1075 1991

(with S. Kellas) “Strength scaling in fiber composites” AIAA Journal, 30 (4) 1992

(with H. Ho, M. Y. Tsai and G. L. Farley) “An evaluation of the Iosipescu specimen for composite material shear property measurement” J. Composite Materials 26 (5) 208-230 1992

(with W. J. Cantwell) “Significance of damage and defects and their detection in composite materials: a review” J. Strain Analysis 27 (1) 29-42 1992

(with M. Y. Tsai) “Three-dimensional deformations in a single-lap joint” J. Strain Analysis 29 (2) 137-145 1994

(with M. Y. Tsai and D. W. Oplinger) “ Improved theoretical solutions for adhesive lap joints” Int. J. Solids and Structures 35 (12) 1165-1185 1998

(with J. A. Lavoie and C. Soutis) “Apparent strength scaling in continuous fiber composite laminates” Composites Science & Technology 60 (2) 283-299 2000

(with M. Y. Tsai) “An investigation into the stresses in double-lap adhesive joints with laminated composite adherends”  Int. J. Solids and Structures 47 (24) 3317-3325 2010

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