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Dr Paul Harper

Dr Paul Harper

Dr Paul Harper
MEng, PhD, MSc


Area of research

Design and Analysis of Composite Structures, Renewable Energy Systems

Office 2.13
Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS),
University of Bristol, Queen's Building BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 95 45159


After completing a PhD on fatigue of composite materials in early 2009, I developed this research through collaborative projects related to the design and failure analysis of tidal energy turbine blades. I also completed an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology in 2011, which gave me a wider interest in renewable energy and I am currently a co-leader of the Cabot Institute's Low Carbon Energy Research Theme.


After undertaking a Year in Industry with Rolls-Royce between school and university in 1999, working on gas turbine performance, I completed an Aeronautical Engineering MEng at Bristol between 2000 and 2004. I have remained part of the Department of Aerospace Engineering ever since, initially undertaking my PhD, then extending this work as a Research Assistant, before being appointed as a Lecturer in Engineering Design in July 2011. I am currently a Programme Director for the Engineering Design course. 

Since 2008, I have worked closely with Low Carbon South West, formerly the Bristol Environmental Technology & Services Sector (BETS), focusing mainly on developing improved links between the University and environmental technology companies. I have also been involved with the development of the University's Cabot Institute, a multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to tackling the challenges of uncertain environmental change, and I am a co-leader of the Low Carbon Energy Research Theme.


  • Composite Materials/Structures
  • Failure Mechanisms
  • Fatigue and Fracture
  • Renewable Energy
  • Systems Engineering

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