Dr Mehrdad Asadi

Senior Lecturer

Course Leader, MSc Mechanical Engineering

Course Leader, FdSc Engineering (RAF)

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Chelmsford

Mehrdad is a professional industrial research and development program coordinator with achievements in innovation, product design and industrial academia collaborations.



With over ten years of industrial career background involving managing industrial projects and meeting milestones to achieve positive results Mehrad joined Anglia Ruskin in 2012.

He began his career as a structural engineer in Iran and moved to become the FEA Engineer and Project Coordinator for Cellbound in 2005. He became a structural analyst for Force India Formula 1 team in 2011.

He is a specialist in metal/carbon composite mechanics, applied Finite Element techniques in crashworthiness, pedestrian and passenger safety, nuclear energy dissipation systems and roadside safety equipment.

Research interests

  • Applied dynamics and finite element implementation in crash analysis
  • High performance energy absorbers
  • Metal composites failure mechanisms
  • Connection failure models in carbon fibres under high frequency loading
  • Fatigue analysis in carbon fibre skins, Formula 1 applications
  • Optimum rubber material modelling under high frequency loading mechanisms
  • Experiment design for material characteristic identification in simulations

Areas of research supervision

  • Car crash test barrier modelling and verification
  • TMA design and validation
  • Nuclear application design
  • Motorcyclist safety



  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mechanical Engineering, Anglia Ruskin University, 2010
  • MSc. in Structural Engineering, Iranian University of Science and Technology,2001
  • BSc. In Civil Engineering, Tabriz University – Iran, 1998

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • SBRI Motorcyclist safety, phase I, 2015
  • KEEP project in Reuse sector, 2013

Selected recent publications

Asadi, M, Walker, B, Shirvani, H, Shell or Solid Elements? Terminology to Choose the Modelling Technique for Offset Deformable Barrier, iCrash Conference, 2014, Malaysia

Asadi, M, Walker, B, Mebrahtu, H, Ashmead, M. "Finite Element Modeling of Aluminium Honeycomb with Variable Crush Strength and Its Application in AE-MDB Model", 9th European LS-DYNA conference, Manchester, 2013

Asadi, M, Abdennader, S. "The New Terminology to Develop and Evaluate IIHS Barrier Model Using Shell Elements", HTC Conference, Bonn, 2011

Asadi, M, Walker, B, "Application of Shell Elements to Create Advanced Finite Element Model for Offset Deformable Barrier", Int. J. Vehicle Structures & Systems, 3(2), 139-143, April 22, 2011

Media experience

Featured in The Engineer magazine after innovation of a Pedestrian Friendly Bonnet in 2011.