John-Alan Pascoe

Research and career statement

I am fascinated by the phenomena of fatigue and fracture. Past research has been successful in developing design tools based on empirical correlations. I believe that in order to advance further, a deeper understanding is needed of the physical processes of fatigue crack growth. Such an understanding will allow us to create more accurate prediction models, with less experimental effort. It will also allow us to engineer structures that allow damage to be managed by inherent structural features, rather than just by inspection and maintenance.

I am passionate about doing research and about my research field, and enjoy sharing this passion with others through teaching and outreach.

Academic profiles

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PhD in Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft, Cum Laude 2012-2016 
Research topic: Fatigue crack growth in adhesive bonds (link to thesis)
Supervisors: R.C. Alderliesten, R. Benedictus
MSc in Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft, Cum Laude 2008-2012
Thesis topic: Delamination of Bonded Repairs. (In collaboration with Airbus)
Awarded best aerospace engineering thesis 2011-2012
BSc in Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft, Cum Laude 2005-2008

Work Experience

Research Associate at Imperial College London August 2017 – Present
Researcher working on improving damage tolerance and fracture toughness of carbon fibre composites. Creating engineered meso and micro structures to control damage initiation and growth.
Researcher at TU Delft Oct 2016 – July 2017
eModerator for an MSc level course on fatigue and damage tolerance and a professional education course on air safety investigation. Various teaching and research tasks.
PhD Researcher at TU Delft Oct 2012 – Oct 2016
Conducted independent research into fatigue cracking of adhesive bonds, based on own research proposal. Acted in a variety of teaching roles, including lecturer, and supervisor for group projects and individual research at BSc and MSc thesis level. Invited to teach at University of Bologna as guest lecturer. Presented work at several international conferences and meetings. Research largely self-funded by a personal grant.
Researcher at TU Delft May 2012 – Oct 2012
Worked on the development of a software toolbox for calculations on fibre metal laminates. Fixed major bugs, adapted methods to the implementation required by the customers and  translated customer requirements into instructions for the programmer.
Teaching Assistant at TU Delft Oct 2011-Dec 2011
Assisted during the 1st year materials practical, teaching  1st year students about the tensile test behaviour of several aerospace materials. Provided technical assistance for contracted research in the structures and materials laboratory
Internship at Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), Melbourne, Australia Jan 2011 – Apr 2011
Documented full scale fatigue tests performed on F/A-18 centre barrels as part of the FINAL program, producing 2 full reports and documenting all available data on 2 further tests, significantly reducing the documentation back-log. Performed quantitative fractography as part of the FINAL program.

Teaching Experience

  • eModerator for online MSc and professional education courses on fatigue and damage tolerance (1 run), and air safety investigation (3 runs, ongoing)
  • Guest lecturer on fatigue & damage tolerance at MSc level at University of Bologna (2x one week lecture series)
  • Supervising BSc and MSc final thesis research; 1 Bsc student, 2 MSc students
  • Writing assignment for, and coaching, TU Delft Design Synthesis Exercise project (3rd year final BSc project, 10 weeks full time, 10 person teams); 3 times coach, wrote assignment once.
  • Supervising PRE-students (Leiden University pre-university programme for talented senior school students); 3 teams of 2 students

Academic activities

  • Peer reviewer for: International Journal of Fatigue; Fracture and damage mechanics on materials (Apple Academic Press / Proceedings of FRACTURE 2014); Mechanics Review Communications; Composites Part A, Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, Journal of Composite Materials.
  • Member of organising committee: ESIS TC4 mini-symposium at ECF 21; FML Outlook 2017


NWO Mosaic Grant
Personal grant of €200,000 awarded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to talented young researchers in order to fund their personal PhD research proposal. 20 candidates were selected from a pool of approximately 200 applicants.

Honours and Awards

  • Best poster, TU Delft Aerospace Engineering PhD Poster Day 2013
    Award for the best poster at the annual poster day for PhD students of aerospace engineering at TU Delft
  • Study prize Bataafsch Genootschap der Proefondervindelijke Wijsbegeerte 2013
    Biannual award for the two best MSc theses from the TU Delft in the preceding two years.
  • NVvL & KIVI NIRIA Study prize 2012
    Awarded by the Netherlands Association of Aeronautical Engineers for the MSc project that contributed most to the development of aerospace knowledge in the Netherlands in the academic year 2011-2012
  • TU Delft, Best Graduate Aerospace Engineering 2011-2012
    Awarded for the best MSc thesis project at the TU Delft Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.
  • Bronze Medal 2005 International Chemistry Olympiad (Taiwan)
    3rd Place Dutch National Chemistry Olympiad 2005
    The International Chemistry Olympiad is a competition for high school students from over 60 countries, testing theoretical knowledge as well as skill at performing experiments.

Volunteering Experience

Treasurer of the Stichting tot Behoud van de BU130
(Foundation for the preservation of the BU130)
Jan 2008 – Sep 2011           
Responsible for the budget and all financial administration for the maintenance of a 140 year old wooden fishing vessel.
Treasurer of D.S.V. (Delft Student Society) ‘Nieuwe Delft’ Sep 2008 – Sep 2009
Personally responsible for the budget and all financial matters. Jointly responsible for day-to-day management of the society.

Short courses

  • Failure Analysis & Fractography of Composites (Imperial College London)
  • The Art of Presenting Science (Artesc/TU Delft)
  • Modelling Fracture & Failure with Abaqus (Simulia)
  • Designing a successful online course (TU Delft)
  • Course for Design Synthesis Exercise tutors & coaches [group project supervision] (TU Delft)

Research methodologies

Fracture mechanics, Fatigue crack growth testing, Fractography, Digital image correlation

Software packages

Abaqus, Latex, Maple, Matlab, MS Office.


English (Native); Dutch (Native); German (Passive: good; active: moderate); French (Basic)

Hobbies & Interests

Aviation, History, Photography, Reading, Scale model building, Science, Sailing, Swimming.