Peter Beaumont

Dr Peter Beaumont

BSc BSurrey MA DPhil DSc

Peter Beaumont was professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research links the principles of materials science and micro-mechanics in the study and application of engineering composite materials behaviour and prediction of component performance in service.  

Peter Beaumont

Peter's most recent academic distinctions and awards include: Distinguished Research Award presented by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Distinguished Teaching Award presented by University of California (UCLA) for Dedication to the Teaching of Engineering in Industry and Commerce, and the award of Doctor of Science of the University of Sussex, England.  

Professor Beaumont consults for many industrial and government organizations around the world. In addition, he has presented 100 international short course programs on the science and technology of composite materials for industry and universities in the USA, UK, India, China, Australia, Mexico, and EU countries.

His research on the fracture and fatigue of engineering materials including advanced structural composite materials, duplex polymeric systems and engineering ceramics has resulted in over 200 scientific publications in scientific journals and international conference proceedings, encyclopaedia, research treatise, engineering design books and material design guides. He is the author of the text book Failure Analysis of Composites and co-editor and contributor to several books on composite materials. He is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Applied Composite Materials and is on editorial boards of journals in the field.

Internationally, Professor Beaumont has collaborated in research at Tohoku University, Japan, supported by The Daiwa Foundation, Royal Academy of Engineering, and The Royal Society of London. He is also a visiting scientist at the US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs supported by the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development (EOARD). On several occasions, The Royal Society of London and NATO have supported his work during extended visits to the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at Harvard and Princeton Universities, and MIT in the United States.  

Research interests

  • Mechanical Behaviour of Polymers, Ceramics & Composites
  • Micromechanisms of Deformation & Fracture
  • Damage and Fracture Mechanics of Structural Composites
  • Fatigue, Stress Corrosion Cracking, Lifetime Prediction
  • Failure Analysis of Engineering Materials
  • Multiscale modelling of Problems in Fracture