Dr Mark Battley

PhD (MechEng), BE(Hons)


Following his BE (Hons) and PhD at the University of Auckland's Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mark worked as a Research Engineer for Industrial Research Limited from 1992 to 2005. He also worked at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden from 1995 to 1996. In 2006 Mark joined Uniservices, working for the University of Auckland's Centre for Advanced Composite Materials (CACM) and established Applied Engineering Research Limited. In 2015 Mark joined the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland, also continuing in his role as the  Deputy Director of CACM. 

Research | Current

My primary research interests are in novel computational modelling and experimental characterisation for materials and structures with complex physical processes. This includes the effects of geometric and material non-linear behaviour, dynamic loads, fluid-structure interaction, and the effects of defects and damage on structural performance, particularly for fibre reinforced polymer composites and sandwich structures. Application areas include aviation, marine, automotive, sporting equipment and building and infrastructure.

I also have research interests in sporting equipment and its interaction with athletes, non-destructive inspection methods for materials and structures, and development of novel testing and instrumentation systems for laboratory and in-field measurements. Other interests include additive manufacturing processes for high performance composites and application of digital manufacturing processes to reduce cost and increase product quality.

Teaching | Current

ENGSCI 363 Modelling and Design 2

MECHENG 743 Composite Materials


Postgraduate supervision

Current students

  • Thomas Billac (PhD), “Numerical and experimental investigation of water impact of composite helicopter structures”
  • Henry Ling (PhD), “Damage characterisation of natural fibre and hybrid laminates for sports equipment”
  • Abhiram Ramesh (PhD), “Effects of imperfections and defects on the structural integrity of high performance composite structures”
  • Kariappa Karumbaiah (PhD), “Simulation and characterisation of fatigue behaviour of composite laminates”
  • John Weber (PhD), “Structural response of curved sandwich panels subjected to water slamming”
  • Youming Chen (PhD), “Micromechanical characterisation and modelling of closed-cell foams”
  • Sam Stone (ME), “Failure mechanics of honeycomb core materials for high performance marine applications”

Recent students

  • Tom Allen (PhD), “Mechanics of flexible composite hull panels subjected to water impacts
  • Richard Stubbing (PhD), “Characterisation of polymeric foam cores using digital image correlation”
  • Stephen Kavermann (PhD), “Properties of lightweight sandwich panels with corrugated plywood core”
  • Nathan Bailey (PhD), “Damage tolerance of aeronautical sandwich structures subjected to dynamic compression loads”
  • Anton Koellner (ME), “Development of a measurement and analysis system for bicycle field test studies to determine structural responses”
  • Baptiste Cartier (MEngSt),”Phased array ultrasonic inspection of advanced composite laminates”
  • Ben Conway (MEngSt), “Numerical modelling and experimental validation of water impact (slamming) on composite sandwich beams with T-joints”


Deputy Director, Centre for Advanced Composite Materials

Areas of expertise

My primary research areas are in analysis, design and experimental characterisation for composite materials and structures. This includes a particular focus on the effects of non-linear behaviour, dynamic loads, and the effects of damage on structural performance. I also have knowledge of advanced mechanics of materials, polymers, and metals, manufacturing processes for composites and polymers, mechanical engineering design, dynamics of mechanical systems, and coupled fluid-structure behaviour. 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Newmarket Campus Director's Group

Innovation in Materials and Manufacturing Committee

Vice-President, Composites Association of NZ

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Chen, Y., Das, R., & Battley, M. (2017). Effects of cell size and cell wall thickness variations on the strength of closed-cell foams. International Journal of Engineering Science, 120, 220-240. 10.1016/j.ijengsci.2017.08.006
  • Chen, Y., Das, R., & Battley, M. (2017). Finite element analysis of the compressive and shear responses of structural foams using computed tomography. Composite Structures, 159, 784-799. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2016.09.091
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Raj Das
  • Allen, T., & Battley, M. (2016). Estimation of transverse shear force during slamming impacts on a simply supported composite panel using a strain derivative method. Composite Structures, 153, 42-49. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2016.06.001
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29158
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tom Allen
  • Swidan, A., Thomas, G., Ranmuthugala, D., Penesis, I., Amin, W., Allen, T., & Battley, M. (2016). Prediction of Slamming Loads on Catamaran Wetdeck using CFD. Paper presented at 13th International Conference on Fast Sea Transportation (FAST) 2015, Washington, D.C., United States. 1 September - 4 September 2015. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29338
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tom Allen
  • Swidan, A., Thomas, G., Penesis, I., Ranmuthugala, D., Amin, W., Allen, T., & Battley, M. (2016). Wetdeck slamming loads on a developed catamaran hullform – experimental investigation. Ships and Offshore Structures, 1-9. 10.1080/17445302.2016.1194555
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tom Allen
  • Swidan, A., Thomas, G., Ranmuthugala, D., Amin, W., Penesis, I., Allen, T., & Battley, M. (2016). Experimental drop test investigation into wetdeck slamming loads on a generic catamaran hullform. Ocean Engineering, 117, 143-153. 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2016.03.059
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28616
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tom Allen
  • Chen, Y., Das, R., & Battley, M. (2016). Response of Honeycombs Subjected to In-Plane Shear. Journal of Applied Mechanics, 83 (6), 061004-061004. 10.1115/1.4032964
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Raj Das
  • Loendersloot, R., Battley, M., & Tinga, T. (2016). Damage identification using guided waves on a composite skin-stiffener structure. 8th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, EWSHM 2016.

Contact details

Alternative contact

Extension number: 89055

Primary location

Level 3, Room 339
New Zealand