Yunchuan Liu

BSc, MSc

Postgraduate Research Student


My first degree was in Vehicle Engineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology in China. After graduation I went into automotive industry by working for TJ Innova Ltd. and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) where I gained experience in both design and manufacturing of body-in-white sector. I came to UK to further study automotive engineering and obtained my Master’s degree in Coventry University. Within this study I took part in the TARF-LCV project which I designed side frame for the aero-efficient concept as my final project. I joined Oxford Brookes University as a research student and continue working with TARF-LCV group. My role in the research project is to investigate the novel design methodologies of auto body joints that facilitate disassembly of the end of life vehicles.

Research activities

Theme of the research

Joint design methodologies to aid dismantling and closed-loop recycling

Aim of my research

The research aims at developing novel structural design methodologies for automotive applications to facilitate eased disassembly and also maintain mechanical performance such as strength, crashworthiness and durability.

Details of my research

The major objectives of the project are:

  • To review materials and joining methods for multi-material applications and disassembly; investigate material properties and methodologies of testing and simulation; Identify main requirements and constrains of applying alternative joining methods to the conventional vehicle body structure.
  • To select several joints those are crucial to structural performance and have the potential through optimization for disassembly; achieve a thorough understanding of their function and loading conditions using simplified models.
  • To develop simplified joint samples of various configurations that represent target joints. Perform tests and simulations to examine their performance under various loading conditions.
  • To design optimized replacement joints; evaluate their performance, manufacturability and cost.
  • To explore joint minimization and panel integration possibilities.

Research interests

  • Auto body structural analysis and fast optimization in the preliminary design stage.
  • Design and analysis of bonded, clinched, riveted and hybrid joints.
  • Joining methods of dissimilar body panels, such as steel, aluminium, magnesium and carbon-fibre.
  • Panel integration techniques and structural sensitivity study.
  • Low-carbon manufacturing of auto body structure.
Yunchuan Liu


Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Oxford Brookes University
Wheatley Campus
United Kingdom