The University of Southampton

Dr Adnan Fazal

Research Staff

My interest in science and engineering started at school. I received my first formal qualification in engineering (diploma - HNC/HND level) from the Polytechnic Institute in my home town Swat in Pakistan and then followed this with an apprenticeship in industry. To further my career in this field, I decided to gain higher education from the United Kingdom and enrolled for a BEng degree at the University of Hull. My research journey in the field of polymeric material began at the University of Hull. At first, I evaluated polymer fracture toughness for my final year BEng project (graduated in 2010) and this has motivated me to develop a career in materials. I continued my research studies at the University of Hull and awarded PhD degree in 2014. My research activities at Hull focused on Viscoelastically Pre-stressed Polymeric Matrix Composites (VPPMCs). These materials offer improved strength, stiffness, impact protection, resistance to crack propagation and protection against abnormal loads. Potential applications of VPPMCs material include light-weight blast-resistant crashworthy structures, morphing structures, safety and sports apparel, medical (dental restoration and prosthetic devices), wind turbine blades and other aerofoil structures. In addition to my research activities at Hull University, I was involved in departmental teaching for BEng/MEng degree programme. 

My research interest here at the University of Southampton focuses on low density polyethylene (LDPE) materials with emphasis on the mechanics and processing of crosslinking. My role in ECS and the Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory (TDHVL) is to develop insulating material for advanced new generation high voltage DC cables (HVDC) using cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) for enhanced breakdown performance. The main topic of interest is the influence of polymer morphology and in particular its effects on the electrical, mechanical and thermal properties of the material. 




  • Education:                               PhD, PGDip, BEng, MA, BA
  • Professional Membership:  CEng MIMechE, MIEEE, MIET, AFHEA

Professional activities

Visiting Academic:   University of Hull (School of Engineering)

Conferences attended



Fancey, K.S. and Fazal, A. (2015) Prestressed polymeric matrix composites: longevity aspects Polymer Composites, pp. 1-6. (doi:10.1002/pc.23387).

Fazal, A and Fancey, K.S. (2014) UHMWPE fibre-based composites: prestress-induced enhancement of impact properties Composites Part B: Engineering, 66, pp. 1-6. (doi:10.1016/j.compositesb.2014.04.031).

Fazal, A. and Fancey, K.S. (2014) Performance enhancement of nylon/kevlar fiber composites through viscoelastically generated pre-stress Polymer Composites, 35, (5), pp. 931-938. (doi:10.1002/pc.22737).

Fazal, A. and Fancey, K.S. (2013) Viscoelastically generated prestress from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibres Journal of Materials Science, 48, (16), pp. 5559-5570. (doi:10.1007/s10853-013-7350-5).

Fazal, A. and Fancey, K.S. (2013) Viscoelastically prestressed polymeric matrix composites –Effects of test span and fibre volume fraction on Charpy impact characteristics Composites Part B: Engineering, 44, (1), pp. 472-479. (doi:10.1016/j.compositesb.2012.04.004).

Fazal, A. (2014) Polymer fibre composites: investigation into performance enhancement through viscoelasticity generated pre-stress The University of Hull, Engineering, Doctoral Thesis .

Hao, M., Fazal, A., Vaughan, A., Chen, G., Cao, J. and Wang, H. (2016) The effect of electrode material and semicon bonding on space charge dynamics of XLPE At 2016 IEEE International Conference on Dielectrics (ICD), France. 03 - 07 Jul 2016. 4 pp. (doi:10.1109/ICD.2016.7547579).

Fazal, A., Hao, M., Vaughan, A., Chen, G., Cao, J. and Wang, H. (2016) The effect of composition and processing on electric characteristics of XLPE in HVDC cable applications At IEEE Electrical Insulation Conference (EIC), 2016, Canada. 19 - 22 Jun 2016. , pp. 440-443. (doi:10.1109/EIC.2016.7548632).

Hao, M., Fazal, A., Vaughan, A., Chen, G., Zhou, Y. and Zhang, C. (2016) The impacts of degassing on space charge characteristics and DC conductivity in semicon-bonded XLPE For HVDC cable applications At IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena (CEIDP2016), Canada. 16 - 19 Oct 2016. 4 pp, pp. 97-100. (doi:10.1109/CEIDP.2016.7785533).

Hao, M., Fazal, A., Chen, G., Vaughan, A., Cao, J. and Wang, H. (2016) The impacts of the temperature and electric field on the electrical characteristics in semicon-bonded XLPE insulation At IEEE International Conference on High Voltage Engineering and Application (ICHVE 2016), China. 19 - 22 Sep 2016. 4 pp. (doi:10.1109/ICHVE.2016.7800830).

Hao, M., Fazal, A., Vaughan, A., Chen, G., Wang, H., Zhang, C. and Zhou, Y. (2016) The effects of semicon on space charge behavior under different temperature conditions for HVDC cable insulation At 2nd International Conference on HVDC - (HVDC2016), China. 25 - 27 Oct 2016. 6 pp.


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