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Home > Research topics



Last updated: 1 August, 2014

The current research activities of the Mechanics of Materials and Structures group are situated in the following domains:


impact of composite materials

  • bird strike testing with real birds and gelatine replicas
  • simulation of bird strike with SPH (Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics) technique
  • drop weight testing and simulation
  • wave slamming experiments on quasi-rigid and deformable composite structures
  • modelling of regular and breaking wave impact on composite structures
  • air blast loading of composite tubes and sandwich panels
  • axial crushing and energy absorption of composites and foams
  • high strain rate testing and simulation of unidirectional and textile composites
  • Charpy impact tests (dynamic fracture toughness)

fatigue of composite materials

  • tension-tension, tension-compression and compression-compression fatigue testing
  • rail shear and bias tension fatigue testing
  • three- and four-point bending fatigue
  • resonance fatigue with electrodynamic shaker
  • meso-macro scale modelling of progressive fatigue damage in unidirectional and textile composites
  • fatigue crack growth in 3D printed metals (titanium, stainless steel)

NDT/NDE of composite materials

  • surface mounted and embedded optical fibre sensors (cure monitoring, strain sensing,...)
  • 2D and 3D Digital Image Correlation (DIC) algorithms for static and high-speed measurements
  • ultrasound inspection and Schlieren imaging
  • video-microscopy for online damage monitoring
  • X-ray micro-tomography (micro-CT)
  • optical microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

general mechanics of composite materials

  • high-fidelity finite element models for large and segmented wind turbine blades
  • mechanics and dynamics of composite racing bicycle frames
  • self-healing composites by micro-encapsulation
  • mechanical properties of ductile steel fibre-reinforced composites
  • vibration and damping of composites
  • structural membranes for large tent structures
  • simulation of dry yarn and dry fabric mechanics
  • micro-meso-macro homogenization of elastic and damaged properties of unidirectional and textile composites
  • cohesive zone modelling for delamination, debonding and defragmentation
  • fracture mechanics testing and modelling of composites and polymers (DCB, ENF, ELS, TDCB, CT)
  • eXtended Finite Element Method (XFEM) for crack propagation
  • (partial) hybrid and mixed solid-shell elements with interlaminar stress continuity
  • adhesive bonding and hybrid joining of composites
  • fusion bonded joints in thermoplastic composites
  • toughening of composites with electrospun nanofibres
  • predictive simulation tools for 3D printed lattice structures
  • characterization of 3D printed materials for patient-specific Ankle-Foot Ortheses