Research Topics

Impact of composite materials

  • Bird strike testing with real birds and gelatine replicas
  • Simulation of bird strike with ALE and SPH (Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics) technique
  • Axial crushing and energy absorption of composites and foams
  • Multi-scale modelling of strain-rate dependence and impact strength of unidirectional and textile composites
  • 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
  • High strain rate testing 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
  • Fatigue of thermoplastic composites at high temperatures and pressures
  • 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