Digital Disruption of Composites Manufacturing and Design
18 Sep 2020 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Anoush Poursartip
Composite materials and structures are an excellent example of how engineering practice often outpaces scientific knowledge. Born in the analog world of the 1960s, carbon-fibre composites manufacturing and design practice is a complex and often fragile construct that is primarily driven by the...
A Manufacturing Sensitive Design Strategy for Composite Materials Using Physical Modeling and Stochastic Simulation of Defects
02 Oct 2020 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Ramesh Talreja
This presentation outlines a strategy for designing composite structures accounting for the presence of defects that are inevitable in a practical manufacturing process. The essential ingredients of the strategy are incorporation of defects in physical models for assessment of composite...
Defect Coupling Predicting the Strength and Life of Fiberous Composite Laminates
16 Oct 2020 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Kenneth L Reifsnider
After more than 30 years of careful experimental investigation and exhaustive development of discrete damage analysis methods including integrated computational mechanics methods, our community knows a great deal about how discrete defects such as matrix cracks and defect growth (e.g....
Automating the Lay-up of Geometrically Complex Composite Structures Made from Preimpregnated Reinforcements: a Route to a Roadmap
04 Nov 2020 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Kevin Potter
A significant amount of research and industrial effort has been expended on the development of equipment such as automated fibre placement machines to lay-up prepregged reinforcements into structures of relatively simple geometry such as wing skins and spars, and fuselage structures. These...
The Challenges of Determining the Strength of Composites
24 Nov 2020 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Michael R Wisnom
Why are there such large differences in reported strengths of composites? Some of the reasons are the definition of strength, material variability, poor test methods, and subtle variations in carrying out the tests. But there are other important factors that affect strength that are not...
Emerging Role of Process Models & Simulations in Composites Manufacturing
07 Dec 2020 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Suresh Advani
This talk will highlight the ever increasing benefits of process modeling in Composite Manufacturing processes. First, the use of science base approach of materials processing, which integrates material parameters with transport phenomena at various scales during manufacturing to create...
Novel Powder Epoxy Composites for Thick-Section Structures
25 Jan 2021 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Conchur O'Bradaigh
This seminar discusses the ongoing work at The University of Edinburgh on the processing, design and testing of thicksection composites for industrial structures such as large wind and tidal turbine blades, via powder epoxy resin systems. Thick-section composite parts are difficult to manufacture...
Recent Developments in Computational Approaches to Model Laminated Composite Shells and Damage and Fracture in Solids
16 Feb 2021 | Online Presentations
In this lecture, two different topics of considerable interest to composite materials and structural mechanics communities are discussed. The first topic deals with the development of locking-free shell finite elements with thickness stretch for the nonlinear analysis of isotropic and laminated...
Advances in Polymer Composites' Tribology
05 Mar 2021 | Online Presentations
In numerous friction and wear applications, the use of polymers and polymer composites has become state of the art. Nevertheless, further developments are still under way to explore new fields of application for these materials and to tailor their properties under more extreme loading conditions....
Practical Developments in Multiscale Modeling of Composites
07 Apr 2021 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Steven Arnold
Validated models (be they data driven or physics based) can accelerate the design, certification, and ultimate deployment of novel materials and structures by allowing rapid iteration and virtual experimentation while at the same time minimizing the need for expensive and time consuming physical...