Presentation of the PhD dissertation “Development of efficient numerical models for the simulation of low velocity impact and compression after impact on composite structures” by Albert Soto Masip

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Presentation of the PhD dissertation “Development of efficient numerical models for the simulation of low velocity impact and compression after impact on composite structures” by Albert Soto Masip

On September 7th , AMADE’s PhD student Albert Soto has very satisfactorily presented his PhD dissertation. This contribution is aimed at imporving the design of relatively large composite sub-components under the potential failure caused by low velocity impact (LVI) and subjected to Compression After Impact (CAI) loading. A methodology to simulate these events has been validated at coupon level, leading to a solutions to optimize the mesh to predict the cohesive zone length in delamination. The methodology, thoroughly tested in simulations, has been applied to predict the behavior of thin ply fabric laminates.
The thesis’ advisors have been Dr. Emilio González and Dr. Pere Maimí (UdG). The grading panel consisted of Dr. Anthony Pickett (U.Stuttgart – Germany), Dr. Josep Costa (UdG) and Dr. Joël Cugnoni (EPFL – Switzerland).