22 Jul The PhD thesis “Improving compression after impact response of composite laminates through ply level hybridization with thin plies and unsymmetrical designs” has been presented by Aravind Sasikumar
Aravind Sasikumar has achieved his PhD Degree July 18th in the conference hall of the Polytechnic School of the University of Girona after presenting his thesis “Improving compression after impact response of composite laminates through ply level hybridization with thin plies and unsymmetrical designs”.
The main objective of the thesis is to improve the compression after impact response of thick and thin composite laminates. A core part of the thesis is dedicated to the Airnet Project in collaboration with Airbus Germany, INEGI (University of Porto) and University of Dayton Research Institute (Dayton, US). The project aims at investigation of the mechanical response of spread-tow thin ply materials and comparison with different ply grades and material systems. The thesis proposes novel laminate designs such as ply hybridization techniques and unsymmetrical designs to significantly improve the compression after response of thin ply based thin laminates. Following on, virtual numerical tests are performed to find optimum impact damage tolerant laminate.
The thesis’ advisors have been Dr. Daniel Trias and Dr. Josep Costa (UdG). The grading panel consisted of Dr. Jorge López (Universidad Carlos III), Dr. Michael May (Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics – Germany) and Dr. Claudio S. Lopes (IMDEA Materiales).
The AMADE research group congratulates the new doctor and thanks him for his remarkable contribution during this period of time in Girona.