Dr Giuseppe Catalanotti, Advanced Composites Research Group, Queen’s University Belfast.
Micro-mechanical Modelling of the Longitudinal Compressive Failure of Unidirectional Composites.
The latest advances on micromechanical modelling developed at the Advanced Composites Research Group at Queen’s University Belfast for fibre reinforced composites will be presented. Focus will be given to the geometrical generation of the RVE, the constitutive materials used, and the numerical strategy that could be implemented to speed up the numerical simulations. The missing input parameters and the experimental challenges that need to be addressed to support the modelling activities will also be discussed.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Dr Giuseppe Catalanotti received his PhD from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Porto in 2011 where he conducted research as part of a European Commission Marie Curie Action project, MOMENTUM. He also holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Palermo (2007). After a short spell at Alstom Transport, as a composites expert, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Porto as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. His main research interests are focused on the structural integrity of advanced polymer composites. In particular, Fracture Mechanics, Continuum Damage Mechanics, Computational Mechanics for advanced polymer composites, design and manufacture of composite structures, joining of composite structures, and new test methods for composites. He was Visiting Lecturer at the University of Girona in February 2012, and Visiting Scientist at NASA - Langley Research Center in September 2014. In February 2015 he took up the role of Research Coordinator with INEGI, the Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, which is part of the University of Porto. In June 2016 he joined the Advanced Composites Research Group at Queen’s University Belfast as a lecturer.
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