Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Structures and Materials

The activities of the Light Weight Structures group are those associated with the design of optimised light weight metal and composite material structural systems for aerospace and automotive applications.

The primary activities and research capabilities of propulsion and energy systems could be divided to numerical simulation (mainly the finite element method), analytical modelling, and experimental testing.

Activities we address include but are not limited to:

  • Advanced composite material structures (monolithic, sandwich structures, 3D woven)
  • Fracture mechanics (mixed-mode fracture, initiation and propagation)
  • Mechanical performance of thin coatings (thermal barrier coating systems, adhesion of graphene membranes, spallation)
  • Mechanical characterisation (tension, compression, in-plane and interlaminar shear and flexure)
  • Out-of-autoclave manufacture
  • Finite element method and stress analysis
  • Digital image correlation
  • Thermal stress analysis
  • Pulse-phase thermography
  • Fatigue testing
  • Quasi-static and impact testing
  • Smart structures and structural health monitoring
  • Buckling, post-buckling and vibration of composite panels and beams
  • Damage characterisation (destructive and non-destructive methods, including C-scanning and X-ray)

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