Mr Davide De Sousa

Research project: analysis of torsionaly loaded CFRP exposed to low velocity impact mitigation

Abstract

Experimental and computational analysis of CFRP which has been torsionaly loaded and exposed to low velocity impact mitigation. CFRP is becoming an increasingly used material in everyday life . in particular it is used to re-inforce other materials such as steel beams and concrete columns. Iht is assumed that the majority of use of these particular structures are within a construction enviroment , ergo, within a construction enviroment CFRP can be exposed to low velocity impacts in the form of tool drops, machine collision and impact during assembly . The purpose of this study will be to asses the extent of damage to the CFRP  and whether structural integrity is compromised when exposed to torsional forces. Experiments will be carried out involving drop weights on the CFRP when it is torsionally loaded and specimens will be tested after to constitute whether the material has lost any of its prior established tensile values .

  • Research degree: PhD by prior publication/portfolio
  • Title of project: analysis of torsionaly loaded CFRP exposed to low velocity impact mitigation
  • Research supervisor: Dr Homayoun Hadavinia
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Payam Khazaeinejad

Biography

Team Leader on Channel tunnel rail link

Supervisor for water installations for Thames water

Building manager at Trinity Church

Areas of research interest

  • composite materials
  • material behaviour
  • mitigation behaviour of materials
  • low velocity impact mitigation
  • high velocity impact mitigation
  • CFRP

Qualifications

  • MEng in Mechanical Engineering, Kingston University London