MORE | Fall 2020

Virtual Testing to Determine the Behavior of Orthotropic Materials

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Composites are gaining popularity in the aerospace, automotive, and civil industries since their properties are attractive for products in these fields. The focus of this research is to develop a virtual testing framework that could be used as a predictive tool to characterize the behavior of structural composites including failure so that future designs using composites can be optimized to avoid catastrophic failures. This will be achieved by generating a failure surface through numerical simulation in LS DYNA, a finite element commercial software.

Student researcher

Daniel Katusele

Civil, environmental and sustainable engineering

Hometown: Tempe, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2021