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Students at the Composite Materials Research Lab

CURRENT STUDENTS


Ph.D.

  • Kiran Simon, Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Expected Graduation: December 2014
    • Research Work:
      • Experimental, analytical, and computational work on mode III and mixed-mode I/II/III delamination growth in laminated polymeric composites
      • Emphasis on three dimensional finite element modeling used for the development of new test methods and to understand the coupling of planar mode III delamination growth and transverse cracking
  • Allison Johnson, Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Expected Graduation: May 2016
    • Research Work:
      • Evaluation of test methods for determining the mode III delamination toughness of laminated composites
      • Experimental investigation of coupling of planar mode III delamination growth and transverse cracking in laminated composite materials
      • Development of appropriate parameter(s) to characterize mode III delamination growth, associated test method(s) for parameter determination, and corresponding methodology for growth predictions in practical structural geometries.

PAST STUDENTS, THESIS/DISSERTATION TITLES, AND GRADUATION DATES


Ph.D.

Abhendra Singh, Ph.D., 2013, "Damage Characterization and Analytical Modeling of Quasi-Statically Indented Graphite/Epoxy-Honeycomb Core Composite Sandwich Structures."

Wenming Zhao, Ph.D., 2011, "Mode I Delamination Fracture Characterization of Polymeric Composites Under Elevated Temperatures."

Lijie Yu, Ph.D., 2002, "A Three-Dimensional Crack Tip Element for Energy Release Rate Determination and Delamination Growth Prediction."

Viswanathan Sundararaman, Ph.D., 1997, "Three New Test Methods for The Determination of Fracture Toughnesses of Bimaterial Interfaces."

Hurang Hu, Ph.D., 1995, "Analytical Determination of Energy Release Rate and Mode Mix in Layered Elastic Structures."


M.S.

Markus Rahammer, M.S., 2011, "A Model for Predicting Quasi-Static Indentation Damage in Composite Honeycomb Sandwich Panels." (M.S. thesis performed at SU, M.S. Awarded by University of Stuttgart),

Abhendra Singh, M.S., 2009, "Effects of Impact Damage, Temperature and Moisture and the Strength and Life of Marine Sandwich Composites."

Peerawan Wiwattananon, M.S., 2008, "Evaluation of Quasi-Static Indentation Damage in Composite Sandwich Structures."

Sean Teller, M.S., 2007, "Investigation of the Effects of Precracking, Test Geometry and Test Procedure on the Accuracy of GIIc as Obtained by the End-Notched Flexure Test."

Mark D'Aprile, M.S., 2007, "Development of a Helically-Reinforced, Non-Kinking Garden Hose for Residential Applications."

Craig Altonen, M.S., 2006, "Delamination Growth Behaviors and Critical Strain Energy Release Rates for Unidirectional and Angle Ply Composite End-Notched Flexure Specimens."

Christine Granger, M.S., 2006, "Damage Development and Viscoelastic Response In Cross-Ply Stitched and Unstitched Graphite/Polyimide Composites Under Monotonic and Fatigue Loadings at Room and Elevated Temperatures."

Sean Lundberg, M.S., 2005, "Prediction of Delamination in C12K/R6376 Graphite/Epoxy Hat-Stiffened Assemblies Using a Crack Tip Element Approach."

Amitabh Bansal, M.S., 2005, "Linear and Nonlinear Analyses of Three and Four Point Bend Single Leg Bending Tests."

Manish Kumar, M.S., 2004, "Influence of Hygrothermal Conditions on Delamination Toughness at Different Mode Mixities for T800H/3900-2 Graphite/Epoxy."

Matthew Soffa, M.S., 2003, "Effects of Moisture and Temperature on the Delamination Toughness of an Interlayer-Toughened Graphite/Epoxy Composite."

Anthony J. Vinciquerra, M.S., 2002, "Effect of Specimen Geometry, Test Configuration, and Data Reduction Technique on the Perceived Toughness from Four-Point Bend End-Notched Flexure Tests."

Lakshman Rao, M.S., 2001, "Assessment of a Crack Tip Element Based Approach for Predicting Delamination Growth in Interlayer Toughened Composite Skin-Stringer Panels."

Ryan Bialaszewski, M.S., 2000, "Evaluation of Classical and Non-Classical Energy Release Rate Based Approaches for Predicting Delamination Growth in Laminated Composites."

Kason Temple, M.S., 2000, "An Energy Release Rate Based Procedure for the Prediction of Delamination Initiation and Growth in Tapered Composite Structures."

Satish Sainath, M.S., 1999, "Verification of a Non-Classical Energy Release Rate Based Approach For Predicting Delamination Growth in a Two-Phase Graphite/Epoxy Composite Material."

Simon Gharibian, M.S., 1999, "Verification of a Methodology to Predict Delamination Growth in Laminated Composites."

Jonathan Polaha, M.S., 1997, "Effects of Temperature and Mode Ratio on the Delamination Toughness of a Ceramic Matrix Composite Material."

Ryan Hudson, M.S., 1997, "An Evaluation of Several Methodologies for the Prediction of Delamination Growth in Fiber Reinforced Composites."

Ajay Bhandari, M.S., 1997, "A Numerical Model of Fiber Bridging in Ceramic Matrix Composite Materials."

Tor Sherwood, M.S., 1997, "Effects of Temperature and Layup on the Mixed-Mode Delamination Toughness of a Ceramic Matrix Composite Material."

Peter Fariello, M.S., 1996, "A Systematic Approach for Determining the Appropriate Definition of Mode Mix for Delamination of Laminated Composites."

Deo Sabino, M.S., 1996, "Experimental Development of a Fiber Bridging Model for Ceramic Matrix Composites."

Srinivas Bhashyam, M.S., 1996, "An Evaluation of Data Reduction Methods for the Mixed-Mode Bending Test."

Chris Ludden, M.S., 1995, "An Expert System for the Design and Optimization of Laminated Composite Plates."

Liu Yian, M.S., 1995, "Prediction of Growing Mode I Delamination Front Shapes Using a Constant Energy Release Rate Criterion."

Jeffery Schaff, M.S., 1993, "A Fatigue Model for Composite Materials."

Clara Schuecker, International Student, 1999, "Accuracy Evaluation of the Four-Point Bend End-Notched Flexure Test for Mode II Fracture Toughness Testing."

Jean-Marc Petra, International Student, 1993, "Effect of Low- and High-Velocity Impact Damage on the Compression Fatigue Behavior of Composite Tubes."

Barry D. Davidson, bddavids@syr.edu