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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

There exist a great number of opportunities for undergraduate research in the Composite Materials Laboratory. Previous students have examined delamination growth, impact damage, stability of laminated composite structures, and failure of total hip replacements. The achievements of these students include:


National and Regional Awards:

Winner, 47th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Student Paper, April 2006 (C. Perez).

Winner, 2006 AIAA Foundation Student Technical Paper and Presentation Competition, Northeast Regional Student Conference, Syracuse University, April 2006 (S. Teller).

First Runner-Up, 2006 AIAA Foundation Student Technical Paper and Presentation Competition, Northeast Regional Student Conference, Syracuse University, April 2006 (C. Perez)

Winner, 2000 AIAA National Student Paper Competition (A. Vinciquerra).

First Runner-Up, 2000 AIAA Foundation Student Technical Paper and Presentation Competition, Clarkson University, (A. Chawan).

Winner, 1999 AIAA Foundation Student Technical Paper and Presentation Competition, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (A. Vinciquerra).

Winner, 38th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference Jefferson Goblet Student Paper Award, April 1997 (S. Gharibian).

Winner, 1997 ASME Regional Student Conference Competition: Best Technical Poster (M. Vassily)

Winner, 1996 ASME Regional Student Conference Competition: Best Presentation (S. Gharibian).

Winner, 1996 AIAA National Student Technical Paper Competition (R. Hudson).

Winner, 1995 ASME Regional Student Conference Competition: Best Technical Content and Best Presentation (R. Hudson).

Winner, Minta Martin Student Paper Competition, AIAA Northeast Regional Student Conference, Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, April 1995 (R. Hudson).

Winner, 35th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference Jefferson Goblet Student Paper Award, April 1994 (J. Polaha).

Winner, Minta Martin Student Paper Competition, AIAA Northeast Regional Student Conference, Clarkson University, April 1994 (J. Polaha).

Winner, 34th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference Jefferson Goblet Student Paper Award, April 1993 (C. Ferrie).

First Runner-Up, 1993 ASME Regional Student Conference Competition: Technical Content and Presentation Quality (C. Ferrie).

Winner, 1992 ASME Regional Student Conference Competition: Best Technical Content (B. Dix).


Syracuse University Awards:

Winner, 2004 L.C. Smith College of Engineering George M. Berry Award for Outstanding Design Achievement (M. Czabaj).

Winner, 2001 L.C. Smith College of Engineering George M. Berry Award for Outstanding Design Achievement (K. Gratz).

Winner, 2000 L.C. Smith College of Engineering DeVoe Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research (A. Vinciquerra).

Winner, 1997 L.C. Smith College of Engineering DeVoe Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research (S. Gharibian).

Winner, 1995 L.C. Smith College of Engineering Berry Award for Technical Distinction (R. Hudson).

Winner, 1993 L.C. Smith College of Engineering Berry Award for Technical Distinction (C. Ferrie).

Winner, 1992 L.C. Smith College of Engineering Berry Award for Technical Distinction (B. Dix).


Undergraduate Student Publications:

Singh, A.K., Davidoson, B.D., Eisenberg, D.P., and Czabaj, M.W. and Zehnder, A.T., "Damage Characterization of Quasi-Statically Indented Composite Sandwich Structures," Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 47, No. 10, 2013, pp. 1211–1229.

Czabaj, M.W., Zehnder, A.T., Davidson, B.D., Singh, A.K. and Eisenberg, D.P., "Combined Experimental/Numerical Assessment of Compression After Impact of Sandwich Composite Structures," Proceedings of the SEM Annual Conference & Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 2010 (In Experimental and Applied Mechanics, Volume 6: Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series, Volume 17, 2011, pp. 793-800).

Singh, A.K., Davidson, B.D., Eisenberg, D.P., Czabaj, M.W. and Zehnder, A.T., "Barely Visible Impact Damage Evaluation of Composite Sandwich Structures," Proceedings of the 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, Orlando, Florida, April 2010.

Czabaj, M.W., Zehnder, A.T., Davidson, B.D., Singh, A.K. and Eisenberg, D.P., "Compression After Impact of Sandwich Composite Structures: Experiments and Modeling," Proceedings of the 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, Orlando, Florida, April 2010.

Perez, C.L. and Davidson, B.D., "Evaluation of Precracking Methods for the End Notched Flexure Test," AIAA Journal, Vol. 45, No. 11, 2007, pp. 2603-2611.

Teller, S.S. and Davidson, B.D., "Variability in Mixed-Mode Delamination Toughness with Implications for Research and Practical Applications," Proceedings of the 47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Paper No. AIAA-2007-0160, Reno, Nevada, January 2007.

Perez, C.L. and Davidson, B.D., "Evaluating of Precracking Methods for the End Notched Flexure Text", Proceedings of the 47th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, Newport, Rhode Island, May 2006.

Lux, J.R. and Davidson, B.D., "Guidelines for the Development of Computer- Based Instrumentation Modules for Science and Engineering," Educational Technology Research & Development, Vol. 6, No. 4, 2003, pp. 125-133 (available at http://ifets.ieee.org/periodical/6_4/12.pdf).

Lux, J.R. and Davidson, B.D., "A Prototype Structural Analysis Review and Tutorial (START) Computer Based Instructional Module," Proceedings of the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (ED-MEDIA 2003), June 2003.

Vinciquerra, A.J., Davidson, B.D., Schaff, J.R. and Smith, S.L., "Determination of the Mode II Fatigue Delamination Toughness of Laminated Composites," Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, Vol. 21, No 7, 2002, pp. 663-677.

Gratz, K.R. and Davidson, B.D., "A Combined Tension-Bending Test for Assessing Mixed-Mode Delamination Growth Predictions," Proceedings of the 42nd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/ AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, AIAA Paper No. 2001-1448, April 2001.

Vinciquerra, A.J., Davidson, B.D., Schaff, J.R. and Smith, S.L., "An Improved Methodology for the Determination of Mode II Fatigue Delamination Growth Rates Using the End-Notched Flexure Test," Proceedings of the 15th Annual American Society for Composites Technical Conference, O.O. Ochoa, T.K. O'Brien, D. Lagoudas and H.J. Sue, Eds., Technomic Publishing Co., 2000, pp. 999-1007.

Vinciquerra, A.J., "Determination of Mode I and Mode II Static and Fatigue Delamination Toughness of a Laminated Graphite/Epoxy Composite," AIAA Paper No. 2000-0003, Presented at the 38th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, NV, January 2000.

Hudson, R.C., Davidson, B.D., and Polaha, J.J., "Effect of Remote Ply Orientation on the Perceived Mode I and Mode II Toughness of θ/θ and θ/-θ Interfaces," Applied Composite Materials, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1998, pp. 123-128. Also Appears in Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Composite Materials, Vol. I: Fatigue and Fracture, A. Poursartip and K. Street, Eds., August 1995, pp. 133-140.

Gharibian, S.J., "Effect of Process Zone Constraint on the Fracture Toughness of a Laminated Graphite/Epoxy Composite," Proceedings of the 38th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, Part 2, 1997, pp. 1053-1060.

Davidson, B.D., Altonen, C.S., and Polaha, J.J., "Effect of Stacking Sequence on Delamination Toughness and Delamination Growth Behavior in Composite End-Notched Flexure Specimens," Composite Materials: Testing and Design (Twelfth Volume), ASTM STP 1274, R.B. Deo and C.R. Saff, Eds., American Society for Testing and Materials, 1996, pp. 393-413.

Polaha, J.J., Davidson, B.D., Hudson, R.C., and Pieracci, A. "Effects of Mode Ratio, Ply Orientation and Precracking on the Delamination Toughness of a Laminated Composite," Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, Vol. 15, No. 2, 1996, pp. 141-173.

Davidson, B.D. and Ferrie, C.H., "Effect of Stretching-Shearing Coupling on Instability-Related Delamination Growth," Composite Structures, Vol. 29, No. 4, 1994, pp. 383-392.

Polaha, J.J., "Effect of Interfacial Ply Orientation on the Fracture Toughness of a Laminated Graphite/Epoxy Composite," Proceedings of the 35th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, April 1994, pp. 1707-1716.

Ferrie, C.H., "A Joint Analytical and Experimental Investigation into One-Dimensional Delamination Buckling and Growth," Proceedings of the 34th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/ AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, April 1993, pp. 2689-2698.


Undergraduate Research Projects:

Effect of Specimen Thickness on the Perceived Mode III Delamination Toughness of Laminated Composites (Joseph Paradiso).

Experimental Assessment of Analytical Approaches for Predicting Dent Criticality in Compression Loaded Composite Sandwich Structure (Anthony DiMare).

Assessment of New Split-Beam-Type Tests for the Determination of GIIIc of Laminated Polymeric Composites (Eduardo Bergmuller).

Investigation of Newly Proposed Test Methods and Specimen Geometries for Determining the Mode III Delamination Toughness of Laminated Composites (Joseph Paradiso).

Evaluation of the Shear-Torsion-Bending Test for Mode III Delamination Toughness Assessments (Brian Shoenfeld).

Evaluation of Quasi-Static Indentation Damage in Composite Sandwich Structures (David Eisenberg).

Towards the Development of a Standardized Test for Mode II Delamination Toughness Determination of Laminated Polymeric Composites (Anthony White).

Ultrasonic Nondestructive Evaluation of Impact Damage in Composite Sandwich Structure (Brian Shoenfeld).

Development of a Testing Rig for a New Mode III Delamination Test for Laminated Composites (Ruben Hortensius).

Accuracy Evaluation of Some "Limited Input Delamination Falure Criteria" for Laminated Composites (Brent Hartnett).

Evaluation of Precracking Methods for the End Notched Flexure Test (Carlos Perez).

Variability in Mixed-Mode Delamination Toughness with Implications for Research and Practical Applications (Sean Teller).

Assistance with Outreach Effort to Improve Math and Science Interests and Competencies of Middle and High School Students (Brien Flewelling and Randal Humphries).

Determination of the Mode I And Mode II Toughness of Graphite/Polyimide Composites at Room and Elevated Temperatures (Michael Czabaj).

A Combined Bending-Compression Test for Stiffened-Skin Structures (Michael Czabaj).

Development of a Question-Answering System for Next Generation Reusable Launch Vehicles (Hesham Khalifa and Michael Czabaj).

Development of a Structural Analysis Review and Tutorial (START) Advanced Learning Module (Jessica Lux).

Development of a Combined Tension-Bending Test for Assessing Mixed-Mode Delamination Growth Predictions (Kenneth Gratz).

Design, Analysis and Manufacture of Composite Rocket Structure (Arun Chawan and Anthony Vinciquerra).

Design, Analysis and Manufacturing of an Electrically Powered Unmanned Air Vehicle (Nicholas Borer).

Influence of Specimen Preparation and Specimen Size on Transverse Tension Fatigue Characterization of Glass/Epoxy Composites (Arun Chawan).

Determination of a Mode II Fatigue Delamination Growth Law for IM7/PR500 Graphite/Epoxy (Anthony Vinciquerra).

Numerical Modeling of Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (Michael O'Day).

Determination of Mode I and Mode II Static and Fatigue Delamination Toughness of a Laminated Graphite/Epoxy composite (Anthony Vinciquerra).

Comparison of Mode II Delamination Toughness for two similar Graphite/Epoxy Materials(Asun Entaban).

Fracture Mechanics Study of a CoCr/Bone Cement Interface (Jonathan Vollers and Brian Papszycki).

Effect of Process Zone Constraint on the Fracture Toughness of a Laminated Graphite/Epoxy Composite (Simon Gharibian).

Design, Analysis and Manufacture of a Graphite/Epoxy Archery Bow (Robert Gula).

Failure of Total Hip Replacements Via Cement-Bone Debonding (Michael Vassily).

Delamination Testing of a Hat-Stiffened Graphite/Epoxy Panel (Ajay Chawan).

Effect of Remote Ply Orientation on the Perceived Mode I and Mode II Toughness of θ/θ and θ/-θ Interfaces (Ryan Hudson).

Fracture Mechanics Study of an Aluminum/Epoxy Interface (Katie Paatz).

Materials and Structures for a Hypersonic Transport (Ajay Chawan).

Effects of Mode Ratio, Ply Orientation and Precracking on the Delamination Toughness of a Laminated Composite (Jonathan Polaha).

Development of a Procedure to Manufacture Laminated CompositeTubes (Alan Kandel).

Correlation of Acoustic Emission to Failure Characteristics of a Ceramic Matrix Composite Material (Ajay Chawan).

A Joint Analytical and Experimental Investigation into One-Dimensional Delamination Buckling and Growth in Sandwich Panel Laminates (Catherine Ferrie).

Set-up and Programming of a Micro-Processor Controlled Autoclave (Peter Fariello).

An Apparatus to Exhibit Bending-Stretching Coupling Behaviors in Laminated Composites (Robert Bocchieri).

A Combined Theoretical and Experimental Investigation into Delamination Buckling and Growth in Cross-Plied Composite Laminates (Brian Dix).

An Investigation of Fiber Bridging Effects in Mode I Delamination of Laminated Composites (Jason Gomez).

Analysis of a New Test Specimen for Determining the Mode II Fracture Toughness of Laminated Composites (Jeffery Schaff).

Experimental Investigation of a New Test Specimen for Determining the Mode II Fracture Toughness of Laminated Composites (Bradley Jones).

Evaluation of the Area Method, Compliance Calibration Method and Beam Theory Method for the Reduction of Data in the Mode I Double Cantilever Beam Test for Laminated Composites (Charles Love and Kevin Callahan).

Barry D. Davidson, bddavids@syr.edu