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Mechanics of Composite Materials

Purpose

To characterize and predict the mechanical response of polymeric and ceramic matrix composites for use in civil and defense applications. To train and educate undergraduate and graduate students in the analysis and testing of, and design with, composite materials.

Capabilities

  • Sample and small scale structural manufacturing
  • Mechanical testing at the coupon and mini-sample level
  • Incorporation of and accounting for the effects of moisture and fluids
  • Nonlinear and time-dependent material response
  • Process optimization
  • Modeling of electromagnetic effects
  • Constitutive modeling
  • Piezoelectric actuation, Smart structures and structural control

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