The research of Composite Materials group encompasses four major areas in the field of advanced composites for aerospace, automotive, naval and wind energy applications, among others:
- Design and optimization. The group develops non-conventional composite designs that take full advantage of the orthotropic nature of composite materials and of current automated composites manufacturing capabilities
- Multi-scale numerical simulation. The group is developing a Multiscale Virtual Design and Testing approach that allows the numerical simulation of composites at Ply, Laminate and Structural scales from the measured properties of their constituents (fibres, matrix and fibre/matrix interfaces).
- Process simulation and manufacturing. The group is also involved in several projects related with manufacturing of advanced structural composites.
- Mechanical testing. The group has also acquired a solid experience in the field of mechanical characterization of structural composites under different loading conditions and lengths scales.
The group is led by two researchers, Dr. Carlos González and Dr. Cláudio S. Lopes, and works in close collaboration with other research groups at IMDEA Materials in fields related to composites (Micro and Nanomechanics; Multifunctional Nanocomposites; High Performance Polymer Nanocomposites ; X-ray characterization of materials [link]) and Computational Mechanics (Multiscale Materials Modelling [link]; Computational Solid Mechanics [link])