Composites Challenge

Composites Challenge

PhD Challenge dedicated to the Composite Industry

Composites Challenge is a competition of PhD sourced and selected for the quality of their research work in the field of composites. 
The Challenge: 5 minutes to pitch their thesis using 1 slide.

Finalists 2019

TU Delft

Continuous Ultrasonic Welding of Thermoplastic Composites by Bram JONGBLOED, Delft University of Technology.
Continuous ultrasonic welding makes it possible to join composite parts at a much higher speed as compared to existing techniques. The short cycle time, the potential for automation, and the high joint strength, make it a very promising and cost-effective process.

KU Leuven

Automotive components made of carbon fibre sheet moulding compound: design, manufacturing and properties by Luca MARTULLI, KU Leuven 
Understanding and virtually reproducing the mechanical behaviour of carbon SMC material. The research involves modelling, manufacturing and testing of a thick SMC component for automotive application. The outcome this research will be a CAE predictive tool to be used by the automotive industry.


Non-destructive Evaluation of Injectability and Compressibility for a Quality Assessment of Semi-finished Textiles by Tino HERMANN, University of Auckland 
Novel non-destructive measurement methods to determine injectability and compressibility of semi-finished textiles have been trialled to improve process control and quality assessment within mass production. The simple and easy to assess quality measurements demonstrated future potential with measurements being possible at process parameters, enabling defect detection for multi-ply semi-finished textiles.


Frontal Polymerization for Rapid Composite Manufacturing by Polette CENTELLAS, University of Illinois 
Conventional manufacturing of fiber-reinforced polymer composites (FRPC) is an energy and time intensive process. Frontal polymerization is an alternative, out-of-autoclave manufacturing method that achieves several orders of magnitude reduction in energy consumption and cure time over conventional techniques. Using this frontal polymerization method, we successfully manufactured aerospace-grade FRPC panels (30 cm x 30 cm dimension) in less than five minutes.


A composite FishBAC camber morphing device for fixed-wing applications by Andres RIVERO, University of Bristol 
The Fish Bone Active Camber (FishBAC) is a composite morphing trailing edge device that achieves higher aerodynamic efficiency than traditional aircraft’s control surfaces. This project focuses on developing the composite device for fixed-wing applications, and the work ranges from mathematical modelling, to manufacture and wind tunnel testing.


Analysis & modeling of the load path and damage of the “HYPER joints” by Paul VAN DER SYPT, Laboratory I2M
The “HYPER joints” is an innovative metal/composite assembly proposed by Airbus Central Research and Technology in 2010. Pins are manufactured on a metallic adherent and inserted inside a composite laminate. Compiling high mechanical performances with an easy assembling process, the “HYPER joints” is a competitive candidate for next generations of multi-material assemblies. 



Are fatigue design allowables credible? by Vahid MOVAHEDI-RAD, EPFL 
Our research showed that the traditionally derived fatigue design allowables for Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites could be conservative or optimistic. The reason is that loading patterns affected drastically the fatigue behavior and damage progress in Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites.


Carbon fiber sandwiched nano-microwave absorber for low radar visibility applications by Avinash R PAI, Mahatma Gandhi University 
The major theme of the research project was to develop carbon fiber sandwiched nano-microwave absorber for low radar visibility applications/stealth technology. This hybrid nano-composite can be used to absorb electromagnetic radiations and to develop RADAR invisible materials like stealth fabrics for military and defense applications.


From Ply-cutter to Press: Aerospace Prepreg Recycling Re-Imagined! by Adam SMITH, McGill University 
Our goal is to create a recycling methodology capable of transforming uncured carbon-fibre prepreg waste (manufacturing offcuts) into a versatile compression moulding compound without the use of pyrolysis, solvolysis, or resin separation of any kind.

Izmir Institute Of Technology

Development of composite high-pressure vessels with improved performance for automotive applications byZeynep AY, Izmir Institute of Technology 
This study aims to improve the mechanical properties of the layered hybrid composites used as high-pressure vessels by incorporation of nanosized fillers. For better performance, two issues are being overcome; enhancing interfacial interactions between fillers and matrix, improving dispersion of the fillers within the thermoset resins.



Postdoctoral Researcher,
Laboratory for Processing of Advanced Composites, EPFL


The Economist

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For the PhD 

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  • The recruitment campaign – from September to December 2018 
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