The multiscale analysis of GNP/ carbon fiber/epoxy using molecular dynamics and micromechanics

Project Description

Generally, composite materials are used in engineering applications in structural form to make components.  The multiscale analysis of GNP/ carbon fiber/epoxy has not been done extensively beyond ply level in the open literature. The objective of this study is to develop a multiscale analysis model involving multilayer graphene nano-platelets in epoxy to evaluate the effect of GNP on the thermo-mechanical response of GNP/ carbon fiber/epoxy hybrid materials and their laminated structures. This multiscale analysis involves various length scales, ranging from nano to composite laminated structures. In this investigation, the approach for developing the molecular structure of graphene/epoxy composite and the techniques for evaluating the models under different loading conditions will be applied to the thermoset polymer constituents. Additionally, the method for heating the models and the technique used for evaluating the effect of the GNP on the GNP/ carbon fiber/epoxy materials and their laminated composite plates will be presented.


Work Schedule

The graduate student resposibilities will involve both computational and experimental work. He/she will need an aveage of ten hours per week to work on the research.

Additional Notes

The student must have background in solid mechanics ( mechanics of materials, manufaturing, materials science and engineering)

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Job Opening ID
Fall 2019 and Winter 2020
Work could be done by someone not coming to campus (e.g., online or non-local student)
What majors can apply?
  • Mechanical Engineering (MSE)
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Faculty Name
Olanrewaju Aluko
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