Session keynotes

These will be the session keynotes for some topics

Nawawi Chouw

Nawawi Chouw

Associate Professor at University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr Nawawi CHOUW is an Associate Professor and Director of the University of Auckland Centre for Earthquake Engineering Research. Prior to joining the University of Auckland he worked at universities in Germany, Japan and Australia. He gained his diploma in Civil Engineering from the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. After working in a group of consulting engineers in Germany he returned to the Research Centre on Structural Dynamics at the Ruhr University Bochum, and he was awarded his doctorate. He has been awarded twice the Gledden Fellowship of the University of Western Australia, Fritz-Peter-Mueller Prize of the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany, the Best Research Award of Chugoku Denryoku Research Foundation, Japan, and received twice recognition for excellence in research supervision from Chinese Scholarship Council. He was invited by China Ministry of Education, NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Qatar Science Foundation, SA National Research Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service and by other European Research Institutions to assess applications. He was also invited to teach at several universities in Europe, China and Japan. He was Guest Editor of a number of journals, e.g. Protective Structures, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. He is an associate editor of Frontiers in Build Environment – Earthquake Engineering and is an editorial board member of a number of international journals.

Dynamics of natural fibre reinforced composite structures

Abbas Milani

Abbas Milani

Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Milani is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, and Principal Investigator of the Composites Research Network (CRN) at Okanagan Node, Canada, as well as Advanced Materials and Fabrication Core Competency Lead at the Survive and Thrive Applied Research (STAR) Centre. His expertise falls in modeling, simulation, and multi-criteria optimization of textile composite materials, structures, and their forming processes. Dr. Milani is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards; most recently Researcher of the Year Award at UBC Okanagan, and the prestigious Killam Faculty Research Fellowship for a joint international research with MIT on developing a new artificial intelligence to account for uncertainties in manufacturing and structural health monitoring of composites. 

A Signal-To-Noise TOPSIS Approach for Quality Enhancement in Composites Manufacturing

Lu-Wen Zhang

Lu-Wen Zhang

Distinguished Research Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Dr. Lu-Wen Zhang is a Distinguished Research Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Her main research trust is focused on computational mechanics, multi-scale modeling, nanocomposite materials and optimization. Her research areas are on theoretical development and application of numerical algorithms and computational methods for problems in mechanics and nano materials. Dr. Zhang has published over 70 SCI journal articles and her publications have been cited over 1,200 (ISI). Her current h-index is 19 (ISI). She is an Editor of Journal of Modeling in Mechanics & Materials (De Gruyter), Guest Editor of a Special Issue of Mathematical Problems in Engineering Journal (Hindawi Publishing) on Computational Methods for Engineering Science in 2014, and Editorial board member of Polymer Science (iMedPub). Dr. Zhang was awarded the 2014 China Hundred Most Influential International Scientific Publication by the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China. To date, she has 10 publications being listed as ESI Hot Papers (0.1% highly cited articles) and 19 publications being listed as ESI Highly Cited Papers (0.1% highly cited articles).

Multiscale Modeling and Analysis of Nanocomposite Structures

Evangelos Sapountzakis

Evangelos Sapountzakis

Professor of Structural Analysis, National Technical University of Athens

Dr. Evangelos Sapountzakis is Civil Engineer, Professor at the Institute of Structural Analysis and Antiseismic Research of the Structural Engineering Department of the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He obtained his Diploma from NTUA in 1984 and the MSc and DIC degrees (Concrete Structures) from Imperial College of Science and Technology of London in 1985. He obtained the PhD degree from NTUA in 1991. He has extensive experience (30 years) in the design and analysis of bridge and other large scale structural projects, while since 1996 he has provided consultancy services in various structural and transportation large scale Civil Engineering projects. He has also been a member of the Special Scientific Tender Evaluation Committee for the project: “Study - Construction, Self-financing and Utilisation of the Permanent Bridging Project of Rion - Antirrion”. Apart from NTUA, he is also a Professor of Structural Analysis at the School of Corps of Engineers of the Hellenic Army since 1986 and a member of the Coactive Educational Staff of the Hellenic Open University. His published research work comprises 106 original papers published in international journals, 143 papers published in international conference proceedings, 12 Chapters in books published by International Publishing Companies, and 5 educational books, while he is the editor of 4 Books or Conference Proceedings. He is Honorary Editor, Editor-in-Chief, Academic Editor, Regional Editor, Associate Editor of international journals, member of the editorial board of 20 international journals, member of 50 scientific advisory committees of international conferences, while more than 1600 citations have been noticed in international literature (h-index=22). He is also reviewer of scientific papers in 60 international journals and evaluator of research proposals of Ministries of Science, Research and Development of 3 foreign countries.

Higher-Order Theory for the Analysis of Composite Beams

Laurence Noirez

Laurence Noirez

CNRS Research Director, Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB), Université Paris-Saclay, France

Dr. Laurence Noirez is CNRS Research Director at the Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB), Université Paris-Saclay (France). Working in a Large Research Facility that welcomes around 500 experimentalists per year, Dr. Noirez has a 25 years expertise in neutron scattering, neutron diffraction and instrumentation. Her main developments concern a multiscale structural and dynamic study of simple and complex fluids (microfluidics) taking into account in particular the liquid/surface boundary conditions. Dr. L. Noirez pioneered the use of ceramic composites to improve the measurement of viscoelastic constants of soft matter. She established that liquids are long range elastically correlated and measured their low frequency shear elasticity. She also evidenced the impact of the interaction with ceramic composites on the liquid flow showing in particular that liquids can produce cold. She has published over SCI 130 articles.

Key role of the liquid-ceramic composite interactions to reveal hidden elastic properties in liquids

Xiao-Su YI

Xiao-Su YI

Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials (BIAM), Beijing, 100095, China; ACC Beijing Science & Technology Co., Ltd., Beijing, 101300, China

Dipl.-Ing. (M.S.) 1982 and Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degree 1986 in Material Engineering at University of Paderborn, Germany. Full professor in Polymer Materials and Technology 1988-1998 at Zhejiang University, China, and joined Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials (BIAM) 1998-2011, and AVIC Composite Center (ACC) since 2010. Director of the National Engineering Laboratory of Carbon-fiber Structural Composites and Beijing Engineering Laboratory of Green Composites. Fellow of SAMPE (F. SAMPE), Fellow of Aviation Industry of China (AVIC), Academician of APAM (Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials), Chairman of SAMPE Global China, the executive council member of International Conference of Composite Materials (ICCM) and Asia-pacific Conference of Composite Materials (ACCM). Received SAMPE Fellow Award, ZhouGuangZhao Award, KC Wong Fellowship, Aerospace Laureate Award, Feng Ru Aerospace Science and Technology Award, and China Patent Excellence Award. Publication of about 400 papers, 8 monographs and about 60 invention patents. Research interests in structural composites, polymer materials, functional composites, process engineering, materials modeling and surface technology.

Development of Function-integrated Structural Carbon Composites for Aerospace

Brigitte Defoort

Brigitte Defoort

Airbus Safran Launchers

Brigitte Defoort graduated from ENSAIT (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles) in 1995. She then got a PhD in Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry from the “Université des Sciences et Technologies” from Lille (1999), on the study of curing kinetics of electron beam cured composites. After 2 years spent in the Composite Materials and Structures Center at Michigan State University (USA) working on collaborative projects with Boeing and Lockeed Martin, she joined Airbus Safran Launchers in 2001, where she is now working as an Expert in Materials and Processes. Brigitte holds 20 years of experience in managing polymer and composite developments projects. She has shown a strong technical background on research and development projects, especially on polymer, polymer chemistry, and material for space application, thermosets and thermoplastic based composites, in complex and international projects. B. Defoort is also vice-president of the engineering school ENSCBP (Ecole Nationale de Chimie, Biologie et Physique de Bordeaux) and is deeply involved in the academic world. Her research works led to 16 patents, 25 publications and she presented more than 1000 communications.

Biobased materials for space application