Plenary Lectures

The plenary speakers of the 21st International Conference on Composite Structures are listed in the following.

Aurelio Araujo

Aurelio Araujo

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Aurélio Araújo holds a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently part of the Structural and Computational Mechanics Group of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa. His research interests are shared between structural modeling and optimization in multifunctional and adaptive composite structures and also identification of material parameters in advanced structures. He has authored more than 40 papers in international journals, about 100 communications in international conferences, two book chapters and has edited 14 books or special issues of international journals. He is member of the editorial board of four international journals in the field of composites and advanced structures.
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Multifunctional Adaptive Sandwich Structures: Modeling and Optimization

Raimondo Luciano

Raimondo Luciano

University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy

Raimondo Luciano was born in Naples, August 30, 1965. Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Naples in 1987 "cum laude". 1990-1991: Technical Research at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Roma "Tor Vergata". 1991-1998: Assistant Professor of Strength of Materials at the Department of Industrial Engineering of University of Cassino.1993-1994: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University of Morgantown (U.S.A). 1998-2009: Visiting  
Assistant  Professor,  Department of  Applied  Mathematics  and  Theoretical Physics, Cambridge University of Cambridge (U.K.). 1998-2000: Associate Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics at the Department of Mechanics, Structures, Environmental and Territory of University of Cassino. 2000- currently: Full Professor  of Solid and Structural Mechanics  at  the  Department  of  Mechanics, Structures, Environmental and Territory (now DICeM) of the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio. The main researches of Raimondo Luciano are related to the Computational Mechanics of Structures and of Materials. He has published more than 150 papers on National and International Journals or Conferences. He has developed several FE codes (in Fortran, Visual Basic, C++, Feap by R. Taylor) for the nonlinear analysis of structures by implementing nonlinear 2D and 3D elements (tetrahedrons with possible discontinuities at the interfaces, wedge-shaped elements, contact, etc.) in plasticity, damage mechanics and in the hypotheses of large displacements. Further he developed codes in order to estimate the lower and upper bound limit analysis of structures (masonry arches and buildings). He has developed formulas by using Maple and Mathematica. He was the  
President of the National Committee of the MIUR for the PRIN Grants 2015 (http://prin.miur.it/): 1483 project proposals requesting € one billion as funding; 95 projects selected to receive PRIN funding. He was one of the four professors in the National Committee for Italian national qualification (ASN of MIUR) for Full and Associate professors in 08/B2 competitive sector. He was in several Committees for Full (Parma), Associate professor (Parma, Padova) or TD Researcher (Lecce, Padova, Roma La Sapienza, Perugia, Pisa, etc.). He was the Dean of the Civil Engineering of University of Cassino and Southern Lazio. He has collaborated for the realization of the Italian Design Guidelines CNR DT/2000 and many others for the use of composite materials in Civil Engineering. He has collaborated for the realization of the Italian Design Guidelines: NTC 2008. He was in several Scientific Committees for National and International Conferences. He is member of the editorial board of several international journals, such as Composites Part B and Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures.

Nonlocal models for micro- and nano-composites

Andreas Echtermeyer

Andreas Echtermeyer

NTNU-Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Andreas Echtermeyer is Professor for composites and polymers in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Trondheim. He is also head of the materials group. He joined the university full time in 2008 after having been an adjunct professor since 2003. Previously he worked for Det Norske Veritas (DNV) as senior principal engineer in the section “Structural Integrity and Laboratories” and was responsible for composites and polymers in offshore applications. He continues to be a consultant for DNV. He received his PhD in Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Diploma in Physics from the Technical University of Munich.

Scientific research areas are (among others): composite materials and polymers: mechanical short and long term properties, material modeling, multiscale modeling and structural design, composite to metal and multi-material interfaces, buoyancy materials, marine and offshore applications, development and qualification of new technology, fabrication methods, monitoring methods, quality assurance, development of design standards. He has 18 years of industry experience with composite applications. He is author or co-author of more than 90 articles and more than 200 technical reports. He was the main contributor and responsible for the development of DNV’s offshore standards for composites offshore, composite risers and thermoplastic composite pipes. He was further heavily involved in the development of the rules for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) composite pressure vessels for ships, of the ISO standard update for umbilicals, the Recommended Practice for adhesive joint technology for repair of metal structures and of the Recommended Practice for Qualification of New Technology. He has been project manager or responsible of many national and international research projects as well as industrial development projects.

Challenges of using composite materials in subsea oil and gas applications

Francesco Tornabene

Francesco Tornabene

University of Bologna, Italy

Francesco Tornabene was born in Bologna, January 13, 1978. School-leaving examination in a classical liceo achieved at Liceo Classico San Luigi in Bologna in 1997. Patent for Industrial Invention: Friction Clutch for High Performance Vehicles Question BO2001A00442 filed on 13/07/2001 in National Patent Bologna (Italy). Assignees: Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna. Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Course of Studies in Structural Mechanics) obtained at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna on 23/07/2003. Thesis Title (in Italian): Dynamic Behavior of Cylindrical Shells: Formulation and Solution. First position obtained in the competition for admission to the PhD in Structural Mechanics at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna in December 2003. Winner of the scholarship, Carlo Felice Jodi for a degree in Structural Mechanics in 2004. Adjunct Professor (Tutor Contract) for activities of supporting the teaching of Scienza delle Costruzioni (Structural Mechanics) L, for the course in Civil Engineering, at Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, a.a. 2005/2006. Adjunct Professor (Tutor Contract) for activities to support the teaching of Scienza delle Costruzioni (Structural Mechanics) L, for the course in Civil Engineering, at Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, a.a. 2007/2008. PhD in Structural Mechanics at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna on 31/05/2007. PhD Thesis Title (in Italian): Modeling and Solution of Shell Structures Made of Anisotropic Materials. Owner of the research grant entitled: Unified Formulation of Shell Structures Made of Anisotropic Materials. Numerical Analysis Using the Generalized Differential Quadrature Method and the Finite Element Method from January 2007 to January 2009 at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna. Adjunct Professor (Tutor Contract) for activities to support the teaching of Mechanical Design and Laboratory T C.I., for the Degree in Mechanical Engineering, at Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, a.a. 2010/2011. Winner of the Senior research grant entitled: Design for Recycling Methodologies Applied to the Nautical Field from February 2011 to October 2011 at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna. Junior researcher for the research program entitled: Advanced Numerical Schemes for Anisotropic Materials from December 2011 to January 2012 at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna. Research Activities in collaboration with Foreign and National University Professors. Author of the books entitled: Mechanics of Shell Structures Made of Composite Materials. The Generalized Differential Quadrature Method, Esculapio, Bologna, 2012 (in Italian); Mechanics of Laminated Composite Doubly-Curved Shell Structures. The Generalized Differential Quadrature Method and the Strong Formulation Finite Element Method, Esculapio, Bologna, 2014. Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journals: Journal of Computational Engineering and International Scholarly Research Notices since 2013, Advances in Aircraft and Spacecraft Science and Mathematical Problems in Engineering since 2014. Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal Curved and Layered Structures. Member of Scientific Committee, Promoter and Secretary of CIMEST Center, Center for Studies and Research on the Identification of Materials and Structures - “Michele Capurso” - at the Department DICAM of the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, since 2005. Author of more than ninety research papers since 2005.

Higher-order Formulations for the Mechanical Analysis of Doubly-Curved Shell Structures Made of Advanced and Innovative Materials

Johannes Michael Sinapius

Johannes Michael Sinapius

Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany

since 2011: Full Professor for Adaptive Systems at the Technische Universität Braunschweig and Head of the Institute of Adaptronics and Functional Integration, Member of the Directorate of the Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems (German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
2003-2011: Deputy Director of the Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems (German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
2003: Appointment as Full Professor for Adaptive Lightweight Construction at the University Otto-von-Guericke, Magdeburg
1989-2003: Scientist at the Institute of Aeroelasticity, German Aerospace Centre (DLR), focus of structural dynamics

Recent Advances in Nanotechnology for Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites