[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP150100653]
Researchers Dr Garth Pearce; Prof Gangadhara Prusty; Prof Alan Crosky; Mr Steve Georgiadis; Dr Jonathan Gosse
Brief description This study aims to exploit an innovative physics-based approach to predict the strength of textile composites. This is particularly important in areas such as aircraft design, where drastic weight savings are needed to allow designers to remain competitive in a low-carbon future. Improved theory and design tools will remove conservatism and account for a large part of these weight savings. The new approach is the first to be consistent at all length scales — from atoms to aeroplanes — ensuring relevance for new and evolving composite material systems. A novel understanding of crack initiation in textile laminates is intended to reduce design and certification effort for new aircraft and help to design more efficient airframes at a lower cost.
Funding Amount $330,000
Funding Scheme Linkage Projects