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Mr Daniel Bull 

Postgraduate research student

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Mr Daniel Bull is a Postgraduate research student within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Research interests

  • Aerospace composite materials damage assessment by high resolution computed tomography.

In order to reduce the weight of aircraft composite materials are increasingly being used on primary structures.  One major concern in the aerospace industry with composites is that the material can easily be damaged through impact events such as hail, bird strike, runway debris and dropped tools.

The project aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the failure mechanisms driving impact performance, damage tolerance and damage resistance in Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymers (CFRP) through use of 3D computational tomography and other methods.  The relationship between measurable laminate impact properties such as energy absorbtion on delamination. transverse and 0 degree split growth, and particle contribution to impact resistance and the material's tolerance to impact will be derived.

Research group

Engineering Materials

Research project(s)

Aerospace composite materials damage assessment by High Resolution Computed Tomography

Novel Integrated Imaging Approaches for Damage Characterisation of Composite Materials and Structures

The project aims at developing an idea known as ‘Strain-based NDE’. Here full field imaging techniques are used to capture data that is directly related to the strain caused by the damage to provide prognostic information on the effect of damage in composite materials.

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Mr Daniel Bull
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number: 7/4027/M7

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