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The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Malaysia

Composite materials for aerospace structure design Seminar

17:00 - 18:00
12 March 2015
Lecture Theatre Room 1019

Event details

Carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) composites are increasingly replacing metallic alloys in aerospace structures due to their higher specific strength and better fatigue and corrosion resistance

In this seminar, I will share my working experience as a structure engineer with the European aerospace companies. I worked on the stress analysis of A350 XWB’s belly fairing with Airbus Spain for my Master’s thesis. I also worked on the failure analysis of composite fan blade of the next generation Rolls-Royce’s Trent engine with the Rolls-Royce Composites University Technology Centre (UTC) at the University of Bristol for my PhD. The challenges of designing these two composite aero-structures will be presented and how both mechanical testing and finite element simulation can be used to solve the problems will be discussed.

Speaker information

Dr Khong Wui Gan,is the lecturer of USMC. He graduated with a BEng (First Class Hons) in Mechanical (Aeronautics) Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2007 and won the Dean’s Award (the Best Graduate Award of the faculty). He was then awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to further his postgraduate studies in the European Masters Course in Aeronautics and Space Technology (EuMAS), a two-year double MSc degree course offered jointly by Università di Pisa, Italy and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. Soon after he was awarded a Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award to complete his PhD at the University of Bristol where he studied complex multiaxial loading in carbon-fibre reinforced polymeric (CFRP) composites at the Rolls-Royce Composites University Technology Centre (UTC) in Bristol. Before joining the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus as a lecturer, Khong Wui Gan worked on a 1-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with Rolls-Royce plc at Derby and the Rolls-Royce Composites UTC at Bristol, funded by the UK EPSRC’s Impact Acceleration Award (IAA). He helped develop an analysis tool for the multi-scale damage tolerant design of tapered composite laminates for Rolls-Royce.

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