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Bio-inspired Hierarchical Composite Architectures

Francois focuses on bio-inspired hierarchical composite architectures as a route to implement toughening mechanisms in composite nanostructured interphase and, therefore, provide additional toughness to conventional fibre-reinforced polymer composites. Both continuous and discontinuous fibre composites with a “brick-and-mortar” nanostructure are being investigated, which involves the design and assembly of nanostructure on fibre surfaces and subsequent composite manufacture and testing.


Francois de Luca
PhD student

Prof. Alexander Bismarck
Prof. Milo Shaffer 

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