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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.

Researcher

Francois de Luca
PhD student

Supervisors:
Prof. Alexander Bismarck
Prof. Milo Shaffer 

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