Composites & Advanced Materials

Current Research
in the Department

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Composite Materials

Research in advanced materials aims to accelerate the pace of discovery, deployment, and recyclability of material systems. Composites—hybrids formed by combining two or more materials—can be tailored to optimize their properties to suit desired applications, offer performance advantages (e.g., stronger and/or lighter), and incorporate multiple functionalities, in contrast to traditional material

Areas of Expertise

  • Stronger, more durable composite membranes for fuel cell hybrid vehicles and stationary power production
  • Modeling and simulation for virtual composite manufacturing and process optimization for large-scale structures
  • Multi-scale modeling of composite structure and performance (e.g., airplane fuselages, automotive hoods)
  • Multifunctional composites for damage detection and structural health monitoring (e.g., pressurized tanks and bridges)

Affiliated Research Centers

Key Faculty

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