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Composites CMRG

Composites CMRG


Consortium Lead: Prof. John Gillespie, Jr. (Univ. of Delaware)

CCDC ARL Lead: Dr. Daniel O’Brien

Model Material: S-2 Glass/Epoxy Interface

Composite materials subjected to dynamic loads are essential examples of high performance systems in the conventional sense. In order to focus on the complexities raised by the interfaces and architectures, S-2 Glass/Epoxy is the model system for the Composites CMRG. The Composites CMRG develops the fundamental understanding of the role of interfaces, component interactions, and composite architecture over the full range of length scales and time scales that are manifested in the system during the dynamic event.

Application: S-2 Glass/Epoxy provides a strong, structural backing system to support protective plates for military vehicles.

Current Consortium Research
  • Characterization of Macroscale Damage in Composite Materials (Aslan, Morgan State)
  • Development of a Rate-Dependent Progressive Damage Model for 2D and 3D Composites in LS-DYNA (Haque and Gillespie, Delaware)
  • Meso-Mechanical Modeling of Canonical Perforation Experiments (Haque and Gillespie, Delaware)
  • Micro-Mechanical Modeling of Progressive Punch-Shear, Punch-Crush & Tensile Behavior of Unidirectional Composites (Haque and Gillespie, Delaware)
  • Micromechanical FE Modeling of Tensile Failure of Unidirectional Composites (Gillespie, Delaware)
  • Molecular Simulations of Sizing Deposition and Interphase Structure in S-Glass/Epoxy Composites (Abrams, Drexel)
  • Multi-scale Modeling of Damage and Failure in Composites (Ghosh, JHU)
  • Multi-Scale Modeling of Fiber-Matrix Interphase (Gillespie and Chowdhury, Delaware)
  • Real-time Damage Visualization in Composites Under Transverse Impact (Chen, Purdue)
  • Sensitivities and Uncertainty Quantification in the Composites Integrative Model Using Surrogate-based Approaches (Graham-Brady, JHU)
  • Synthesis of epoxy networks and interphases with controlled topology (Palmese, Drexel)


Group Members
Consortium PIs
Prof. Cameron Abrams, Drexel
Prof. Kadir Aslan, Morgan State
Prof. Wayne Chen, Purdue
Dr. Sanjib Chowdhury, Delaware
Prof. Somnath Ghosh, JHU
Prof. Jack Gillespie, Delaware
Prof. Lori Graham-Brady, JHU
Prof. Bazle Haque, Delaware
Prof. Giuseppe Palmese, Drexel
CCDC ARL Collaborators
Dr. Jan Andzelm
Dr. Travis Bogetti
Dr. Robert Elder
Dr. Dan Knorr
Dr. Joe Lenhart
Dr. Kevin Masser
Dr. Chris Meyer
Dr. Daniel O’Brien
Dr. James Sands
Dr. Timothy Sirk
Dr. Chian Fong Yen