Strong and Stable Structures: tiny details and sustainable solutions?

Fibre pullout in a composite fracture surface

  • Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

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The Faculty of Science and Engineering is delighted to invite you to this inaugural professorial lecture, presented by Professor John Summerscales from the School of Engineering.

This inaugural lecture will explore how fibre-reinforced polymer matrix composites enable lightweight, stiff, strong and stable structures with wide application across, amongst others, the transport and energy sectors. 

The talk will focus on three research highlights: 

  • how changes in fibre distribution can significantly affect the strength of the composite: the work reduces each microstructure image to a single real number (fractal dimension) then correlates data to that parameter, 
  • how the fibre area correction factor allows accurate prediction of the 'highly variable' strengths for natural fibre composites, and 
  • whether natural fibre reinforcements are truly the 'green' option relative to glass fibre? 

There is a lot more but insufficient time!

John Summerscales is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Scientist. His career outside academia has included indexing patents and five years on a high-profile defence research project. His experience has evolved through chemistry, physics, material engineering and sustainability issues initially in polymers with a long-term focus on fibre-reinforced composites. His publications include 4 (co-) edited books, 12 chapters in other editors’ books, 3 patents, 72 refereed journal papers and well over 100 conference papers.

This lecture is open to all and light refreshments will be available afterwards.

Lecture starts: 17:00.

Please contact Paula Simson (email: / tel: 01752 584503) to book your place.

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