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In this project a novel way will be developed to numerically model delamination, debonding and peeling in layered structures using geometrically exact nonlinear beam-type finite elements for the layers, and a mixed-mode CZM for the interface, accounting for rate-dependence and large strains when needed, and implemented within an open-source and free-licence software.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 701032.

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Dr Giulio Alfano
Dr Giulio Alfano - I am Reader in Computational Mechanics at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of Brunel University London, which I joined in 2006 as a lecturer. Between 2001 and 2006, I was a lecturer in 'Scienza delle Costruzioni' (i.e. Mechanics of Solids and Structures) at the University of University of Naples ‘Federico II’. The latter is also my Alma Mater, where I obtained my 5-year degree in Civil Engineering in 1994 and my PhD in Structural Engineering in 1997. Between 1998 and 2001, I was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Aeronautics of Imperial College London. In my research I am interested in modelling the behaviour of materials, solids and structures within and, more often, beyond their elastic limit, combining experimental methods with nonlinear numerical modelling. You can find more details here. The mechanics of solids and structures and its numerical modelling via linear and nonlinear finite element analysis are also the subjects of my teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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Project last modified 14/11/2023