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CURRENT PROJECTS
Schematic of Ultrasonic Detector L3 Communications, Phase 3—3D Hi Resolution NDT for Composites
Baylor University and Birkeland Current seek to develop a proof of concept ultrasonic detector simulation in order to establish the necessary requirements to develop a three dimensional non-destructive testing (NDT) sensor system capable of determining inter-lamina manufacturing, installation, and use effects for comparison to as-designed and as-analyzed carbon fiber composites structures.
Development of Cement in Casing Collapse Analysis Tool Casing Analysis
Baylor University is developing an analysis tool using large scale finite element simulation analysis to determine the effect of various sheath properties and geometries have on tech collapse pressures or buckling of casing.  The focus will be on the clear description of when an assumed imperfect sheath will be detrimental to the collapse rating.
Micromechanical Model of Viscoelastic Matrix/Fiber Damage
NASA—Advanced Composite Materials Research
Composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) are a critical component of numerous space vehicles, and in particular they are found in a range of subsystems for both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. . It is intended that the models developed on this project will be useful for formulating the stochastic nature of the creep rupture kinetics, and thus for formulating reasonable probabilities of failure of the COPV under various loading histories and ply layup tolerances.
URSA - Investigation of Particulate Motion in Pure Shearing Polymeric Fluids  Sic'em - Rheometer
This research will fabricate an in-situ imaging capability to capture the motion of individual fibers suspended in a fluid. This successful completion of this work will form the basis for future studies and model validation of the constitutive models for short- and long-fiber motion within a polymer melt.
Flexible Fiber Suspension Schmatic
Modeling Flexible Fiber-Motion and Orientation: Comparison Between Classical Rigid Fiber Models and the Rod-Chain Model
This study compares results from the rod-chain model with those from Jeffery’s equation. The trajectories of a single rigid fiber with different initial orientations are studied and results for stiff fibers are shown to correspond with the Jeffery’s model.
URC - Enhancing Performance and Sustainability in Engineering Plastics by Using Natural Fillers Coconut Shell
There is a rapidly growing demand for more renewable (or sustainable) materials for use in consumer products such as automobiles or children’s toys and in building construction materials. This work will determine hardness and particle size and shape of various natural fillers, and these results will serve as inputs to models to predict the enhancement or degradation in stiffness and tensile strength from various fillers. This project is undertaken in conjunction with Whole Tree Inc.
Polycarbonate Master Curve
Characterization of Time Dependent Behavior of Polymeric Composites
It is understood that the incorporation of an additional phase to a polymeric system will alter the glass transition temperature, but it is uncertain a-priori how the inclusion of the carbon or fiberglass for enhanced stiffness will alter the master curve of the composite system.

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