Professor Weaver’s research interests lie in elastic tailoring for lightweight structures, particularly using anisotropy in structures subject to buckling. Most structures for which buckling is an issue are designed to resist buckling - under such circumstances anisotropy may be used to induce secondary loading that delays the onset of buckling. On the other hand, elastic buckling phenomena may be used to encourage large scale geometry changes. Then, the multistability aspects may be used in shape changing or morphing applications. He has worked with design aspects of composite materials for 20 years having started his career with Courtaulds Aerospace as a sponsored ...
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