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Dr Richard Trask

Dr Richard Trask

Dr Richard Trask
BEng, MSc, PhD(Soton)

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Office Room 0.114, ACCIS Office, Queens Building
Advanced Composites Ctre for Innovation & Science,
(ACCIS), University of Bristol BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 33 15845

Summary

Dr Trask is a member of the Aerospace Advanced Composites research group (ACCIS), working in the field of Multifunctional Composites.
 
Research Interests

His field of interest is bio-inspired multifunctional materials covering the areas of damage tolerance and self-healing composite materials. Nature has developed materials, objects and processes that function from the nanocale to the macroscale. The aim of Dr Trask’s work is to mimic nature to develop innovative and ingenious methods of adding functionality to advanced fibre reinforced polymer composite materials.

Current Research:

  • Biologically inspired design features and philosophies found in nacre for advaced body armour 
  • Hierarchical form and design strategies of Euplectella aspergillum (sea sponge) for structural efficiency and damge tolerance of airframe structures
  • Biomimicry of plantae vascules in the development of self-healing composite structures.

Dr Trask is also the Chair of the Scientific Committee – 3rd International Conference of Self-Healing Materials, Bath, UK, 2011.

Biography

Dr Richard Trask received his Ph.D. (Damage Tolerance of Repaired Composite Sandwich Structures) from the University of Southampton in 2004. Currently, he is a Lecturer (funded through the ACCIS Doctoral Training Centre) in the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

His field of interest is bio-inspired multifunctional materials covering the areas of damage tolerance and self-healing composite materials. Nature has developed materials, objects and processes that function from the nanocale to the macroscale. The aim of Dr Trask’s work is to mimic nature to develop innovative and ingenious methods of adding functionality to advanced fibre reinforced polymer composite materials.

Teaching

Lecturer in the ACCIS Doctorial Training Centre

Structures & Materials 3

Structures & Materials 4

Design Group 3

Unit Director of 4th Year Research Project

Keywords

  • Biomimicry
  • Self-Healing
  • Damage tolerance
  • Composites

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Courses

Dr Trask currently teaches 2 courses:

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