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Name Professor Michael Wisnom
Job title Professor of Aerospace Structures
Department Department of Aerospace Engineering University of Bristol
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Qualifications BSc(Lond), PhD(Bristol), MIMechE
Professional details
Membership of professional bodies I am Director of the G.E.Aviation-EPSRC University Technology Strategic Partnership on Composites, and of the Rolls-Royce Composites University Technology Centre. I am Editor in Chief and European Editor for Applied Science and Manufacturing of the international journal Composites Part A, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the American Society for Composites and a holder of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. I am also President of the International Committee on Composite Materials.
Keywords failure of composites
finite element analysis
failure mechanisms
failure mechanisms
progressive damage modelling
failure criteria
Areas of expertise I am the Director of the ACCIS research centre. My interests are mainly concerned with failure of composites and the application of finite element analysis to understand and predict the behaviour of materials and structures under load.

- Failure mechanisms in composites

Fibre direction and transverse tension, compression, shear, delamination, bending. Test methods. Notched strength. Size effects. Fatigue. Modelling of failure mechanisms. Micromechanics.

- Finite element analysis

Modelling techniques. Non-linear analysis. Progressive damage modelling. Buckling. Strain energy release rate analysis. Residual stresses and distortions

- Predicting behaviour

Failure criteria. Use of fracture mechanics. Statistical methods. Fatigue crack propagation. Influence of defects. Simulating manufacturing processes.