A novel approach for multi-scale stochastic modelling of microstructurally rich 3D-printed composites.

Project Details


Composites with rich microstructure cannot be treated with state-ofthe-art approaches as they surpass the scope of the common
simplified theories. The present investigation aims to shed light on
three distinct aspects by studying the microstructurally rich 3Dprinted composites. Firstly, to experimentally quantify geometric
uncertainties and their influence on the macrostructural response.
Secondly, to extract missing microstructural information from
measured homogenised data. Thirdly, to derive innovative analytical
theories on the influence of unbalanced composite laminates and
residual thermal stresses on delamination. Finally, to combine all the
extracted information and establish a novel stochastic analytical and
numerical modelling approach of the elastic and damage response
that accurately correlates microstructural uncertainties with
macromechanical behaviour. The innovative proposal can provide
new solutions to the distinct aforementioned aspects and illustrate a
novel holistic path to the mechanical characterization of
microstructurally rich composites.
Effective start/end date1/11/2131/10/23

Flemish discipline codes

  • Acoustics, noise and vibration engineering
  • Continuum mechanics
  • Short and long fibre reinforced composites
  • Composites and hybrid materials not elsewhere classified
  • Materials science and engineering not elsewhere classified


  • Composite materials
  • 3D-printed composites
  • multi-scale modelling