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|Frederik Van Loock|
PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge (2019)
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Main project: Deformation and failure of polymeric and metallic glasses
Supervisor(s): Thomas Pardoen
My research work is focused on the deformation and fracture of (glassy) polymeric materials and polymer-based hybrid material concepts such as polymeric foams, adhesive joints, and fibre-reinforced polymer composites. Some current research topics include:
i) The development of a mesoscale constitutive finite element model based on the concept of shear transformation zones (STZs) for glassy materials (polymers and metals). The STZ model allows to predict the complex large deformation response of glassy polymers, including post-yield softening and non-linear unloading behaviour, by calibration of a few parameters via experiments on the polymer of interest. The model also sheds light on the interactions between discrete and elementary distortion mechanisms (and their collective organisation) during plastic deformation of polymeric glasses. Ongoing research with the STZ model includes ageing (and mechanical rejuvenation) of polymers, viscoelastic effects, and the effect of confinement due to the presence of fibres on the constitutive response of glassy polymers. The STZ modelling approach is also being used to study deformation and fracture of confined layers of metallic glasses.
ii) Fracture problems in polymers and fibre-reinforced polymer composites.
iii) The development of a thermochemical model for the in-situ polymerization of a thermoplastic matrix in a fibre-reinforced polymer composite (PhD work of Sarah Gayot).
iii) Fracture problems in solder joints subjected to thermal cycling (PhD work of Vincent Voet).
IMMC main research direction(s):
Processing and characterisation of materials
Research group(s): IMAP
See complete list of publications
1. Van Loock, Frederik; Chevalier, Jérémy; Brassart, Laurence. A shear transformation zone model to predict the deformation and failure of glassy polymers in fibre reinforced composites. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/226305
2. Pardoen, Thomas; Morelle, Xavier; Chevalier, Jérémy; Klavzer, Nathan; Van Loock, Frederik; Lani, Frédéric; Brassart, Laurence; Camanho, P.; Bailly, Christian. Towards more predictive composite models. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/226306