Frederik Van Loock
Post-doctoral researcher
PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge (2019)
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Main project: Deformation and failure of polymeric and metallic glasses
Funding: FNRS
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
Solid mechanics

fracture mechanics
microstructure-processing relationships

Research group(s): IMAP


Recent publications

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Journal Articles

1. Gayot, Sarah; Bailly, Christian; Pardoen, Thomas; Gérard, Pierre; Van Loock, Frederik. Processing maps based on polymerization modelling of thick methacrylic laminates. In: Materials & Design, Vol. 196, p. 109170 (2020). doi:10.1016/j.matdes.2020.109170.

Conference Papers

1. Gayot, Sarah; Van Loock, Frederik; Gérard,Pierre; Pardoen, Thomas; Bailly, Christian. Vacuum infusion of thick glass-fibre reinforced methacrylic composites: computationally efficient modelling of temperature profiles and kinetics during in-situ polymerization. 2020 xxx.

2. Gayot, Sarah; Bailly, Christian; Pardoen, Thomas; Gérard, Pierre; Van Loock, Frederik. A computationally efficient thermomechanical model for the in-situ polymerization of a methyl methacrylate-based resin in a thick glass fiber laminate. In: Proceedings of the ASC 35th Technical Conference, 2020 xxx.

3. Pardoen, Thomas; Morelle, Xavier; Chavalier, Jérémy; Brassart, Laurence; Camanho, P.; Bailly, Christian; Van Loock, Frederik; Lani, Frédéric. Micromechanics of deformation and fracture in highly cross-linked thermosets – Impact on composite modelling. 2020 xxx.

4. Pardoen, Thomas; Morelle, Xavier; Chevalier, Jérémy; Klavzer, Nathan; Van Loock, Frederik; Lani, Frédéric; Brassart, Laurence; Camanho, P.; Bailly, Christian. Towards more predictive composite models. 2019 xxx.

5. 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. 2019 xxx.