Project description

The objective of my PhD research is to study hybrid composites. A hybrid composite contains two or more fibre types bounded by the same matrix. The use of several types of fibres is made so that the best properties of each fibre type are obtained in a single composite.

Currently, the composite materials industry overdesign their components due to a lack of reliable design methods for composites. My research expects to fill that gap developing a model that predicts the failure of unidirectional hybrid composite materials. After achieving such a model, the best combination of fibres and matrix can be determined, validating the model with experimental results.


PhD researcher at KU Leuven (2016-present).

Integrated Master, Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra, Portugal (2011-2016).

Research interests

Hybrid composites, Numerical modelling of composites; Sports related material development

Personal note

My main activity outside of the research is to do sports. I spent about 10 years practicing rowing, always at a competition level. After ending that part of my life, I’m now more interested in long distance sports, like running marathons or even doing long distance triathlons.

My other hobby is mainly to watch movies and series. Nowadays there is huge trend in watching series and that increases their quality. This makes, for me, very interesting to watch the new productions, which have become more and more interesting.

Latest publications by Francisco Mesquita

Modelling of fibre break development in unidirectional composites under longitudinal bending

27th International Workshop on Computational Mechanics of Materials (IWCMM27), 20-22 September 2017, Leuven

Prediction of tensile stiffness and failure of carbon fibre composite laminae: a multi-scale non-deterministic approach

18th European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM18), 24 - 28 June 2018, Athens, Greece

Ply fragmentation in interlayer hybrid composites modelled directly from the fibre break statistics

European Conference on Composite Materials, 24-28 June 2018, Athens