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).
Hybrid composites, Numerical modelling of composites; Sports related material development
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 blogs by Francisco Mesquita
FiBreMoD reunites again for the third consortium meeting
Last week was another exciting week in the lives of the FiBreMoD researchers. Another 6 months have passed and the team reunited once more for the 3rd consortium meeting, taking place at the facilities of Siemens PLM, in Heverlee, Belgium.
FiBreMoD at the Marie Curie Annual Meeting
Last Friday, the 5th Marie Curie Annual meeting was held in Leuven. The FiBreMoD project made itself present through the ESR Francisco. “It was a very interesting and insightful experience” – he says.