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
Busy weeks for FiBreMoD ESR’s
The last few weeks have been very busy for FiBreMoD as we start showing our results at the conferences of this year. From 25 to 28 of June at ECCM18 in Greece and from 4 to 6 of July at ICFC7 in Italy.
Why aren't scientists good communicators?
Last week I attended ECCM, the European Conference on Composite Materials, for the first time in my career. This is the largest conference of the year, and so, more than 1000 researchers were there, presenting their work. From the presentations I was able to see, I have to say that the level disappointed me a little. Not because of the content, but the delivery of the message. So that made me wonder: why aren’t scientists good communicators?
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