Project description

The key challenge of my project is to implement and benchmark new models to predict the response of discontinuous fibre reinforced composites. The models will be developed mainly in collaboration with the Imperial College of London, and will be validated using an actual part designed in Toyota Motor Europe (TME). More specifically, I will be dealing with a chassis component made with Sheet Moulding Compound (SMC).

I will conduct a series of tests to study this material’s behaviour when undergoing static and fatigue loading. Using this test campaign results, I will validate, and eventually improve, the analytical models for failure prediction, and implement it in a Finite Element Analysis solver. In this way, a new tool for composite design against static and fatigue loading will be available.


PhD researcher at Toyota Motor Europe and KU Leuven (2017-present).

M.Sc and B.Sc, Aerospace Engineering, University of Pisa, Italy (2010-2016).

Research interests

Composite material damage models; Structural design with composite materials; Fatigue in composites

Personal note

My curiosity is not only scientific, but embrace every aspect of my life: I love travelling across the world, knowing other people cultures, habits and food. I also like to read adventure novels and classics, passion that often makes me explore new worlds when I can’t leave home. Like reading, I like writing: I occasionally collaborate with an Italian scientific website about engineering. Recently I have also started studying and practicing photography, with quite satisfying results.

I am also passionate about history and politics, but when I want to take a break and just relax, I enjoy spending time with friends, hanging in clubs or playing tennis.

Latest publications by Luca Martulli

A thick-walled sheet moulding compound automotive component: Manufacturing and performance

Composites part A, 2019

Carbon fibre sheet moulding compounds with high in-mould flow: linking morphology to tensile and compressive properties

Composites part A, 2019.

Experimental Characterization On The Orientation Dependent Fatigue Response Of Strand-Based Carbon SMC

Seventh International Conference on Fatigue of Composites (ICFC7), 4-6 July 2018, Vicenza (Italy)