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).
Composite material damage models; Structural design with composite materials; Fatigue in composites
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 blogs by Luca Martulli
On self awareness, the Dunning-Kruger effect, and why I might be less stupid than I think.
Being satisfied with one's work is extremely important for many reasons. Unfortunately, assessing your own performance might not be so easy. Maybe, this can help improve your overall satisfaction.
On the importance of public scientific outreach
Our public outreach responsible, which is also a ESR, talks about the importance of scientific outreach. A direct experience by a young researchers with a passion for journalism!
Latest publications by Luca Martulli
Pushing the boundaries of carbon fibre sheet moulding compounds: application to thick automotive components
SAMPE Europe 2019, Nantes, France, 17-19 September 2019
Weld lines in tow-based sheet moulding compounds tensile properties: Morphological detrimental factors
Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 2019
Morphology-induced fatigue crack arresting in carbon fibre sheet moulding compounds
International Journal of Fatigue, 2020