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Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department Faculty

Mechanical & Aerospace EngineeringComposite Modeling & Manufacturing Lab

Discover Our Focus

Our goal is to develop the understanding of how processing of composite materials affects its performance during manufacturing and all the way through the lifetime of composite through the simulation-driven approach coupled with experimental techniques to capture the relevant physical phenomena.

Our research interests are:

  • Process modeling of polymer composites
  • Structure-property relationships in composites
  • Computational micromechanics
  • Mechanical behavior of porous materials
  • Multifunctional composite materials
  • Repair of composites
Composite Modeling & Manufacturing Lab Group Photo

Explore Our Research

  1. O. G. Kravchenko, G. Gedler, D. L. Feke, I. Manas-Zloczower, "Modeling Compressive Behavior of Open-Cell Polymerized High Internal Phase Emulsions: Effects of Density and Morphology," Soft Matter, Vol. 14, pp. 1637-1646, 2018
  2. O. G. Kravchenko, C. Li, A. Strachan, S. G. Kravchenko, R. B. Pipes, "Prediction of the Chemical and Thermal Shrinkage in a Thermoset Polymer," Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol. 66, pp. 35-43, Nov. 2014.
  3. O. G. Kravchenko, S. G. Kravchenko, R. B. Pipes, "Cure History Dependence of Residual Deformation in Thermosetting Composite Laminates," Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol. 99, pp. 186-197, Aug. 2017.
  4. O. G. Kravchenko, S. G. Kravchenko, C. T. Sun, "Thickness Dependence of Mode I Interlaminar Fracture Toughness in Carbon Fiber Thermosetting Composite," Composite Structures, Vol. 160, pp. 538-546, Jan. 2017.
  5. S. G. Kravchenko, O. G. Kravchenko, L. A. Carlsson, R. B. Pipes, "Influence of Through-Thickness Reinforcement Aspect Ratio on Mode I Delamination Fracture Resistance," Composite Structures, Vol. 125, pp. 13-22, 2015.

Dipankar Ghosh

  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3738
  • dghosh@odu.edu

Krishnanand Kaipa

  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-5637
  • kkaipa@odu.edu

3D Digital Image Correlation System (ARAMIS)


DIC analysis during 3-point bending

DIC Analysis Example

Autoclave for composite manufacturing

Autoclave for Composite Manufacturing

Compression Presses:

Hot Press (WABASH, 75 Ton)


Carver Press (11 Ton)

Carver Press

Oven for composite processing:

VERDER Scientific - 120L, 500C

Verder Scientific

Yamato - 60L, 300C

Oven Yamato

Water-jet System


Phase Array Flaw Detector (OmniScan SX)

Omni Scan-SX

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