The focus of his research is directed towards the development of biologically inspired composite materials and structures, at the interface of engineering-chemistry-biological sciences, specifically targeted towards synthetic fibrous polymer composite materials in high performance applications. Nature has developed materials, objects and processes that function from the nanoscale to the macroscale. The aim of Dr Trask’s work is to mimic these systems to develop innovative and ingenious methods of adding functionality to advanced fibre reinforced polymer composite materials.
- Biologically inspired design features and philosophies found in nacre for advanced body armour
- Hierarchical form and design strategies of Euplectella aspergillum (sea sponge) for structural efficiency and damage tolerance of airframe structures
- Biomimicry of plantae vascules in the development of stimuli responsive self-healing composite structures.
- Morphing structures using soft polymers for active camouflage based on the anatomical structure of cuttlefish papillae.
- Development of adaptive colour change camouflage (linked to Biological Sciences)
Dr Trask is also the Chair of the Scientific Committee â€“ 3rd International Conference of Self-Healing Materials, Bath, UK, 2011.
Dr Trask received his Ph.D. (Damage Tolerance of Repaired Composite Sandwich Structures) from the University of Southampton in 2004. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer (funded through the ACCIS Doctoral Training Centre) in the Department of Aerospace Engineering.