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Dr Richard Trask

Reader in Multifunctional Materials

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.

Current Research:

  • 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 – 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.

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Ultrasonic assembly of anisotropic short fibre reinforced composites

Scholz, M. -S., Drinkwater, B. W. & Trask, R. S. Apr 2014 In : Ultrasonics. 54, 4, p. 1015-1019

 

Metal Triflates as Catalytic Curing Agents in Self-Healing Fibre Reinforced Composites

Coope, T. S., Wass, D. F., Trask, R. S. & Bond, I. P. Feb 2014 In : Macromolecular Materials & Engineering. 299, 2, p. 208-218.

Morphing structures using soft polymers for active deployment

Daynes, S, Grisdale, A, Seddon, A & Trask. R. Jan 2014 In : Smart Mater. Struct. 23, 012001

Investigation into failure of laminated composite T-piece specimens under bending loading

Helenon, F., Wisnom, M. R., Hallett, S. R. & Trask, R. S. Nov 2013 In : Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. 54, p. 182-189

Bio-inspired laminate design exhibiting pseudo-ductile (graceful) failure during flexural loading

Malkin, R., Yasaee, M., Trask, R. S. & Bond, I. P. 11 Aug 2013 In : Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. 54, p. 107-116

Control of unstable crack propagation through bio-inspired interface modification

Malkin, R., Trask, R. S. & Bond, I. P. Mar-2013 In : Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. 46, p. 122-130, 9 p.

 

Healing Of Low-Velocity Impact Damage In Vascularised Composites

Norris, C. J., Bond, I. P. & Trask, R. S. 1-Jan-2013 In : Composites: Part A. 44, 1, p. 78-85, 8 p.

Numerical investigation into failure of laminated composite T-piece specimens under tensile loading

Helenon, F., Wisnom, M. R., Hallett, S. R. & Trask, R. S. Jul 2012 In : Composites, Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. 43, 7, p. 1017-1027

X-Ray Damage Characterisation in Self-Healing Fibre Reinforced Polymers

McCombe, G. P., Rouse, J., Trask, R. S., Withers, P. J. & Bond, I. P. Apr 2012 In : Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing.43(4), p. 613 – 620

Predicting self-healing strength recovery using a multi-objective genetic algorithm

Knipprath, C., McCombe, G. P., Trask, R. S. & Bond, I. P. Mar 2012 In : Composites Science and Technology. 72, p. 752 – 759

Influence of process induced defects on the failure of composite T-joint specimens

Trask, R. S., Hallett, S. R., Helenon, F. M. M. & Wisnom, M. R. 2012 In : Composites: Part A. 43, p. 748 – 757

Biologically inspired crack delocalisation in a high strain rate environment

Knipprath, C., Bond, I. P. & Trask, R. S. Apr-2012 In : Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 9, p. 665 – 676

A Probabilistic Approach For Design And Certification Of Self-Healing Advanced Composite Structures

Williams, H. R., Trask, R. S. & Bond, I. P. 2011 In : Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part O: Journal of Risk and Reliability.

Interactions Between Propagating Cracks And Bioinspired Self-Healing Vascules Embedded In Glass Fibre Reinforced Composites

Norris, C. J., Trask, R. S. & Bond, I. P. 2011 In : Composites Science & Technology. 71(6), p. 847 – 853

Mode I interfacial toughening through discontinuous interleaves for damage suppression and control

Yasaee, M., Bond, I. P., Trask, R. S. & Greenhalgh, E. S. 2011 In : Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. 43(1), p. 198 – 207

Mode II interfacial toughening through discontinuous interleaves for damage suppression and control

Yasaee, M., Bond, I. P., Trask, R. S. & Greenhalgh, E. S. 2011 In : Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. 43(1), p. 121 – 128

Self-Healing Fibre Reinforced Composites Via A Bioinspired Vasculature

Norris, C. J., Meadway, G., O’Sullivan, M., Bond, I. P. & Trask, R. S. 2011 In : Advanced Functional Materials. 21(19), p. 3624 – 3633

The Role Of Embedded Bioinspired Vasculature On Damage Formation In Self-Healing Carbon Fibre Reinforced Composites

Norris, C. J., Trask, R. S. & Bond, I. P. 2011 In : Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. 42(6), p. 639 – 648

Self-Healing of an Epoxy Resin Using Scandium(III) Triflate as a Catalytic Curing Agent

Coope, T. S., Mayer, U. F. J., Wass, D. F., Trask, R. S. & Bond, I. P. 20 Dec 2011 In : Advanced Functional Materials. 21(24), 24, p. 4624-4631