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Giampaolo Ariu

PhD Student

Development of embedded vascular networks in FRP for active/passive thermal management.

My work investigates the feasibility of embedded vascular networks in thick composite laminates for the optimisation of the curing process. This step is carried out through the use of relatively high temperature mediums within the vascular system with the purpose of the homogenisation of the temperature level through the laminate thickness. The main outcome of the project is the reduction of thermal stresses related to the manufacturing process and, therefore, a better mechanical performance during service.

The project requires thermal modelling analysis together with the development of a proof‐of‐concept lab‐scale demonstrator and the functionalization of the host structure for the manipulation of the thermal profile.

I am currently working on the XP (eXtended Project) which is part of the ACCIS CDT program. Prior to this PhD I graduated as BSc Chemical Engineer (Cagliari, Italy, 2010) and MSc Materials Engineer (Trento, Italy, 2013). The latter degree was completed after a 6-month thesis project carried out at Chalmers University (Gothenburg, Sweden, 2012-2013).

Supervisors: Prof Ian Bond, Dr Richard Trask, Dr Andrew Lawrie (Mechanical Engineering).

Industrial supervisor: Adam Bishop (Rolls‐Royce).