Predictive models for composites

Categories: Current Research


We develop finite element framework of different length-scales (micro- and mesoscale) in order to study damage mechanism of continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites. At micro-scale, the size of unit cell (RVE) is determined rigorously by two-point probability function and Hill-Mandell kinematics. Transverse and shear failure in glass/polypropylene at microscale are simulated. Mesoscale models under in-plane tension and out-of-plane (quasi-static indentation) loads are also developed. Strain-rate dependent damage models are proposed in this work. This project is funded by SABIC Europe.



  • Ping Hu (PhD Candidate)
  • Shuai Lu (PhD Candidate)
  • Prof. Gilles Lubineau (PI)
  • Dr. Arief Yudhanto (KAUST Project Manager, PhD co-advisor)

Former member(s):

  • Dr. Ditho Ardiansyah Pulungan (former PhD student)
  • Dr. Angel Mora (former PhD student)
  • Dr. Fei Han (former Research Scientist)
  • Tirupathi Maloth (former MS student)
  • Ahmad Zadi Maad, MS (former visiting student)

Funding agency: SABIC Europe (2014-2017), KAUST Baseline (2018-2019)

  • ir. Recep Yaldiz (Project Manager, SABIC Europe, Geleen, The Netherlands)
  • Dr. Nikhil Verghese (SABIC USA, Sugarland, Texas)
  • ir. Warden Schijve (SABIC Europe, Geleen, The Netherlands)
  1. Ditho Pulungan, Arief Yudhanto, Gilles Lubineau. Characterizing and modeling the progressive damage of off-axis thermoplastic plies: effect of ply confinement. Composite Structures. 246:112397, 2020
  2. Ditho Pulungan, Arief Yudhanto, Shiva Goutham, Gilles Lubineau, Recep Yaldiz, Warden Schijve. Characterizing and modeling the pressure- and rate-dependent elastic-plastic-damage behaviors of polypropylene-based polymers. Polymer Testing. 68: 433-445, 2018
  3. Angel Mora, Fei Han, Gilles Lubineau. Estimating and understanding the efficiency of nanoparticles in enhancing the conductivity of carbon nanotube/polymer composites. Results in Physics. 10:81-90, 2018
  4. Angel Mora, Fei Han, Gilles Lubineau. Computational modeling of electrically conductive networks formed by graphene nanoplatelet–carbon nanotube hybrid particles. Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering. 26(3):035010, 2018
  5. F. Han, T. Maloth, G. Lubineau, R. Yaldiz, A. Tevtia. Computational investigation of the morphology, efficiency, and properties of silver nano wires networks in transparent conductive film. Scientific Reports. 8(1):1-14, 2018
  6. Ditho Pulungan, Gilles Lubineau, Arief Yudhanto, Recep Yaldiz, Warden Schijve. Identifying design parameters controlling damage behaviors of continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites using micromechanics as a virtual testing tool. International Journal of Solids and Structures. 117:177-190, 2017​​
  7. G. Lubineau, A. Mora, F. Han, I.N. Odeh, R. Yaldiz. A morphological investigation of conductive networks in polymers loaded with carbon nanotubes. Computational Materials Science. 130:21-38, 2017