Simulations predict health of composite materials from ‘birth to death’

R. Byron Pipes to deliver Hall Engineering Lecture March 30

A globally recognized polymer sciences researcher will deliver the John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture March 30.

R. Byron Pipes, Purdue University

R. Byron Pipes, John Leighton Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Purdue University, will deliver a lecture titled “Simulation in Composites Manufacturing” that explores the integration of sophisticated models to provide a comprehensive simulation of composite materials from their “birth to death,” and the development of additive manufacturing by 3D printing of composites, which has the potential to revolutionize composites manufacturing.

Advanced composite materials are used in everything from skateboards and airplanes to components on the space shuttle. These materials have broad possibilities because of their lightweight properties and unusually high stiffness while also remaining elastic.

The lecture is Monday, March 30, at 4:10 p.m. in Jacobs Believed In Me Auditorium, 134 Featheringill Hall. A reception will follow in Adams Atrium of Featheringill Hall.

“Advanced composite materials have broad, proven applications because of their lightweight properties and high strength. The Boeing 787 commercial airplane is a wonderful example of what this technology can achieve.

“These materials are used to make lighter-weight automotive vehicles, aircraft, wind turbines, natural gas storage tanks and other products. To address this growing opportunity, manufacturing technology based only on past experience must give way to the new paradigms guided by simulation of the complex phenomena that make up composites manufacturing,” said Pipes, a professor in the schools of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering at Purdue.

Pipes is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Engineering Sciences of Sweden. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Composites, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Society for Advanced Materials and Process Engineering.

His academic career includes serving as president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1993 to 1998. He was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Delaware (1991-93) and served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Director of the Center for Composite Materials at Delaware (1977-91).

Pipes was Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the College of William and Mary (1999-2001) where he pursued research at the NASA Langley Research Center in the field of carbon nanotechnology. From 2001 to 2004 he was the Goodyear Endowed Professor of Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron. He join the Purdue faculty in 2004 as the Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering.

He served as one of the first six directors of the National Engineering Research Centers of National Science Foundation, and he has served on a number of National Research Council panels as both member and chair and served two terms on the National Materials Advisory Board.

Pipes is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Gustus L. Larson Award of Pi Tau Sigma and the Chaire Francqui, Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in Belgium. He is the author of over one-hundred archival publications including four books and has served on the editorial boards of four journals in his field.

Pipes received his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and the MSE from Princeton University.

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