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Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Multifunctional Composites

Dr. Gaurav Nilakantan




- Dr. Nilakantan is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Multifunctional Composites (click here). This new journal was launched in 2013 and is presently in its 6th issue.



Brief Introduction


I am the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Multifunctional Composites. I currently am a Senior Research Associate in the Mork Family Dept. of Chemical Eng & Materials Sci and the M C Gill Composites Center at the University of Southern California. I hold a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Delaware and Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.





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Research Interests


- Large scale, dynamic, non linear finite element analysis
Simulating the ballistic impact of woven fabrics and textile composites
Material model development of fiber, yarn, fabric, and composite structures
Multiscale modeling of composite materials and structures
Probabilistic computational techniques
- V0 to V100 penetration response of composite armor
- Experimental and statistical characterization of composite materials
- Preprocessors to automatically create FE models of textile composites

- Fiber-matrix interface characterization and modeling
- Permeability modeling of textile composites

- Sustainable manufacturing of composites using OOA-VBO prepregs

- Defect reduction and manufacture of complex shapes using OOA-VBO prepregs

- Recycling, and re-use or upcycling of prepreg scrap and waste

- Dielectric cure monitoring of prepreg composites

- Adaptive tooling for VBO composites manufacturing

- Characterization and modeling of sandwich structures
- Impact simulations and Crashworthiness using LS-DYNA

- Synthesis and modeling of steel foams
Dynamic axial crushing of cylindrical shells
Occupant survivability during crash, mine blast
Energy absorbing structures
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Professional Affiliations and Memberships


- American Society for Composites (ASC)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
- International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM)
- International Ballistics Society (IBS)
- Sigma Xi
- Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE)
- Textile Institute
- The American Ceramic Society (ACerS)

- The Fiber Society
- United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM)

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