Currently four skilled researchers are hired for the SPARCARB project
Orestis Vryonis is a Marie Skłodowska -Curie Fellow working in the Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory of the Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) department at University of Southampton. His current research work is on the synthesis of epoxy-based insulation materials, and tailoring of their electrical, thermal and mechanical properties. These materials will find their use as binding polymers in carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) parts of wind turbine blades, resulting in improved lightning protection performance compared to conventional CFRP. Orestis was awarded a Bachelor degree in material science and a Master degree in polymer science and technology, by the University of Patras, Greece. His previous work also focused on the modification of epoxy resin systems with different kinds of nanofillers.
Evangelos Senis is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN research fellow in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. He graduated with a BSc in Materials Science and an MSc in Polymers Science and Technology from University of Patras, Greece. He worked at the Smart Materials and Nanodielectrics Laboratory, on dielectric, thermal and mechanical behaviour of epoxy micro/nanocomposites. His current research interests include the understanding of the electrical and thermal behaviour of carbon fibre reinforced polymers and how they are affected by temperature, current density and mechanical deformation.
Timothy Harrell is a
Marie Skłodowska -Curie Fellow ITN research fellow in the Civil Engineering
department at University of Southampton. He is currently working on
lightning protection of wind turbines with special interest in develop
solutions to mitigate damage on carbon fibre reinforced plastics. He
graduated with his Bachelor and Master’s degree from Tennessee Technological
University studying civil engineering with a concentration in structural
mechanics. His previous work was studying Gröbner basis to solve
analytical solutions to geometrically nonlinear isotropic plates. His
research interest are in composite, full field measurement techniques, and
finite element modelling with particular interest in thermo-electrical and
structural models. His current research project is entitled "Characterisation of lightning strike induced damage in CFC laminates and components for blades."
Tim Harrell started January 1st 2016, and completes his PhD studies January 2019
Andrea Laudani is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow in the department of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic of Turin, while he achieved his Master of Science in Advanced Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield.
During his MSc, he worked on the simulation of damage mechanisms in aerospace composite laminates by means of finite element analyses. Special attention was paid to the delamination damage mode and techniques such as The Virtual Crack Closure Technique, The Cohesive Zone Method and the Extended Finite Element Method (XFEM) were employed.
His current research project aims to predict by numerical simulations the electrical, thermal and mechanical behaviour of wind turbine blade carbon fibre structures when struck by lightning. This will be necessary in order to design an efficient equipotential bond between the wind turbine lightning protection system (LPS) and the CFRP structures able to avoid electrical, thermal and structural degradation.