Early Stage Researchers

ESR 10: Optimisation of mechanically-fastened composite joints for energy absorption

Jazib Hassan

Project: Optimisation of mechanically-fastened composite joints for energy absorption

Nationality: Pakistani

Host Institution: ULIM


Supervisors:

  • Michael McCarthy (ULIM)
  • Conor McCarthy (ULIM)
  • Sam Wilson (Bombardier)

Start Date: 27 March 2017

PhD Status: Enrolled


Secondments:

  • DLR (Multiple trips in 2018 and 2019, Hosts: Matthias Waimer, Nathalie Toso)
  • Bombardier (1 week, Host: Derek Simpson)

Work Package: 4

Email: Jazib.Hassan@ul.ie

Professional Experience

Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Position: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Early Stage Researcher


  • - Project title: Optimisation of mechanically-fastened composite joints for energy absorption
  • - Areas of research include Design of Experiment (DoE), 3D damage modelling, multi-objective design optimisation and experimental validation
03/2017 - present

Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie IPT, Aachen, Germany

Position: Student Assistant


  • - Material characterisation of glass through 4-point bending tests
  • - Parameter estimation of viscoelastic material
  • - Development of User Material (UMAT) using Fortran
  • - Tools used: ABAQUS, Matlab, Fortran, MS Excel
03/2016 - 03/2017

Institute of Applied Mechanics, RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany

Position: Student Assistant


  • - Parameter estimation of paper fibre through pure normal and shear tests
  • - Implementation of cohesive zone models through User Element (UEL) in ABAQUS
  • - Validation of numerical results with experimental data
  • - Tools used: ABAQUS, Matlab, Fortran
04/2015 - 11/2016

Education

Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
  • Ph.D., Aeronautical Engineering
  • - Project title: Optimisation of mechanically-fastened composite joints for energy absorption
  • - Areas of research include Design of Experiment (DoE), 3D damage modelling, multi-objective design optimisation and experimental validation
2017 - present

Institute of Applied Mechanics, RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany
  • Master of Science, Simulation Sciences
  • - Master thesis: Constitutive modelling of viscoelastic behaviour of glass at high temperature (work conducted in collaboration with Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie IPT, Aachen)
  • - The course was focussed on advanced research methodologies
2014 - 2016

Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering
2008 - 2012

Research Interests

I always had a general interest towards aerospace related technologies. During my undergraduate studies, I focussed my effort towards controls and navigation aspects of aircraft. During my Master studies, I worked on material behaviour characterisation of composites and polymers. My current research position gives me the opportunity to combine my interest in aerospace and material characterisation. Optimisation is a handy tool to further strengthen the design and learning, and this tool will equip me technically. This project also provides me with the chance to learn about practical issues which are encountered in both academia and industry.

Publications

Outreach

MSCA ITN Fellow of the Week in April 2018

 

On 20th April 2018, I was the MSCA ITN Fellow of the Week. My research and dissemination work within ICONIC was highlighted on the Social Media accounts of the MSCA, which can be found here.


Promotion of ICONIC ITN and EU Horizon 2020 MSCA programme in Pakistan

 

I gave a presentation at the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) in Multan (Pakistan) in December 2017, introducing the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA programme and the ICONIC ITN, presenting on the importance of composite materials in the automotive and aerospace industry, and providing an overview of EU research funding opportunities for young researchers. Around 70 Mechanical Engineering Department staff and students, and visitors joined my presentation.


Breaking the Wall of Crash Protection in Lightweight Vehicles at the 1st MSCA Falling Walls Lab in Brussels

 

On 25th September 2017, I participated in the 1st MSCA Falling Walls Lab in Brussels, an interdisciplinary competition between researchers funded by MSCA from all fields, presenting their research ideas in 3 minutes. Read more about my experience in my blog.