Early Stage Researchers

ESR 5: Thermoplastic self-reinforced composites (SRCs) for energy-absorbing applications

Farzaneh Hassani

Project: Thermoplastic self-reinforced composites (SRCs) for energy-absorbing applications

Nationality: Iranian

Host Institution: QUB


Supervisors:

  • Peter Martin (QUB)
  • Brian Falzon (QUB)
  • Christopher Cameron (SICOMP)

Start Date: 10 April 2017

PhD Status: Enrolled


Secondments:

  • CCPG (3 weeks, Host: Peter Quigley)
  • Bombardier (1 week, Host: Derek Simpson)
  • SICOMP (1 month, Host: Robin Olsson)

Work Package: 2

Email: f.hassani@qub.ac.uk

Professional Experience

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK

Position: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Early Stage Researcher


  • - Project title: Thermoplastic self-reinforced composites (SRCs) for energy-absorbing applications
04/2017 - present

Pishgaman Shadmehr Industrial Group, Tehran, Iran

Position: R&D Engineer


  • - Thermoplastic composite formulation design (Polymeric Masterbatch and Compounds which are semi-finished products, used as additives in plastic products manufacturing)
  • - Production process control
  • - Laboratory test analysis
  • - Warranty services and technical support
10/2013 - 01/2017

Advanced Polymer Trading Fzc., Tehran, Iran

Position: Sales Engineer


  • - Market research on plastic additives
  • - Sales analysis based on customer research and market inquiry
  • - Sales on plastic additives
04/2013 - 10/2013

Education

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK
  • Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • - Project title: Thermoplastic self-reinforced composites (SRCs) for energy-absorbing applications
2017 - present

School of Materials, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  • Master of Science, Polymer Science and Engineering
  • - Master thesis: Impact structures of automotive application: Axial tube-crush testing (in collaboration with Amber Composite and NCCEF)
  • - Grade: Distinction
2011 - 2012

Department of Polymer Engineering and Color Technology, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • Bachelor of Science, Polymer Engineering-Polymer Industries
  • - Bachelor thesis: Monte-Carlo simulation of RAFT copolymerization of polyethylene and polystyrene
2006 - 2010

Research Interests

Composite materials is my main field of research interest. I have worked on composite structures for my Master project and I continued working in the same field for three years in industry. Thermoplastic composites and their processing methods have been my major area of research in the recent years. In my ICONIC research project at Queen’s University Belfast, I am investigating and improving the impact properties of self-reinforced composites which are based on thermoplastic polymers.

Publications

Conference Papers

F. Hassani, P.J. Martin, B.G. Falzon (2018). Investigation on the effect of cooling rate on the mechanical properties of polypropylene self-reinforced composites. ECCM18 - 18th European Conference on Composite Materials, Athens, Greece, 24-28th June 2018 (Oral presentation).

F. Hassani, P.J. Martin, B.G. Falzon (2018). The effect of processing on the mechanical properties of self-reinforced composites. AIP Conference Proceedings 1960(1), 020010, doi:10.1063/1.5034811. - Publication Link

F. Hassani, P.J. Martin, B.G. Falzon (2018). Hot compaction moulding of Self-Reinforced Composites and the Effect of Processing Parameters on their Mechanical Properties. Out of Autoclave Processing of Composites Conference, Belfast, UK, 15th March 2018 (Poster presentation).

M. Khodabandelou, N. Shadmehr, F. Hassani (2016). Study on the fracture behaviour and toughening mechanisms of modified polypropylene by impact modifier masterbatch (SHIP-PP). The 1st International Conference on Masterbatch & Compound, Tehran, Iran, 15-16th February 2016.


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