Speakers and Attendees


The speakers of the workshop are well-known specialists who are invited by the chairmen. The workshop will be organized to promote a wealth of stimulating discussions. Attendees are invited to take part actively in the discussion sessions with few transparencies.


Prof. Michael Wisnom (ACCIS, University of Bristol, UK)

   Michael Wisnom is Director of the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science. He is a leading expert on the mechanics of fibre reinforced composites, failure mechanisms and finite element analysis, with over 300 published papers. He is Director of the Rolls-Royce Composites University Technology Centre and a member of the steering board of the National Composites Centre. He is Editor in Chief and European Editor for Applied Science and Manufacturing of the international journal Composites Part A, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the American Society for Composites. Professor Wisnom was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2005 and was President of the International Committee on Composite Materials from 2009-2011

Prof. Christophe Bouvet  (Institut Clément Ader, ISAE, France)

   Christophe Bouvet is a Professor at Institut Clément Ader and ISAE Supaéro. His research topics are damage in composite structures with special emphasis on low energy/low velocity impact. He is developing an efficient discrete model which was first applied to impact and is now used to treat in-plane problems. He has published 34 papers  in  international peer reviewed journals (9 in 2013).

Prof. Bruno Castanié (Institut Clément Ader, INSA, France)

   Bruno Castanié is a Professor at Institut Clément Ader and INSA. He is  head of the composites group and leader of the French Collaborative Research Project "Vertex" founded by ANR. His research topics are wide : damage in composite structures, modeling strategies, analysis of structural details, structural testing, manufacturing and machining issues. He has published 26 papers in  international peer reviewed journals and a book on dynamic failure (Springer 2013).

Honorary Chairmen

Pr Didier Guédra-Degeorges  (AIRBUS Group Innovations, France)

   Vice-President of Airbus Group Innovations ,  Head of Technical Capalities Centre : Structure Engineering, Production and Aeromechanic

Thierry Vilain (Dassault Aviation)

   Head of R & D composite primary structures research  projects for Falcon(EU : FUBACOMP, ALCAS, France : CORAC)


Invited Speakers (Industry)

Alain Tropis  (Aerolia, France)

   COO Development Aerolia (Airbus Group). Former Senior Vice President in charge of Structures Competence Centre of Airbus. AlainTropis has 30 years of aviation experience in various ATR  and Airbus programmes  in particular with the introduction of composite carbon technology for outerwing box of the ATR 72, the keel beam for the A340-500/600, theA380 centre wing box and finally the A350 

Dr Michel Mahé  (Airbus)

 Head of A350XWB Virtual Full Scale Test & Major Tests

Senior Expert – Structure Dynamics

 Technical areas : Transient dynamics, Non linear FE, Optimisation

Laurent Risse  (Airbus France)

   Senior Expert Composite Structure Sizing

Dr Jérôme Limido  (Impetus FEA France)

   Research and Development Engineer, advanced computation methods

Invited Speakers (Academic)

Prof. Pedro Camanho  (University of Porto, Portugal)

   Pedro Camanho (MSc in Mechanical Engineering, UPorto, 1995) received his PhD in Composite Materials from the Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London, UK, in 1999. In the same year he joined the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management (INEGI) as Director of the Structural Integrity Unit and the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Porto as Assistant Professor. Since 2008 he has been Associate Professor (Habil.) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Porto.The main research interests of Pedro Camanho are the mechanics of deformation and fracture of advanced composite materials, and new concepts for lightweight composite materials for aerospace applications such as hybrid, variable stiffness and ultra-thin composites. Pedro Camanho has been a Visiting Scientist at NASA-Langley Research Center since 2000, was a Visiting Scientist at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, has coordinated several research projects funded by the European Space Agency, Airbus, NASA, Daimler AG, Aernnova, European Union and US Air Force. He presented invited seminars at several Universities, including Stanford University, Imperial College London, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, TU Delft, TU Munich, TU Madrid, University of Limerick, Oxford University, EPF Lausanne, Monash University, ENS-LMT Cachan. Pedro Camanho is the recipient of the 2006 NASA H.J.E. Reid Award for Outstanding Scientific Paper, of the 2005 Young Researcher in Applied and Computational Mechanics Award from the Portuguese Association of Theoretical, Applied and Computational Mechanics, and the 2005-2009 Engineering Fracture Mechanics Most Cited Articles Award. He has published over 80 papers in international peer reviewed journals that received over 2000 independent citations. His work has been successfully transferred to the industry and services:finite elements implemented by ABAQUS (Dassault Systèmes), materials models implemented in LS-DYNA, failure criteria in HYPERSIZER, ESACOMP and ANSYS, and test methods that are used by both the automotive and aeronautical industries.

Prof. Evgeny Morozov  (ADFA, UNSW Canberra, Australia)

  • Professor, UNSW@ADFA (2007- present)
  • Professor, Division of Engineering Science and Technology, UNSW Asia (2007)
  • Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa (1995-2007)
  • Programme Director, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa (2001-2004)
  • Visiting Professor (Research), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Brunel University, UK (Jul-Dec 2000)
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA (Jan-May 1995)
  • Professor, Department of Aerospace Composite Structures, Moscow State University of Aviation Technology (1990-1995)
  • Deputy Dean (Research), Faculty of Aerospace Composite Structures, Moscow State University of Aviation Technology (1988-1994)
  • Research Associate/Senior Research Associate, Department of Composite Materials and Structures, Moscow State University of Aviation Technology (1977-1990)

   He has published over 70 papers in international peer reviewed journals and four books on composite structures

Prof. Pierre Ladevèze (LMT Cachan, France)

   P. Ladevèze is active in two domains: computational mechanics and the material modeling of composites. He was the initiator of the LATIN method and of the Proper Generalized Decomposition technique, which have paved the way to new high-performance computational strategies. He is also considered as one of the pioneers of model verification and validation using the Constitutive Relation Error method and associated equilibration techniques, which have led to guaranteed error bounds, not only for linear problems, but also for viscoplasticity problems, even in dynamics. His name is also associated with an advanced damage material model for laminated composites. Recently, he introduced the Variational Theory of Complex Rays, a new and promising computational approach to medium-frequency and high-frequency phenomena, which he is continuing to develop. He has co-authored 208 papers which have been published in international scientific journals. He is also a member of the advisory editorial boards of 16 international scientific journals. His scientific research activities revolve around four main topics:

     - Model verification, validation and updating: error estimators and adaptive improvements for linear as well as time-dependent nonlinear finite element analysis; modeling error and identification; lack-of-knowledge theory

     - Modeling and analysis of composite materials and structures

     - Mechanics-based computational strategies for nonlinear problems (the LATIN-PGD method): multiscale strategies and parallel computing

     - Simplified computational methods: exact beam and plate theories; variational theory of complex rays for medium-frequency vibrations.

These problems belong primarily in the mechanical domain, but also expand into the fields of applied mathematics and materials science. Even though this work devotes much attention to the fundamental research aspects, a considerable amount of this research work, including the development of prototype software programs, is conducted in close collaboration with industry, especially the space and aeronautics industries. The practical problems treated are related to the design and the sizing process , and the reliability of the product being designed or built, and can even involve the manufacturing process used for its construction.


Prof. Erdogan Madençi (University of Arizona, Tucson, USA)

Dr Frans Van der Meer (Delft University of technology, The Netherlands)

Dr. Frans van der Meer is a researcher in the computational mechanics group at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. His main research interests lie in the development of robust and efficient methods for analysis of failure of materials and structures, with special attention to fracture of composite laminates. He aims to bring the latest innovations from computational mechanics to the field of virtual testing of composites.

Dr. Van der Meer received his PhD in Delft in 2010 for a thesis on computational modeling of failure in composite laminates. This thesis was awarded as the best thesis of the year on solid mechanics by the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS). After spending one year in France with Prof. Nicolas Moës, he went back to the computational mechanics group of Prof. Bert Sluys in Delft. In 2012, he received a personal grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for research on the micromechanical modeling of delamination in composites.

Dr Endel Iarve (Air Force Research laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton USA)

Distinguished research Engineer,

Prof. Christian Hochard  (LMA Marseille,  France)

Christian Hochard is Professor in the “Department of Mechanics” in Aix-Marseille University. He initiated the activity on laminated composite in the “Laboratory of Mechanics and Acoustic” in close collaboration with Airbus Helicopters. He proposed pragmatic approaches to describe the rupture of laminated composite structures with stress concentration under static and fatigue loads.

Dr Cedric Huchette (ONERA Chatillon France)

C. Huchette is at the head of the unit of modelling and mechanical characterization of composite material in the composite department of Onera.
He has made his PHD Thesis at Onera from 2002 to 2005 on the development of a damage model with physical damage variable (matrix cracking rate, local delamination) and has been hired as research engineer in 2005 in the Onera’s composite department. He has taken the head of the modelling and mechanical characterization of composite material unit in this department in 2010. He is currently working on the damage modelling of composite material (damage, delamination, rupture) and on the bonded joints of composite assemblies.

Prof. Jean-Francois Ferrero (ICA, Université Paul Sabatier,France)

 Jean Francois Ferrero is a Professor at Institut Clément Ader and Toulouse3 university. He is  head of an Research Axes of the composites group . His research topics are wide : Impact on composite structures, damage in composite structures, modeling strategies, structural testing .

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