Composites Analysis and Mechanics

Our ambition is to develop a better understanding of the damage evolution of composite materials.

By establishing design and maintenance tools that account for blade damage, we can contribute to the development of new improved composites materials and more accurate assessment of damages in blades in service. This will result in yet larger wind turbine rotor blades, and extend the life of most blades well beyond the original design, leading to a higher energy production.

We perform mechanical testing while using sensors and non-destructive techniques to detect damage. We use scanning electron microscopy and X-ray tomography to characterize damage at the micro- and macroscale. We perform fracture mechanics modelling to predict macroscale damage from microscale parameters.


  • Solid mechanics 
  • Composite mechanics 
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Damage detection
  • Damage characterization
  • Computational materials science
  • Fractography


  • Micromechanics
  • Analytical modeling
  • Cohesive zone modelling
  • Acoustic emission
  • Ultrasound scanning
  • Microscale sample design
  • Microscale testing
  • X-ray tomography
  • Quantitative image analysis
  • Finite element modelling
  • Impact simulation
  • Damage modelling
  • Electron microscopy

Research area & applications

  • Composites failure analysis 
  • Damage evolution 
  • Damage modelling
  • Advanced materials models
  • NDT of composites 
  • Structural health monitoring
  • New composite materials
  • Leading edge erosion
  • Life extension of blade
  • Repair of blades  
  • Improved test specimens  
  • Coatings, Adhesives and bondlines
  • Nano-composite materials