Utah Composites Laboratory

The University of Utah

Current Research Projects:

Title: Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design (US-COMP)

PI: Odegard (Michigan Tech), Co-PI (Czabaj)

Sponsor: NASA Headquarters, Space Technology Mission Directorate

Dates: 2017-2022

Title: Investigation and Evaluation of Composite Repair

PI: Czabaj

Sponsor: U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

Dates: 2017-2019

Title: 3D imaging of damage in biaxially loaded composites at cryogenic temperatures using a novel micro-CT experiment

PI: French/Czabaj

Sponsor: NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship

Dates: FY 2017

 

Publications:

1. French J., Rapking, D, Mollenhauer, D., and Czabaj, M. "Development of a Novel In-plane Tension-Tension Biaxial Cruciform Specimen." In Proceedings of the American Society for Composites: Thirty-First Technical Conference. 2016.

Title: Micromechanical testing and modeling of fiber-reinforced polymeric composites

PI: Czabaj

Sponsor: NASA Langley Research Center

Dates: FY 2015-2017

Title: Experimental characterization and computational design of additively manufactured multifunctional nanocomposites

PI: Czabaj

Sponsor: NASA Langley Research Center

Dates: FY 2015-2017

 

Publications:

1. Young, D., Kessler, J., Czabaj, M. "Interlayer Fracture Toughness of Additively Manufactured Unreinforced and Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene." In Proceedings of the American Society for Composites: Thirty-First Technical Conference. 2016.

Title: Determination of Mode I, II, and III delamination toughness and fatigue-growth onset of graphite/epoxy composites

Sponsor: The University of Utah

Dates: FY 2015-2017

 

Publications:

1. Czabaj M., Ratcliffe J., Davidson B. "A Modified Edge Crack Torsion Test for Measurement of Mode III Fracture Toughness of Laminated Tape Composites" In Proceedings of the American Society for Composites: Thirty-First Technical Conference. 2016.

2. Horner  A., Czabaj M., Davidson B., Ratcliffe J. "Three-dimensional crack surface evolution in  mode III delamination toughness tests" Engineering Fracture Mechanics 149, 313-325

3. Czabaj M., Ratcliffe J., Davidson B. "Observation of intralaminar cracking in the edge crack torsion specimen"

Past Research Projects:

Title: Continuous fiber reinforced composite microstructure characterization and representation

PI: Czabaj

Sponsor: Air Force Research Lab (AFRL/RXCC) through subcontract with UES

Dates: FY 2015

 

Publications:

1. Czabaj M., Riccio M., Whitacre W. "Numerical reconstruction of graphite/epoxy composite microstructure based on sub-micron resolution X-ray computed tomography" Composites Science and Technology 105, 174-182

2018 Michael Czabaj (m.czabaj@utah.edu)

Department of Mechanical Engineering