Location: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Backgroud: Miriam Bartkowiak is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Applied Materials IAM-WK at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany under the supervision of Professor Kay André Weidenmann and co-supervision of Professor John Montesano. She completed her M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at KIT in 2017.
Ms. Bartkowiak is a member of the International Research Training Group GFK 2078 “Integrated engineering of continuous-discontinuous long fiber reinforced polymer structures” (CoDiCoFRP) that aims to contribute significantly to a fundamental understanding of CoDiCoFRP with regards to material properties, simulation, process technology and design strategies (www.grk2078.kit.edu). Her current research focuses on the characterization and modeling of the fatigue behaviour of continuous-discontinuous sheet molding compound composites (SMC). The research involves the adaption of existing testing methods for composite materials like acoustic emission analysis, digital image correlation and in-situ µCT testing to systematically analyse the damage evolution of CoDiCoFRP that affects the macroscopic material behavior.
Title of research: Fatigue damage characterization of continuous-discontinuous sheet molding compounds