Ever José Barbero

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Chairs of Excellence 2012

Ever José Barbero
West Virginia University   EEUU

Ever J. Barbero, BSME-BSEE UNRC (1983), Ph.D. Va. Tech (1989), ASME Fellow and SAMPE Fellow, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University (USA) and Honorary Professor at Universidad Nacional de Trujillo (Peru).

Recognized internationally for his work on material models for advanced materials such as Aerogels, Composites, Self-healing Composites, Superalloys, and Thermoelectrics. Author of "Introduction to Composite Materials Design—Second Edition" CRC (2010) and “Finite Element Analysis of Composite Materials,” CRC (2007), 6 book chapters, over 100 peer-reviewed journal publications, numerous conference papers, and mentor of over 30 MS and 13 Ph.D. graduates currently serving leadership positions in academia and industry worldwide. Holds two US Patents, #6,455,131 (2002) and #6,544,624 (2003).

Received the AE Alumni Academy Award for Outstanding Teaching and numerous research awards. Member of the editorial board of Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures (Taylor and Francis), Annals of Solid and Structural Mechanics (Springer), and Revista Internacional de Desastres Naturales, Accidentes e Infraestructura Civil (Universidad de Puerto Rico).


Project: The aerospace industry faces challenges when trying to simulate impact testing of medium to large size components such as stiffened-skin panels. The project seeks to develop a Discrete Damage Mechanics (DDM) formulation for the simulation of dynamic propagation of damage under impact loads. DDM allows for the development of a semi-analytical constitutive equation, thus enabling computationally efficient implementations into commercial FEA codes.

For quasi-static loading, DDM has been shown to yield a truly mesh-size independent constitutive equation, thus providing a reliable predictive tool. The extension of DDM to dynamic loading will be attempted in collaboration with the research team at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, which has significant experience on impact testing, characterization, and modeling of composite materials under impact.

Stay Period: JAN 12 - JUN 13