Dr Meisam Jalalvand is a specialist in the characterisation and analysis of fibre-reinforced composite materials, such as carbon-fibre and glass-fibre composites. He is expert in the use of both numerical modelling and coupon/component manufacturing and testing to understand these complex materials.
Fibre-reinforced composites, such as those widely used in sectors such as aerospace, automotive, marine, energy and high-performance sports, can be affected by a range of different damage processes. Meisam is able to characterise these materials to help companies understand and predict their behaviour in service, or provide robust data for product design modelling. He has several years of experience of manufacturing and testing fibre-reinforced composites and is aware of their challenging nature when it comes to characterisation, design and failure prediction.
After completing a BSc in mechanical engineering and an MSc and PhD in aerospace engineering, Meisam became a postdoctoral researcher working at the University of Bristol in 2012, and then he started his Fellowship at the University of Strathclyde in 2017. He then joined the University of Southampton in 2020 as Lecturer in Composite Materials and Structures. With experience at the UK’s main composite research centres and strong networks in related industrial sectors, he is up to speed with the latest industry developments and practices.
Through nC², industry can access the specialist expertise to understand how fibre-reinforced composites fail, or predict how they will behave.