Optimised vascular systems for the in-situ repair of composite T-joints

Jack Cullinan, Michael Wisnom, Ian Bond

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference Paperpeer-review

155 Downloads (Pure)


An optimised vascular network for the in-situ repair of complex composite structures has been presented. Vascular networks can be incorporated into a structure, such that during a damage event they become ruptured and provide access to the damage site for a liquid repair agent. The ability to access and repair damage in-situ is intended to mitigate the need for traditional invasive repair strategies. In this paper a number of novel vascular configurations were examined. Topology optimisation (TOPT) was carried out using 2D thermo-mechanical finite element analysis (FEA) and compared to conventional circular vasculature. Significant increases in vascule volume and surface area were achieved, whilst simultaneously decreasing stress concentrations observed in circular configurations.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2015
Event20th International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM20) - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 19 Jul 201524 Jul 2015


Conference20th International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM20)


  • Repair
  • Self-Healing
  • Vascular
  • Structures
  • T-Joint


Dive into the research topics of 'Optimised vascular systems for the in-situ repair of composite T-joints'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this