People



Current PhD Students

Hauke Maathuis (TU Delft)

Topic: Aeroelastic tailoring

Alex Pereira do Prado (TU Delft)

Topic: Aeroelastic tailoring

Mohamed Elalfy (TU Delft)

Topic: Post buckling in low-fidelity aeroelastic tailoring

Shreyas Anand (TU Delft)

Topic: Design for Crashworthiness

Hammad Rahman (TU Delft)

Topic: Simultaneous layout and sizing optimization of wing structures

Eva Smeets (TU Delft)

Topic: Modelling and design of ultrasonically spot-welded joints

Yanwei Zhang (visiting PhD from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China)

Topic: Reliability-based design and optimization of flapping wings










Current Master Students


Rafael Pereira da Silva (with Prof. Bussamra, ITA, Brazil)

Topic: Design for post-buckling

Jonas Bertholdt (with GKN Fokker)

Topic: Design for crashworthiness, bird strike, compliant structures for maximum elastic energy absorption

Rolijne Pietersma

Topic: Design of lightweight imperfection-insensitive shells

Marloes Nanninga (with Roelof vos)

Topic: Simultaneous structural layout and sizing optimization of the Flying-V

Ioan Bîrgăoanu-Acăei (with Calvin Rans)

Topic: Validation of DIC-based crack propagation

Bruno Ilves

Topic: Design of reusable lightweight space structures

Akshay Kulkarni

Topic: Design methodology and optimization of kick-stage structures

Sankalp Bangera

Topic: Reliability-based design and analysis of variable-stiffness wings applied to the Flying-V

Marco Desiderio (with René Alderliesten)

Topic: Methodologies for preliminary crashworthiness assessment with high-fidelity models applied to unconventional aircraft

Rutger Voeten

Topic: Design methodology for pylon structures of unconventional aircraft applied to the Flying-V


Current Honours Students

Damien Keijzer

Topic: Multi-disciplinary optimization of a long-range eVTOL aircraft under uncertain mission parameters

Former PhD Students

Higor Luis Silva (visiting PhD from the University of Uberlândia)

Topic: Aeroelastic analysis and optimization of advanced composite structures

SILVA, Higor Luis. Structural and aeroelastic design and optimization of truss-based modular wing structures. 2022. 179 f. Tese (Doutorado em Engenharia Mecânica) - Faculdade de Engenharia Mecânica, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, 2022. DOI http://doi.org/10.14393/ufu.te.2022.345.





Zhihua Wang (visiting PhD from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China)

Topic: Reliability-based design and optimization of advanced composite structures


Zhihua Wang, José Humberto S. Almeida Jr., Luc St-Pierre, Zhonglai Wang, Saullo G. P. Castro. "Reliability-based buckling optimization with an accelerated Kriging metamodel for filament-wound variable angle tow composite cylinders". Composite Structures, Vol. 254, 2020. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2020.112821
Castro, S. G. P., Almeida, J. H. S., Jr., St-Pierre, L., & Wang, Z. "Measuring geometric imperfections of variable-angle filament-wound cylinders with a simple digital image correlation setup". Composite Structures, 2021. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2021.114497
José Humberto S. Almeida Jr., Luc St-Pierre, Zhihua Wang, Marcelo L. Ribeiro, Volnei Tita, Sandro C. Amico, Saullo G. P. Castro. "Design, modeling, optimization, manufacturing and testing of variable-angle filament-wound cylinders". Composites Part B, 2021. 10.1016/j.compositesb.2021.109224
Zhihua Wang, José Humberto S. Almeida Jr., Aravind Ashok, Zhonglai Wang, Saullo G. P. Castro. "Lightweight design of variable-angle filament-wound cylinders combining Kriging-based metamodels with particle swarm optimization". Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 2022. 10.1007/s00158-022-03227-8


Former Master Students

Paolo Minigher (TU Delft)

Title: Shape Sensing and Load Reconstruction for Static and Dynamic ApplicationsSupervisor: Saullo G. P. Castro,Co-supervisor: Janto Gundlach (DLR)Defense: 05/August/2022


Dataset:

Paolo Minigher, Janto Gundlach, Saullo G. P. Castro. ISTAR Demo Wing Abaqus Model [Data set]. Zenodo, 2022. 10.5281/zenodo.7030874


Sam van Elsloo (TU Delft)

Title: Proposal and Validation of an Immersed Interface Method applied to the Lattice-Boltzmann MethodSupervisors: Saullo G. P. Castro, Alexander van ZuilenDefense: 27/June/2022

Irene Solbes Ferri (TU Delft)

Title: Dynamic continuous fiber optical strain sensing for damage diagnosis on beam-like composite structuresSupervisors: Saullo G. P. Castro, Roger GrovesCo-supervisor: Johannes Knebusch (DLR)Defense: 10/February/2022

Thom Dotman (TU Delft)

Title: "A structural sizing methodology for the wing-fuselage of the Flying-V"Supervisors: Saullo G. P. Castro, René AlderliestenDefense: 16/December/2021

Aravind Ashok (TU Delft)

Title: "Bayesian Optimization for Lightweight Design of Variable Stiffness Composite Cylinder"Supervisor: Saullo G. P. CastroDefense: 22/October/2021

Zhihua Wang, José Humberto S. Almeida Jr., Aravind Ashok, Zhonglai Wang, Saullo G. P. Castro. "Lightweight design of variable-angle filament-wound cylinders combining Kriging-based metamodels with particle swarm optimization". Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 2022. 10.1007/s00158-022-03227-8

Harshavardhan Vijaya Kumar (TU Delft)

Title: "Modularization of topology optimized structures: An image moment approach"Supervisors: Sergio Turteltaub, Saullo G. P. CastroCo-supervisor: Ad Eijkelenboom (SAFRAN)Defense: 28/September/2021

Deacon Foulds (TU Delft)

Title: "Validation of Breathing Modes in Wind Turbine Blade Finite Element Models"Supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. CastroCo-supervisors: Janto Gundlach (DLR), Johannes Knebusch (DLR)Defense: 20/August/2021

Dataset:
Deacon Foulds, Johannes Knebusch, Janto Gundlach, Saullo G. P. Castro, Yves Govers. SmartBlades 2.0 Rotor Blade Nastran Models (Version 2021-11-26) [Data set]. Zenodo, 2021. 10.5281/zenodo.5729717.

Tulio Gomes de Paula Machado (ITA - Aeronautics Institute of Technology)

Title: "Design and optimization of wing stiffened panels using variable stiffness laminates with coupled variable thickness"Supervisor: Prof. Dr. José Antônio HernandesCo-supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. CastroDefense: 31/March/2020

Machado, T. G., Hernandes, J. A., Capacia, V., and Castro, S. G., 2021, “Design of Compressed Variable Stiffness Panels with Steering-Thickness Coupling,” AIAA Scitech 2021 Forum, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, Virginia. View/Download Watch Presentation
Rogério Rodrigues dos Santos, Tulio Gomes de Paula Machado, Saullo G. P. Castro. "Support Vector Machine Applied to the Optimal Design of Composite Wing Panels". Aerospace, 2021. 10.3390/aerospace8110328

Thomas Janssens (TU Delft)

Title: “Semi-analytical modelling of VAT laminates with cut-outs: Behaviour of discontinuous variable stiffness laminates using Enriched Rayleigh-Ritz method”Supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. CastroDefense: 07/February/2020

Janssens, T. A., and Castro, S. G., 2021, “Semi-Analytical Modelling of Variable Stiffness Laminates with Cut-Outs,” AIAA Scitech 2021 Forum, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, Virginia. View/Download Watch Presentation

Lander Vertonghen (TU Delft)

Title: “Semi-Analytical Buckling and Optimisation of Variable Stiffness, Variable Thickness Laminates”Supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. CastroDefense: 13/December/2019


Lander Vertonghen, Saullo G. P. Castro. "Modelling of fibre steered plates with coupled thickness variation from overlapping continuous tows". Composite Structures, 2021. View/Download

Victor Capacia (ITA - Aeronautics Institute of Technology)

Title: “Optimization of post-buckling composite wings using lamination parameters in Lagrange mapped domains”Supervisor: Prof. Dr. José Antônio HernandesCo-supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. CastroDefense: 22/May/2018

Capacia, Vi., Almeida, S. F., and Castro, S. G., 2021, “Circumferential and Radial Lamina Application for Natural Frequencies Problems,” AIAA Scitech 2021 Forum, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, Virginia. View/Download Watch Presentation Victor N. Capacia, José A. Hernandes, Saullo G. P. Castro. "Composite panel optimization using lamination parameters and inverse distance weighting interpolation". Proceedings of the 25th ABCM International Congress of Mechanical Engineering (COBEM 2019). Brazil, Uberlândia-MG. DOI: 10.26678/ABCM.COBEM2019.COB2019-1745, 2019. View/Download



Dalton Assumpção Leite (ITA - Aeronautics Institute of Technology)

Title: “Estabilidade aeroelástica de painéis laminados de material compósito sujeitos a cargas de cisalhamento”Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Maurício Vicente DonadonCo-supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. CastroDefense: 28/February/2018

Marcelo de Lima Marcolin (ITA - Aeronautics Institute of Technology)

Title: “Fatigue analysis for frequency response with multiple loads and events”Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Maurício Vicente DonadonCo-supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. CastroDefense: 27/February/2018

Raul Baston Olympio (ITA - Aeronautics Institute of Technology)

Title: “Nonlinear Finite Element Formulation for Composites Morphing Beams with Embedded Piezoelectric Layers”Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Maurício Vicente DonadonCo-supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. CastroDefense: 11/October/2017

Raul Olympio, Mauricio V. Donadon, Saullo G. P. Castro. "An active-passive nonlinear finite element model for electromechanical composite morphing beams". 31st Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, ICAS 2018 (2018). Belo Horizonte, Brazil. View/Download

Odeny Dias de Matos Júnior (ITA - Aeronautics Institute of Technology)

Title: “Aeroelastic Behavior of Stiffened Composite Laminated Panel with Embedded SMA Wire Using the Hierarchical Finite Element Method”Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Maurício Vicente DonadonCo-supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. CastroDefense: 23/February/2017

Odeny Dias de Matos Junior, Mauricio V. Donadon, Saullo G. P. Castro. "Aeroelastic Behavior of Stiffened Composite Laminated Panel with Embedded SMA Wire using the Hierarchical Rayleigh–Ritz Method". Composite Structures, Vol. 181, Pages 26-45, December, 2017. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2017.08.060

Diego Daroz Ayusso (ITA - Aeronautics Institute of Technology)

Title: “The Effects of Stiffener Imposed Warping Constraints on the Aeroelastic Behaviour of Reinforced Composite Panels”Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Maurício Vicente DonadonCo-supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. CastroDefense: 21/March/2016

Guilherme Pedroso Pires Abreu (ITA - Aeronautics Institute of Technology)

Title: “Local Buckling Optimization of Composite Wing Panels with Advanced Constraints via Nastran’s SOL 200 with a Structure and Finite Element Model Manager Tool”Supervisor: Prof. Dr. José Antônio HernandesCo-supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. CastroDefense: 21/March/2016

Guilherme P. P. Abreu, Saullo G. P. Castro, José A. Hernandes. "A tool for local buckling optimization of composite panels using NASTRAN® SOL 200", Proceedings of the 24th ABCM International Congress of Mechanical Engineering (COBEM 2017). Brazil, Curitiba-PR. doi://10.26678/ABCM.COBEM2017.COB17-2396, 2017. View/Download

Alexandre Moreto Massoca (ITA - Aeronautics Institute of Technology)

Title: "Otimização de uma asa multi-longarinas em compósito com restrições de manufatura"Supervisor: Prof. Dr. José Antônio HernandesCo-supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. CastroDefense: 14/January/2014

Vinicius Leite Lemos (ITA - Aeronautics Institute of Technology)

Title: "A two-step approach for structural optimization of blended composite wing-box""Supervisor: Prof. Dr. José Antônio HernandesCo-supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. CastroDefense: 02/December/2013

Vinicius L. Lemos, Saullo G. P. Castro, José A. Hernandes. "Integrating automatic zone modeling with GA in a two-step approach for structural optimization of a composite wing". Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Engineering Optimization (ENGOPT), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. July 1 - 5, 2012. View/Download Poster View/Download

Vinicius Magalhaes Cunha (ITA - Aeronautics Institute of Technology)

Title: "Envelope de cargas em interiores de aeronaves"Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Flávio Luiz de Silva BussamraCo-supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. CastroDefense: 04/March/2013

Johannes Solaß (Bauhaus-University Weimar)

Title: "Investigation of buckling behavior of carbon fiber reinforced composite shell structures with respect to imperfections"Advisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Carsten KönkeCo-advisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Richard DegenhardtDaily-supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. CastroDefense: 29/November/2012

Annemarie Herrmann (Bauhaus-University Weimar)

Title: "Investigation of buckling behavior of carbon fiber-reinforced composite shell structures with openings"Advisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Carsten KönkeCo-advisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Richard DegenhardtDaily-supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. Castro, Dr. Mariano ArbeloDefense: 29/November/2012

Mariano A. Arbelo, Annemarie Herrmann, Saullo G. P. Castro, Regina Khakimova, Rolf Zimmermann, Richard Degenhardt. "Investigation of buckling behavior of composite shell structures with cutouts". Applied Composite Materials, November, 2014. 10.1007/s10443-014-9428-x



Thiago Augusto Machado Guimarães (ITA - Aeronautics Institute of Technology)

Title: "Modelagem de zonas de laminação e otimização da sequência de empilhamento em estruturas de materiais compostos "Supervisor: Prof. Dr. José Antônio HernandesCo-supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Saullo G. P. CastroDefense: 04/August/2010

Thiago A. M. Guimaraes, José A. Hernandes, Saullo G. P. Castro. "A two-step approach to multi spar composite vertical empennage structure optimization". Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Engineering Optimization (ENGOPT), Lisbon, Portugal. September 6 - 9, 2010. View/Download
Thiago A. M. Guimaraes, José A. Hernandes, Saullo G. P. Castro. "Multi spar composite vertical empennage structure optimization". Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Engineering Optimization (ENGOPT), Lisbon, Portugal. September 6 - 9, 2010. View/Download
Saullo G. P. Castro, Thiago A. M. Guimaraes, José A. Hernandes. "Comparison of free stacking sequence approach (T-THETA) versus a predefined 0/+45/-45/90 sequence in a typical aircraft wing optimization". Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Engineering Optimization (ENGOPT), Lisbon, Portugal. September 6 - 9, 2010. View/Download Poster View/Download
Saullo G. P. Castro, Thiago A. M. Guimaraes, José A. Hernandes. "Composite optimization performance comparison between Genesis's BIGDOT and modeFRONTIER's MOGA II algorithms". Proceedings of the VI Congresso Nacional de Engenharia Mecânica (CONEM), Campina Grande-PB, Brazil. August 18 - 21, 2010. View/Download Poster View/Download

Former Honours Students


Raphael Ummels

Topic: Design and optimization of advanced composite structures

Raphael Ummels, Saullo G. P. Castro. "Overlap-stiffened panels for optimized buckling performance under minimum steering radius constraints". Composites Part C, 2021. 10.1016/j.jcomc.2021.100174