PhD: University of Girona, Spain
Modelling of non-conventional composites
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Dr. Olben Falcó Salcines completed his studies as Mechanical Engineering in the University of Holguín, Cuba (2000). He then was a member of CAD/CAM Research Center, in the University of Holguín (2001-2008). His main activities there were related to development of web-based systems for distributed product development and manufacturing for SMEs, and the development of a virtual environment for simulation of the turning operations.
In September 2009, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial at the University of Girona as research member of AMADE group in the field of composite materials for aeronautical structures, advanced simulation and experimental characterization. He specialized there in variable stiffness panels: advanced modeling and validation of non-conventional lay-ups, using tow-steered fibers.
In May 2010, he was awarded with a Generalitat de Catalunya FI-Agaur pre-doctoral grant, for the development his PhD studies entitled, “Analysis of Process-Induced Defects on Steered-Fiber Panels for Aeronautical Applications”. His PhD thesis was based on the development a methodology for modeling variable-stiffness panels which takes into account the tow-drop defects. This tool is useful for elasticity and failure analyses as well as progressive damage-analysis with delamination. This thesis also includes, experimental works to investigate the effects of different process-induced defects (over-lap/gap) under in-plane and impact loading. In April 10th 2014, he obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in the University of Girona. Dr. Olben Falcó has published several papers in SCI journals and has made some contributions to both national and international conferences.
Nowadays Dr. Falco is working as a Research Associate in IMDEA Materials Institute for the design and simulation of variable stiffness laminates manufactured by means of advanced fiber placement for aeronautical applications.