Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University
ASTM International’s Wayne Stinchcomb Award for exceptional contributions to the field of composite materials
· Delamination growth in laminated composite materials and structures
· Durability and damage tolerance of composite structures
Professor Davidson’s primary area of research focuses on delamination growth in advanced polymeric composites, and includes the development of test methodologies to measure delamination resistance, experimental studies to examine the dependence of toughness on the loading and environmental conditions, and theoretical work to develop analytical and computational approaches to predict delamination growth in practical structural geometries. His delamination growth prediction methodologies have been adopted by Boeing in the design of the new 787 “Dreamliner” passenger jet and in a variety of rotorcraft and automotive applications. Professor Davidson’s research work has been supported by NASA, the FAA, the Empire State Development Corporation, the AT&T Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, the National Institutes of Health, United Technologies Corporation and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Director, Syracuse University Composite Materials Laboratory (SU-CML)
Composite materials, fracture mechanics, advanced structural mechanics, aerospace structural design
Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, Statics, Mechanics of Deformable Bodies, Aerospace Design, Composite Materials, Failure Analysis of Composite Materials, Fracture Mechanics
Davidson, B.D. and Sediles, F.O., “Mixed-Mode I-II-III Delamination Toughness Determination Via a Shear-Torsion-Bending Test,” Composites Part A, Vol. 42, No. 6, 2011, pp. 589-603.
Singh, A.K. and Davidson, B.D., “Effects of Temperature, Seawater and Impact on the Strength, Stiffness and Life of Sandwich Composites,” Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, Vol. 30, No. 3, 2011, pp. 269-277.
Davidson, B.D. and Teller, S.S., “Recommendations for an ASTM Standardized Test for Determining GIIc of Unidirectional Laminated Polymeric Matrix Composites,” Journal of ASTM International, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2010, pp. 1-11.
Bing, Q. and Davidson, B.D., “An Improved Methodology for Measuring the Interfacial Toughness of Sandwich Beams” Major Accomplishments in Composite Materials and Sandwich Structures – An Anthology of ONR Sponsored Research, I.M. Daniel, E.E. Gdoutos and Y.D.S. Rajapakse, Eds., Springer, 2010, pp. 365-380.
Davidson, B.D., “Delamination Toughness Characterization of Composite Materials,” Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, R. Blockley and W. Shyy, Eds, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester UK, 2010, pp. 1899-1910.
Davidson, B.D., Soffa, M.A. and Kumar, M., “Temperature and Moisture Effects in a Particulate Interlayered Composite: Mode I Data Reduction and Toughness,” Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, Vol. 28, No. 17, 2009, pp. 2049-2068.
Davidson, B.D., Bansal, A., Bing, Q. and Sun, X., “Geometrically Nonlinear Determination of Energy Release Rate and Mode Ratio in Single Leg Bending Tests,” Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, Vol. 28, No. 15, 2009, pp. 1881-1901.
Davidson, B.D., Kumar, M. and Soffa, M.A., “Influence of Mode Ratio and Hygrothermal Condition on the Delamination Toughness of a Thermoplastic Particulate Interlayered Graphite/Epoxy Composite,” Composites Part A, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2008, pp. 67-79.