Dr. Serra Topal is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at Sabancı University Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Research and Application Center (SU IMC) & Composite Technologies Center of Excellence (CTCE), Istanbul, Turkey. She received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Gazi University in 2002, and she acquired her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the same department in 2006 and 2013, respectively. She studied thermomechanical stress analysis of functionally graded materials (metal-ceramic FGMs) and conducted fracture analysis of polymeric graded materials (PGMs), which is a precursor for additive manufacturing, by using various computational methods such as J-integral, modified J1-integral and Displacement Correlation Method (DCT).
She visited the University of Surrey, United Kingdom for her postdoctoral studies between 2013-14, during which she conducted her research project on understanding and modeling of 3-D woven composite materials. Her research included vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM), early- and late-stage fatigue analysis and extensive finite element meso-scale modeling of the 3D non-crimp orthogonal woven composites.
Dr. Topal’s research interests include advanced manufacturing techniques for 2D and 3D woven composites, their micro-mechanical/multiscale modeling and nano-integrated (graphene) composite systems. In addition to production and simulation of glass/Carbon fabric reinforced composites, her future projects focus on atmospheric plasma activation of composites for enhanced bonding systems, and high performance thermoplastics (PEKK, PEI, and other imidized plastics) for aviation and aerospace applications.
Keywords: 2D & 3D woven composites, textile composites, Graphene reinforcement, nano-integration, nanocomposites, mechanical testing and characterization, FEA & simulations, micromechanical analysis, multiscale modeling, functionally graded materials (FGMs), fracture mechanics, J-integral method, polymeric graded materials (PGMs)