Predictive models for composites


We develop finite element framework of different length-scales (micro- and mesoscale) in order to study damage mechanism of continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites. At micro-scale, the size of unit cell (RVE) is determined rigorously by two-point probability function and Hill-Mandell kinematics. Transverse and shear failure in glass/polypropylene at microscale are simulated. Mesoscale models under in-plane tension and out-of-plane (quasi-static indentation) loads is also developed. Strain-rate dependent damage models are proposed in this work. This project is funded by SABIC Europe.
  • Ditho Ardiansyah Pulungan (PhD Candidate)
  • Ping Hu (PhD Candidate)
  • Shuai Lu (PhD Candidate)
  • Prof. Gilles Lubineau (PI)
  • Dr. Arief Yudhanto (KAUST Project Manager, PhD co-advisor)
Funding agency: SABIC Europe (2014-2017), KAUST Baseline (2018-2019)


  • ir. Recep Yaldiz (Project Manager, SABIC Europe, Geleen, The Netherlands) 
  • Dr. Nikhil Verghese (SABIC USA, Sugarland, Texas)
  • ir. Warden Schijve (SABIC Europe, Geleen, The Netherlands) 


  1. Ditho Pulungan, Arief Yudhanto, Shiva Goutham, Gilles Lubineau, Recep Yaldiz, Warden Schijve. Characterizing and modeling the pressure- and rate-dependent elastic-plastic-damage behaviors of polypropylene-based polymers. Polymer Testing, Vol. 68, pp. 433-445, 2018.
  2. Ditho Pulungan, Gilles Lubineau, Arief Yudhanto, Recep Yaldiz, Warden Schijve. Identifying design parameters controlling damage behaviors of continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites using micromechanics as a virtual testing tool. International Journal of Solids and Structures, Volume 117, 15 June 2017, Pages 177-190​​