Dr. Whitcomb is actively involved in damage mechanics of composite materials. The broad goal is to develop analytical models to explain the response of composites to static and fatigue loads. He is also involved in predicting non-mechanical behaviors, such as moisture diffusion and permeability to cryogenic fuels. Ultimately, the goal is to predict the response of potential composite structures without the need for extensive experimental effort. The analytical models range from simple closed form analyses to fully three dimensional nonlinear finite element analyses.

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Academic Articles48
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  • Ballard, M. K., & Whitcomb, J. D. (2019). Stress analysis of a plain orthogonally woven textile composite under tension along the warp direction. JOURNAL OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS. 53(20), 2809-2829.
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  • McLendon, W. R., & Whitcomb, J. D. (2017). Characteristic progressive damage modes in a plain weave textile composite under multiaxial loads. JOURNAL OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS. 51(11), 1539-1556.
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  • Brown, R. L., Das, K., Cizmas, P., & Whitcomb, J. D. (2014). Numerical Investigation of Actively Cooled Structures in Hypersonic Flow. JOURNAL OF AIRCRAFT. 51(5), 1522-1531.
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  • Ballard, M. K., McLendon, W. R., & Whitcomb, J. D. (2014). The influence of microstructure randomness on prediction of fiber properties in composites. JOURNAL OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS. 48(29), 3605-3620.
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Conference Papers49
  • Ballard, K., & Whitcomb, J. D. (2018). Multiscale Analysis of Interlaminar Stresses Near a Free-Edge in a [45/0/90]s Laminate. 2018 AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2018 AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference. (210049),
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  • Ballard, M. K., & Whitcomb, J. D. (2018). Stress analysis of 3D textile composites using high performance computing: new insights and challenges. 13TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TEXTILE COMPOSITES (TEXCOMP-13). 406(1), 012004-012004.
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  • BALLARD, M. K., & WHITCOMB, J. D. (2017). Prediction of Tow Architecture and Stress Distributions for a 3D Woven Composite. American Society for Composites 2017, American Society for Composites 2017. 4, 2955-2971.
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  • Ballard, M. K., McQuien, J. S., & Whitcomb, J. D. (2017). Analysis of three-dimensional woven composites. ICCM International Conferences on Composite Materials. 2017-August,
  • Wescott, M., McQuien, J. S., Bertagne, C. L., Whitcomb, J. D., Hartl, D. J., & Erickson, L. (2017). Design and Fabrication of a Composite Morphing Radiator Panel Using High Conductivity Fibers. 25th AIAA/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference, 25th AIAA/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference.
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