The Winona State University Department of Composite Materials Engineering will host Eric O. Kerr-Anderson, MS, PhD, in “Impact of Composite Structures: Basics of Design for Armor and Impact Failure of Structural Components” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in Stark Hall, Room 108. A reception will be held prior to the presentation at 3:15 p.m. in Stark 108.
The presentation will cover the four main groups of composite material structure, and the numerous methods of testing of composite panels used in the development of military grade armor designed to meet nearly every munitions threat level. General guidelines in panel design using resins, fibers, ceramics, foams and honeycomb materials will be reviewed, along with typical failure modes.
Kerr-Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2012, Kerr-Anderson was hired by Celanese (formerly Ticona) and has been working in the R&D group at the Winona site. He aids in developing new test methods/fixtures, characterizing materials, and providing analysis for internal and external customers.
For more information, contact Carol O’Laughlin.