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B.Eng. (NUI Galway),
Ph.D. (DCU, Dublin),
Post-doc (Oxford University and UL)

Research and Teaching Interests

Fibre-reinforced composites – manufacturing (Automated- tape-placement, Resin infusion)
Fibre-reinforced composites – experimental testing and characterisation
Condition monitoring and Non-destructive testing
Composite joints (Bonded and Bolted)
Mechanical Design

Anthony Comer

Anthony joined the Irish Composites Centre hosted by UL in 2009, to work on polymer composite materials, after previously working in the Structural Dynamics Group at the University of Oxford.  The increasing demand for lightweight tailorable polymer composite materials in industry and the transport sector in particular requires significant improvements in the efficiency of industrial manufacturing techniques and the compatibility of materials with these processes.  Since becoming a lecturer at the School of Engineering in 2014, Anthony has secured research funding of over €1.5 million for projects ranging from increasing the percentage of polymer composite materials used in large specialist marine vessels (FIBRESHIP Horizon 2020 project) to improving the compatibility of polymer composite materials with new automated industrial manufacturing processes.  Anthony works closely with companies across Europe to achieve these aims.

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Effect of environmental conditioning on the properties of thermosetting- and thermoplastic-matrix composite materials by resin infusion for marine applications

Nash, N.H., Portela, A., Bachour-Sirerol, C.I., Manolakis, I., Comer, A.J. (2019)

Composites Part B: Engineering, 177, 107-271.

Characterising the behaviour of composite single lap bonded joints using digital image correlation
AJ Comer, KB Katnam, WF Stanley, TM Young
International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives 40, 215-223
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