Dr. Ismet Baran

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2014 – 2022

Tenured Assistant Professor in polymer composites, University of Twente, Netherlands.

2016 – 2016

Visiting Assistant Professor, KU Leuven, Belgium.

2013 – 2014

Visiting Researcher, University of Twente, Netherlands.

2011 – 2014

PhD researcher, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.


2011 – 2014

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark
Ph.D. Thesis: Modelling the pultrusion process of off shore wind turbine blades (link)

2008 – 2011

MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey
M.Sc. Thesis: Optimization of vibration characteristics of a radar antenna structure (link)

My research focuses on the characterization and manufacturing of fiber-reinforced polymer composites and their mechanical performance. I help our society to have a more sustainable world of the future using lightweight and high-performance composite materials. The performance and properties of a composite part are highly dependent on the processing history, resulting microstructure and process-induced defects.

In order to have professionalism in composite manufacturing, we need to:

  • Understand the material behaviour, microstructure and governing physical phenomena
  • Describe mathematical expressions for material behaviour during processing
  • Translate them to numerical process simulations and predict the physical phenomena taking place
  • Finally optimize and control the manufacturing process for improved and well-controlled product quality.

This approach inherently requires an integral approach from nano to a macro scale which is a very challenging task. My research therefore includes:

  • Development of instrumented processing equipment and dedicated experimental setups
  • Characterization of phase changes (soft-to-hard matter transitions)
  • Analysis of microstructure after the manufacturing process
  • Identifying mechanical property and performance
  • Development of numerical models and computational tools for materials processing and mechanical response