Development in the industry always requires creation of novel materials that meet the requirement of the new designs and market. Fiber reinforced composites are recently proposed in many applications such as military, aerospace and marine structures, automotive and piping due to their strength to weight ratio, high stiffness, and decent fatigue tolerance. Despite these advantages, the low impact resistance renders its application in many critical designs and reduces its applicability in the current structures. Inspired by many biological structures in nature, bio-inspired composites have been proved to exhibit a significant improvement over conventional structures in energy absorption capacity [1]. This work will present the improvement of strength and ductility by using bio-inspired composite laminates [2]. The Impact and post-impact response of hybrid bio-inspired composite laminates will be discussed [3].


  1. San Ha, N., & Lu, G. (2020). A review of recent research on bio-inspired structures and materials for energy absorption applications. Composites Part B: Engineering, 181, 107496.
  2. Melaibari, A., Wagih, A., Basha, M., Kabeel, A. M., Lubineau, G., & Eltaher, M. A. (2021). Bio-inspired composite laminate design with improved out-of-plane strength and ductility. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 144, 106362.
  3. Basha, M., Wagih, A., Melaibari, A., Lubineau, G., Abdraboh, A. M., & Eltaher, M. A. (2022). Impact and post-impact response of lightweight CFRP/wood sandwich composites. Composite Structures, 279, 114766.

About the Speaker

Eltaher received his BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1999, and the MSc degree, and the PhD in Mechanical Design and Production Engineering in 2007 and 2012 from the Zagazig University. He got a postdoc at Waterloo university in 2014. He ranked as a highly cited researcher according to web of science in 2021. He has more than 150 articles in vibration and buckling analyses, nanomechanics, functionally graded materials, and composite structures. He joined King Abdulaziz University in 2016.

By Prof. Mohamed A. Eltaher

  • Mechanical Eng. Dept., Faculty of Engineering, KAU
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