R. Byron Pipes

Professor
R. Byron Pipes


History


Professional Preparation

  • Princeton University, MSE Structural Mechanics, 1969
  • University of Texas at Arlington, PhD Mechanical Engineering, 1972

Honors and Awards

  • National Academy of Engineering (1987)
  • Royal Society of Engineering Sciences of Sweden (1995)
  • Gustus L. Larson Award of Pi Tau Sigma (1986)
  • Chaire Francqui, Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in Belgium (1985)
  • Fellow rank in ASC, ASME and SAMPE

Appointments

  • Executive Director of the Composites Manufacturing Simulation Center of Purdue University, 2015 – present.
  • Director of the Design and Simulation Technology Area of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing, 2015-present.
  • Director of the Composites Design and Manufacturing HUB, 2012-present
  • John Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Schools of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering at Purdue University, 2004 – present.
  • Goodyear Professor of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron, 2001-04

Appointments Continued

  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, College of William and Mary, 1999-2001.
  • President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1993-95.
  • Provost of the University of Delaware, 1991-1993.
  • Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Delaware, 1985-91.
  • Robert L. Spencer Professor of Engineering, University of Delaware, 1986-93.
  • Director of the Center for Composite Materials, University of Delaware, 1977-85.

Current Research Focus


Dr. Pipes’ graduate students work in composites manufacturing simulation focuses on the influence of manufacturing processes on the development of composites microstructure and the resulting implications upon structural performance. Two primary manufacturing processes are the subject of the majority of the scholarship underway and these include composites additive manufacturing (cAM) through fused filament fabrication and discontinuous prepreg platelet composites. For cAM, the research is directed at the prediction of the free-surface flow of fiber-reinforced polymer extrudates and the multi-physics phenomena that determine extrudate-substrate adhesion, shrinkage deformation, mechanical and transport properties and performance of the printed geometry. The discontinuous prepreg platelet studies examine the rheology of these highly anisotropic systems to determine fiber orientation distribution within a molded geometry, micro-CAT scan methods for determination of fiber orientation and prediction of the strength properties of structural elements molded from these materials systems.

Publications


Xie, Y., Kravchenko, O.G., Pipes, R.B. and Koslowski, M., “Phase field modeling of damage in glassy polymers,” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 93 (2016), pp. 182–197.

Kravchenko, O., Kravchenko, S.G., Pipes, R.B., "Chemical and thermal shrinkage in thermosetting prepreg," Composites: Part A, 80 (2016) 72–81.

Pipes, R.B., “Accelerating the Certification Process for Aerospace Composites,” High Performance Composites, March (2014).

Kravchenko, O. G., Li, C., Strachan, A., Kravchenko, S.G. and Pipes, R.B. "Prediction of the chemical and thermal shrinkage in a thermoset polymer," Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Volume 66, (2014), Pages 35–43.

Kravchenko, S., Kravchenko, O., Wortmann, M., Pietrek, M., Horst, P., Pipes, R.B, Composite Toughness Enhancement with Interlaminar Reinforcement, Composites: Part A, (2013).

Misiego, C.R. and Pipes, R.B., “Dispersion and its Relation to Carbon Nanotube Concentration in Polyimide Nanocomposites," Composites Science and Technology, 85, (2013), pp. 43-49.

Goodsell, J., Pagano, N.J., Kravchenko, O, and Pipes, R.B., “Interlaminar Stresses in Composite Laminates Subjected to Anticlastic Bending Deformation,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, ASME J Appl Mech, (2013); 80(4): 041020-1 - 041020-7.

Cadena, M., Misiego, R., Smith, K.C., Avia, A., Pipes, R.B., Reifenberger, R. and Raman, A., “Subsurface Imaging of Carbon Nanotube-polymer Composites Using Dynamic AFM Methods,” Nanotechnology, 24 (2013), 135706.

Condit, P., Pipes, R.B., “The Global University,” Issues in Science and Technology, National Academy of Sciences, Volume XIV, Number 1, (1997), pp. 27-28.

Pipes, R.B., Wilson, J.M., “A Multimedia Model for Undergraduate Education,” Technology in Society, Vol. 18, No. 3, (1996), pp. 387-401.

Pipes, R.B., Coffin, D.W., Shuler, S.F., Simacek, P., “Non-Newtonian Constitutive Relationships for Hyper Concentrated Fiber Suspensions,” Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 28, No. 4, (1994), pp. 343-350.

Pipes, R.B., Lewis, C.S., “Research Centers in Sciences and Engineering,” Innovative Models for University Research, edited by C.R. Haden, North- Holland, (1992).

Contact

  • R. Byron Pipes
  • Purdue University
  • Schools of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Engineering
  • 1105 Challenger Drive, West Lafayette, IN, 47906
  • (765) 418-5447
  • bpipes@purdue.edu