Postgraduate students

Ian Gallaher

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Personal Details



Ian Gallaher is a Masters student at BISRU. Ian grew up in Durban, obtaining his NSC from Westville Boys' High School in 2008 with colours for academics and service to the school. In 2009 Ian moved to Cape Town to attend the University of Cape Town where he studied a BSc Mechanical Engineering, graduating with honours in 4 years. During his undergraduate studies he picked up a keen interest in computational mechanics, making a point of taking Finite Element and Computational Fluid Dynamics courses. It was this interest which lead to working under A/Prof Arnaud Malan, for his undergrad project, to develop a 1D Fluid-Structure Interaction model to simulate arterial network flow, and later to the continuation of his studies with BISRU.

Current research

Ian began his masters with BISRU at UCT in 2013, receiving an NRF grant. Due to his interest in computational mechanics he chose to do a coursework masters, studying programming, finite element work, and linear and non-linear continuum mechanics. He is currently working on a project under the supervision of Dr. Reuben Govender. His project, 'A Step Toward the Modeling of Delamination of FRPs', will attempt to validate various currently used mixed-mode cohesive element models under static and dynamic loading. This will involve material characterisation of the elastic and delamination cohesive properties of E-glass-epoxy specimens for later use in the modeling of dynamic delamination. These numerical results are to be compared to empirical dynamic tests over their complete time history, to be performed on a modified Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar and measured using Digital Image Correlation.