Postgraduate Students

Sherlyn Gabriel

PhD Student

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Sherlyn received matriculate exemption from Silver Oaks International High School in 2009, after having completed her GSCE A levels. She went on to study a BSc(Eng) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town, where she was named on the Dean’s Merit List and graduated with Honours in 2013.


Sherlyn is currently working towards her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Genevieve Langdon, A/Prof. Chris von Klemperer and A/Prof. Steeve Chung Kim Yuen, after upgrading from an MSc in 2015. Her research project aims to understand the blast response of a range of composites which contain sustainable materials and compare them to glass fibre reinforced epoxy composites. Both experimental (small-scale blast testing and quasi-static material testing) and numerical work (using Finite Element Analysus solving software) is being conducted to support this aim.


Sherlyn presented her work at the ICCBN Conference in Port Elizabeth in 2018, under the title “The effect of blast loading on composites containing sustainable materials”.