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Gideon Volschenk

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Gideon Volschenk


Personal Details 

Gideon attended the Outeniqua High School in George, matriculating with Academic Honours and was placed in the top 20 of his matric class in 2008. His natural curiosity led him into pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering (B.Eng) at the University of Stellenbosch in 2009, where he successfully completed projects ranging from robotics design and programming to HVAC system design. In 2012 he completed his final year project on the design and implementation a field activated sintering technique device for nano-scale metal powders and graduated from US, completing his degree in 4 years.

In 2013 Gideon joined the Blast Impact and Survivability Research Unit at the University of Cape Town to pursue an MSc Eng. Since then he has been involved with coursework and completed a structural impact project on the material characterization of DOMEX 550 and 700 steel and modelling the blast response of multi-layered steel plates using LS-DYNA, under the supervision of Prof. G. S. Langdon.


Current Research

Supervisors - Prof. G. S. Langdon, A. Prof. C. von Klemperer

Fibre-metal laminates (FML’s) are materials highly regarded in the aerospace industry due to their excellent strength to weight ratio and fatigue resistance. GLARE, an FML made from aluminium and glass fibre, is currently one of the most popular products on the market. For his MSc, Gideon is following on several years of research carried out in BISRU, developing and testing an Al2024-T3 aluminium and E-glass fibre FML with the goal of creating a product with material properties comparable to that of GLARE. The project entails the manufacturing of FML’s using various different configurations of composite E-Glass materials and then subjecting the FML panels to blast loading. The blast loaded panels will be analysed and compared one another as well as with previous tests performed on GLARE to gain a better understanding of the failure mechanisms involved in FML’s. Some focus will also be placed on laying the foundation for a numerical model for further development.