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Kostopoulos Vassilis

Vasilis Kostopoulos Professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics, University of Patras, Greece

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1987: PhD in Applied Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics,
Univ. of Patras, Greece
1980: Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, NTU Athens, Greece


Previous Employment/Occupation:

1994-1996: Visiting Scientist, Institute of Advanced Materials JRC, EU
1988-1993: Lecturer, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics, University of Patras, Greece
1982-1998: Research and Teaching Assistant, Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics, University of Patras, Greece
1980-1982: Production Engineer, Hellenic Industry for Rubber and Plastics (N. & M. Petzetakis S.A.)


Research Activities:

Composite materials (analytical and numerical modelling, non-destructive techniques, thermo mechanical characterisation, fracture and fatigue of composites, experimental techniques). Design and design optimisation of composite structures. Anisotropic elasticity. Fluid-structure interaction. Fracture mechanics. Wave propagation and scattering in continuous media. Inverse problems and inversion of scattering data. Biomechanics.


Participation in Research Projects:

Project Leader of 3 current research projects funded by EU (GROWTH, BRITE)
Participation in SCIENCE, BRITE, GROWTH, STRIDE, EPET-II, PAVE and PENED programmes.



1 book (Composites: from Fundamentals to Advanced Structures, 2001)
3 invited chapters in books
48 refereed journal papers, 80 papers in conferences proceedings



2 National patents, 1 submitted.


Conference Participation/Attendance:

Participation in over 50 international and national conferences (8 invited papers).


Conference Organiser:

Member of the scientific committee of 14 International conferences and organiser of many international and national conferences and workshops.


Teaching Activities:

Vector Mechanics for Engineers, Composite Materials, Non-Destructive Testing, Wave Propagation and Scattering Theory, Anisotropic Elasticity (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras).


Professional affiliations:

Member of CEN TC184 5C1 for technical Ceramics and Ceramic Matrix Composites
Member of ANEC (Child Safety working group)
Member of the council of ESCM (European Society of Composite Materials)
ESIS (European Structural Integrity Society), ICTA (International Confederation for Thermal Analysis), ESCM (European Society of Composite Materials), IoM (Institute of Materials).


Selected Publications:

  • "On the Viscoelastic Response of Composite Laminates (Viscoelastic Lamination Theory)", D.T. Korontzis, L. Vellios and V. Kostopoulos Mechanics of Time Dependent Materials, 4 2000, pp. 381-405
  • "Toughness Characterization and Acoustic Emission Monitoring of a 2-D Carbon/Carbon Composite", Y.Z. Pappas and V. Kostopoulos, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 68 2001, pp. 1557-1573
  • "Reliability aspects of Composite Materials Fatigue Response Using Markov Chain Models", Y. Z. Pappas, V. Kostopoulos and P. D. Spanos, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 27, 9 Sept. 2001, pp. 915-926
  • "Micro mechanics Of Reinforcement And Damage Initiation In Carbon Fiber/ Epoxy Composites Under Fatigue Loading", · C. Koimtzoglou, V. Kostopoulos and C. Galiotis, Composites Part A, 32, 2001, pp. 457-471
  • "Crashworthiness Study of Composite Motorcycle Safety Helmet", V. Kostopoulos, Y.P. Markopoulos, G. Giannopoulos and D.E. Vlachos, Composites Part B, (accepted for publication)
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