Merve Erdal
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Middle East Technical University
Ankara 06531
phone: +90 - 312 - 210 5237
fax: +90 - 312 - 210 1266
e-mail: merdal@metu.edu.tr


Open positions for Masters and Ph.D. students at Dr. Erdal’s Composites Lab !

(email Dr. Erdal to make an appointment to discuss your graduate research options)


The research topics include (but are NOT limited to):


1. Vascularized composites for imparting controlled functionality (e.g. controlled thermal/electrical properties) in composites.

2. Electrically conductive composites development and characterization.

3. Processing issues in honeycomb sandwich structures.

4. Implementation of homogeneous/graded microstructures in composites through resin flow control and particle filtration.


Some representative publications based on our research:


·      Tanabi, H. and Erdal, M. “Development of a Strain Monitoring System for Glass Fiber Reinforced Composites via Embedded Electrically Conductive Pathways”, Advanced Composite Materials, DOI: 10.1080/09243046.2019.1627648, 2019

·      Tanabi, H. and Erdal, M. “Effect of CNTs dispersion on electrical, mechanical and strain sensing properties of CNT/epoxy nanocomposites”, Results in Physics, Vol 12, pp.486-503, 2019

·      Jande, Y., Erdal, M. & Dag, S., Production of Graded Porous Polyamide Specimens and Polyamide-Epoxy Composites via Selective Laser Sintering, Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, vol 33, no.11, pp. 1017-1036, 2014.

·      Sas, H.S. and Erdal, M., “Modeling of Particle-Resin Suspension Impregnation in Compression Resin Transfer Molding of Particle-Filled, Continuous Fiber Reinforced Composites”, Heat and Mass Transfer Journal, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 397-414, 2014.

·      Çicek, K.F., Erdal, M. and Kayran, A., “Experimental and numerical study of process-induced total spring-in of corner-shaped composite parts”, Journal of Composite Materials, Vol 51, Issue 16, pp. 2347-2361, 2017.

·      Çınar O., Erdal, M. and Kayran, A., “Accurate Equivalent Models of Sandwich Laminates with Honeycomb Core and Composite Face Sheets via Optimization Involving Modal Behavior”, Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials, Vol 19, Issue 2, pp. 139 – 16, 2017.