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Advanced Materials Mechanics

Mecánica de materiales avanzados

Head of Research Group:

Enrique Barbero Pozuelo

Sonia Sánchez Sáez

The Mechanics of Advanced Materials research group is made up of a multidisciplinary team of Aeronautical, Civil, Mechanical and Materials Engineers.

The group works integrating theory, experiment and computational modelling. Major themes are analysis and modelling of composite structural elements subjected to dynamic loads, as well as the study of damage tolerance. The group has extensive experience in developing special testing methodologies.


Research fields

Images of: Numerical simulation of the buckling of a stiffened carbon-epoxi laminate panel and Numerical simulation of a low velocity impact on a composite sandwich beam

The Mechanics of Advanced Materials research group works in a wide range of research areas from the experimental as well as the numerical and analytical perspectives. Its main research interest are the following: 

  • Analysis and modelling of laminate and sandwich structures subjected to high and low velocity impact.
  • Analysis and modelling of crashworthiness of composite structures.
  • Damage tolerance analysis of composite structural elements subjected to different load conditions.
  • Innovation and development of non-conventional testing methodologies for structural elements subjected to impact loads, with special emphasis on damage tolerance evaluation.
  • Experimental analysis and numerical modelling of the mechanical behaviour of composite structures under dynamic conditions.


Publications are divided into two categories: 

  • Scientific Articles
    List of and links to articles published by research group members.
  • Conferences
    List of conferences in which research group members have participated.

Research Proyects

In this section you can obtain a variety of information on the projects headed by research group members, reflecting their interest in the development of new technologies.

The information is divided into three large groups, which may be accessed through the links available on the right.


The equipment available to the research group is part of the Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis of University Carlos III of Madrid, to which the research group's members have contributed.

Numerical Capabilities

It includes:

Finite Element Codes installed: Abaqus/Standard, Abaqus/Explicit, Ls-Dyna, Autodyn 2D, Cosmos

Linux Operating System:

  • 2 work stations with 16 x 86-64 core and 16 GB RAM memory 
  • 1 work station with 2 Itanium cores and 4 GB RAM memory
  • 2 work stations with 4 x 86-64 cores and 4 GB RAM memory
  • 2 work stations with 4 x 86-32 cores and 4 GB RAM memory

Test Capabilities

The experimental equipment is part of the Laboratorio de Caracterización Mecánica (LabMec, Laboratory of Mechanical Characterisation), which belongs to the Red de Laboratorios de la Comunidad de Madrid (Madrid Region Network of Laboratories). The group members have made a significant contribution to its development.


Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis web page

Laboratorio de Caracterización Mecánica (LabMec) web page



Contact us

Mecánica de Materiales Avanzados

Enrique Barbero Pozuelo

Escuela Politécnica Superior

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Av. Universidad 30 - 28911 LEGANÉS (MADRID) ESPAÑA


Télefono: (+34) 91 624 99 65

Fax: (+34) 91 624 94 30