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Abdul Khadar Syed
Venables S2024b
+44 (0) 1908 652698

Student Project

Durability of Bonded Crack Retarders for Aerospace

Academic supervisors

Prof. Mike Fitzpatrick
Dr. Jim Moffatt

Abdul Khadar Syed
Abdul KhadarSyed


I am Abdul Khadar Syed from India. I did my Undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India. After successful completion of my engineering degree I got the opportunity to pursue a postgraduate programme (2006-2008) in Advanced Material Science and Engineering from Lulea University of Technology, Sweden and Saarland University, Germany. At present I am a full time research student in Material Engineering group at The Open University from November 2010.


PhD Project

Reducing production, maintenance and operating cost and improving the service life of air craft are important factors in the design of aerospace structures. Bonded crack retarders are a novel concept to improve damage tolerance of such structures. In this project bonded samples will be subjected to thermal cycling and fatigue loading to assess the long term durability of crack retarders. The role of different defects in delamination development will be studied. Stress fields will be measured by X-ray and neutron diffraction.



Abdul Khadar Syed, Jens Hardell and Braham Prakash;
Tribological behaviour of surface-treated and post-oxidized tool steels at room temperature and 400°C; Estonian Journal of Engineering, 2010, 16, 2, 123–134.


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