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David Fleming

Associate Professor | Aerospace, Physics and Space Sciences

Head, Department of Aerospace, Physics & Space Sciences

Contact Information

dfleming@fit.edu
(321) 674-7241
F.W. Olin Physical Sciences, Room 146

Personal Overview

Dr. Fleming’s specialty is in the area of composite materials and aerospace structures. His primary interest is in the area of structural analysis, particularly with respect to composite structures. He is interested in the crash behavior of vehicles and the computer modeling of structures under crash conditions. Previous research has studied the application of composites to crashworthy structures. He has also been involved in the development of design concepts for lightweight space structures. Other research interests include the finite element method.

Affiliations
AIAA Associate Fellow; Faculty Adviser for FIT AIAA student branch
SAMPE Member
Vertical Flight Society 

Educational Background

B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1989
M.S. University of Maryland, College Park 1991
Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park 1995

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Florida Institute of Technology, April 2002-present

Assistant Professor, Florida Institute of Technology, August 1996-2002

Instructor/postdoc, University of Maryland, College Park, August 1995-January 1996

Minta Martin Fellow, University of Maryland, College Park, August 1989-July 1995

Current Courses

AEE 1201, Introduction to Aerospace Engineering

AEE 1202, Aerospace Practicum

AEE4281, Aerospace Structural Design

AEE5470, Principles of Composite Materials

AEE5050, Finite Element Fundamentals

AEEE5486, Crashworthiness

Selected Publications

Book and Book Chapter

Fleming, D.C., and Jackson, K.E., Crashworthy Composite Structures, Aircraft & Vehicle Applications, DEStech Publications, Lancaster, PA, 2021.

Fleming D.C., Yeh HG., Yeh HY., Yu S. (2021) Mechanics. In: Grote KH., Hefazi H. (eds) Springer Handbook of Mechanical Engineering. Springer Handbooks. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-47035-7_2

Selected Papers

Momm, G. G., and Fleming, D., “Estimate Residual Strength of Degraded Bonded Joints by Combining Analytical Models with Non-Destructive Evaluations", The Journal of Adhesion. Accepted for publication 2022.

Momm, G. G., and Fleming, D., “Analytical models for stress analysis of real-life bonded joints,” The Journal of Adhesion, 2021.  DOI: 10.1080/00218464.2021.1959323

Sedalor, T., and Fleming, D.C., “Predicting Hydrodynamic Ram Damage in Bonded Composite Tanks Using Progressive Damage Failure,” DSIAC Journal, Vol. 7(3), Summer 2020.  (also presented at the 2020 American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) SciTech Forum, Orlando, FL, Jan. 2020)

Sedalor, T., and Fleming, D.C., “Numerical Analysis of Bonded Composite T Joint Subjected to Hydrodynamic Ram Pressures,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 58(1), January 2020, pp. 464-473.

Gheryani, A.A., Fleming, D.C., and Reichard, R.P., “Nonwoven Polyester Interleaving for Toughness Enhancement in Composites,” Journal of Composite Materials, June 2019.

Goncalves Coghi, B., De’Grandis, D. K., and Fleming, D., “Analysis of the Crushing of Metal/Composite Tubes under Compressive Load,” SAMPE Seattle 2017, Proceedings of the 2017 SAMPE Conference, May 22-25, 2017, Seattle, WA.

Gheryani, A., Fleming, D., and Reichard, R., “Nonwoven Polyester Interleaving for Toughness Enhancement in Composites,” SAMPE Seattle 2017, Proceedings of the 2017 SAMPE Conference, May 22-25, 2017, Seattle, WA.

Fleming, D. C., “A Fatigue Life Experiment for Aerospace Engineering Undergraduates,” Proceedings of the ASEE 2016 Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 26-29, 2016.

Fleming, D.C., Reichard, R.P., Penteado, C., and Zheng, Z., “Low-Cost Interleaving for Toughness Improvement in Composites,” Proceeding of the American Society for Composites 27th Technical Conference, Arlington, TX, Oct. 1-3, 2012.

Fleming, D.C., “Modelling Composite Crushing Initiation using a Cohesive Element Formulation”, International Journal of Crashworthiness, Vol.16(5), Oct. 2011, pp. 475-485.

Fleming, D.C., C. Morrow, C.W. Clarke and C.E. Bird, “Finite Element Simulation of Delamination with Application to Crashworthy Design,” Journal of the American Helicopter Society, Vol. 53(3), 2008, pp. 267-281.

A. A. Badghaish and D. C. Fleming, “Nondestructive Inspection of Composites Using Step Heating Thermography,” Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 42(13), 2008, pp. 1337-1357.

A. A. Badghaish and D. C. Fleming, “Quantitative Characterization of Resistive Defects in Thick Composites using Step Heating Thermography,” Proceedings of SPIE, Vol. 6939, Thermosense XXX, 2008, SPIE Conference DS27, Orlando, FL, March 16-20, 2008.

Fleming, D. C., and K. Jayachandran, Modeling Composite Tubes and Truncated Cones under Crushing Loads, ICRASH 2004, Proceedings of the International Crashworthiness Conference, San Francisco, CA, July 14-16, 2004.

Fleming, D. C., and F. Nicot, Crushing of Flat Graphite/Epoxy Laminates using a Column Specimen, Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 37(24), 2003, pp. 2225-2239.

Fleming, D. C., and H. Hegab, “Design of a Collapsible Liquid Oxygen Storage Vessel for Mars,” Proceedings of the AIAA 3rd Gossamer Spacecraft Forum, Denver, CO, 22-25 April 2002.

Fleming, D. C., “Delamination Modeling of Composites for Improved Crash Analysis,” Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 35(18), 2001.

Fleming, D.C. and A.J. Vizzini. 1996. Off-Axis Energy Absorption Characteristics of Composites for Crashworthy Rotorcraft Design. Journal of the American Helicopter Society 41:3.

Recognition & Awards

Kerry Bruce Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2013-2014

AIAA Faculty Adviser Award, 2012

Research

Delamination enhancement of composites through interleaving methods.

Modeling dynamic delamination growth in composite structures for improved crash modeling.

 

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