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Paolo Andrea Carraro was born in Vicenza in 1985, June 25th. In 2004 he got the secondary school diploma with a score 100/100.
In July 2007 he got the Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Padova with a score 110/110 cum laude, discussing a thesis on the design and calibration of a load cell.
In December 2009 he got the Master Thesis in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Padova, with a score of 110/110 cum laude, discussing a thesis on the fatigue behaviour of composite bonded joints.
In 2010 he won two grants at the Department of Management and Engineering of the University of Padova titled "Interlaminar fracture toughness of nano-modified composites" (April-June 2010) and "Fatigue behaviour of short fibres reinforced polymer composites" (November-December 2010). In these contexts he took care of specimens production and testing and the analysis of experimental results.
In January 2011 he begun the research and formative activities for the Ph.D. scholarship at the Department of Management and Engineering of the University of Padova. He obtained the Ph.D. title in February 2014, with a thesis titled "Multiaxial fatigue behaviour of composite materials: characterisation and modelling".
In 2014 he won a two-years post-doc position at the Department of Management and Engineering of the University of Padova titled "Analysis and modelling of in-service reliability and cost effectiveness of composite parts".
From 2015 to 2021 he was assistant professor at DTG (University of Padova) and since July 2021 he is Associate professor at the same department.
Paolo Andrea Carraro was a member of the organising committee of the 15th European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM15) held in Venezia in June 2012 and 4th International Conference on Nanomechanics and Nanocomposites" (ICNN4) held in Vicenza in September 2016. He also took part, as a member of the organising committee and lecturer, at the "Short Course on Experimental Techniques and Testing of Composite Materials" and the "Summer School on Fatigue and Damage Mechanics of Composite Materials", international events organised at the Department of Management and Engineering of the University of Padova in July 2015.
His research activities brought to very satisfactory and innovative results of scientific and industrial interest, documented in more than 150 international and national publications.


Research Area

Since the Ph.D. studies, his main research field is represented by the multiaxial fatigue behaviour of composite materials and bonded joints, also in the presence of defects.
The research activities included the experimental characterisation, damage observation with the aid of several techniques (microscopy, infrared camera, image analysis, X-rays) and analytical and numerical modelling, with the final aim to develop failure criteria and predictive tools useful for the design of structural composite parts against fatigue.
After the Ph.D, he continued working on this field, also focusing on the influence of manufacturing induced defects on the static and fatigue behaviour of laminates, in particular characterising and modelling the effects of voids and porosity. This is a fundamental step toward the optimisation of the manufacturing process, based on the identification of a trade-off between manufacturing costs and long-term performances.
A common aspect of the research conducted in these fields is represented by the methodology. In fact, the models and predictive criteria were developed on the basis of experimental observations on the damage mechanics. These represented the basis and the inspiration for the developed models, of which the reliability was successfully proved through large bulks of experimental data.
Another research topic of the last years is represented by the study and the analytical derivation of the stress fields in notched composite components. This is meant as a fundamental step for the application of the predictive models already developed for plain specimens to notched components. In addition the developed analytical frame can be seen also as a basis of the analysis of interlaminar stresses in damaged and undamaged laminates with the aim to predict the initiation of delaminations.
Eventually, in the last years Paolo Andrea Carraro started working on the development and modelling of self-sensing composites for structural health monitoring applications. In particular, composite materials are made electrically conductive using carbon fibres and/or nanotubes, so that the presence of damage can be detected through the measurement of variations in the material electric resistance.