Dr. Serra Topal is currently working as the postdoctoral research associate at SU IMC & CTCE.
Dr. Topal received her B.Sc degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2002. She completed her Master of Science and Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gazi University in 2006 and 2013, respectively. She visited the University of Surrey, United Kingdom for her project on 3D woven composite materials (2013-14). Following her return, she offered undergraduate and graduate courses between 2015-17 and became an Instructor in March 2018, before joining Sabanci University.
Dr. Topal’s PhD studies focused on the numerical thermomechanical response of metal-ceramic and polymeric functionally graded materials (FGMs), on which she participated two TUBITAK 1001 research projects focusing contact mechanics analysis (2007-8) and hygrothermal fracture analysis (2010-12). Her research outcomes with the UniSurrey team on the FEA modelling of 3D woven composites were among the earliest ones in that field. Subsequently, her project proposal on fatigue life investigations on carbon composites with Ghent University Belgium for TUBITAK 2219 Postdoctoral Research in Foreign Countries was accepted (2016).
Her participation as a postdoctoral researcher in the dual collaboration project "Automated Composite Repair Patch Production for Composites", of Sabanci University with RWTH Aachen University (2017-20), allowed her to study extensively in effective nanomaterial (graphene oxide and CNT) integration in aerospace grade resin materials and carbon fabric reinforcements. Her large-scale TUBITAK 1003 research project on "Innovative technologies for efficient bonding of thermoset and thermoplastic composites in aviation applications" was accepted by TUBITAK in July 2019. Further, a second 3-year research project of her on the “Effect of resin and fabric hybridization of 3D woven composites” was accepted in November 2019 by TUBITAK. She is also an active researcher in another TUBITAK 1003 large-scale project on “Development and usage of graphene/talc hybrid additives in the lightweight and robust interior and exterior trim part prototypes in automotive sector”. She is aiming for conducting preliminary studies to contribute Turkey’s becoming an active player in the global composite technology, which can only happen by not leading the technology but creating the technology.
Dr. Serra TOPAL
SU-IMC Postdoctoral Research Associate
Area: 2D-3D woven composites, composite repair, bonding techniques for composites, functionally graded materials, nanomaterials