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Advanced Composites Research Group

Dr. Zafer Kazancı

Senior Lecturer

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Dr. Zafer Kazancı is a Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast, UK and a senior member of the Advanced Composites Research Group. He has spent his career specialising in the behaviour of composite structures under extreme loads and specialises in blast and impact loading. His research expertise includes not only blast loaded composite structures but also crash and crush analysis including crash tube design, birdstrike certification, improving crush force efficiency and ballistic impact.

He leads the several projects about crashworthiness design. He has delivered short courses on advanced composite materials and finite element method for engineering and been invited to speak at workshops on the explosive blast response of composite structures across the world. He is also a member of the International Society of Impact Engineering and Structural Impact Group of ITU.

Dr. Kazancı was at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Mechanical Engineering Department as a Visiting Scientist between the years 2010 and 2011 before becoming an Associate Professor at Turkish Air Force Academy. He was head of the Scientific Supervisory Board and also the ERASMUS Institutional Coordinator of Turkish Air Force Academy. He got numerous awards from the Air Force Administration for his outstanding academic performance in Aerospace Engineering Department including Best Professor, Superior Service and Academic Excellence Awards.

He graduated with a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in 2006. He also gained a Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the same University. 

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