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The PhD student Yongxin Huang was supported by IIMEC to visit the research group of Professor Marino Quaresimin at The University of Padova in Italy. Yongxin stayed in Padova in the month of July and part of August, 2011, during which time he conducted experiments on multiaxial fatigue on a unique equipment built by Dr. Quaresimin's group. Yongxin also interacted with the group to develop novel failure criteria and a stochastic model accounting for manufacturing defects in composite materials. The goal of the overall project was to develop fatigue life prediction methodology for composite materials subjected to long term multiaxial loading. The project focus was aligned with the IIMEC topic of energy, more specifically, wind energy. The material system was glass/epoxy intended for use in wind turbine rotor blades. These results became a part of Yongxin's PhD dissertation, which he successfully defended and graduate in spring 2012.

Yongxin Huang took out one week from his Padova visit to attend a course on advanced composite materials offered at the University of Iaonnina in Greece. He successfully completed the course by passing the exams.

Antonino Parrinello, a graduate student at Texas A&M University, recently visited the SAES GETTERS company located in Lainate, Italy to share the research activities occurring at Texas A&M and learn about their current research interests. The facilities they have available are suitable for performing challenging testing experiments, supported by an experienced technical staff. In general, the environment seemed to be open to collaboration and willing to connect with the IIMEC community.

Furthermore, other well known research groups, such as the Dr. Auricchio’s research group, would have the opportunity to join IIMEC, thus providing them the possibility to share their knowledge and achievements in the field. In addition, this interaction would allow the existing IIMEC members to benefit from their contribution. More opportunities for an exchange experience, both for students and scholars, might result, thus the community would achieve a broader network.