213 Composites Manufacturing Science Laboratory
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716-3144
Phone: (302) 831-8898 Fax: (302) 831-8525
Research Interests: Advanced composites manufacturing including VARTM, automated thermoplastic tape placement, pultrusion and induction-based thermoplastic processing
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Delaware, 1998
“Diplom” (Master of Science) March Technical University of
Aachen Germany, 1995
Electrical Engineering Technical University of Aachen / Germany, 1991
Assistant Director Center for Composite Materials November 00 - Present
Research Associate Center for Composite Materials January 95 - October
Research Assistant Fraunhofer Institute Aachen (WZL) May 91 - August
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Recent Journal Papers
Fecko, D.L., Heider, D. D., Steiner, K.V., and Gillespie, J.W. Jr., "In-process
non-destructive evaluation of the pultrusion process," Proceedings
of the International Society for Optical Engineering Conference, Oakland,
CA, May 8-11, 1995.
Heider, D., Eckel II, D.A., Don, R.C., Fink, B.K., and Gillespie J.W.
Jr., " Process Monitoring During Manufacturing Of Large-Scale Composite
Parts," SPIE's International Symposium on Intelligent Systems and
Advanced Manufacturing, Applied Research and Equipment/System Design,
Boston, MA, November 1-6, 1998, p. 226-236.
Biter, W. J., Hess, S. M., Oh,S., Geshury, A., Heider, D.,“Magnetic
Wire For Monitoring Strain In Composites,” Sensor Magazine, June
2001, p. 110-114.
Dominauskas A., Heider D, Gillespie J.W. Jr., “Electric time-domain
reflectometry sensor for online flow sensing in liquid composite molding
processing,” Composites Part A 2003; 34(1):67-8.
Dominauskas A., Heider D, Gillespie J.W. Jr., “TDR-Line sensor
for multifunctional and distributed sensing in LCM,” Proceedings
of SAMPE Symposium 2003.
Other significant publications
Mathur, R. , Heider, D. , Hoffmann, C., Gillespie J.W. Jr. , Advani,
S.W., and Fink, B.K., “Flow Front Measurements and Model Validation
in the Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding Process,” Polymer
Composites, v 22, n 4, August , 2001, p 477-490.
Tanoglu, M., Robert, S., Heider, D., McKnight, S. H., Gillespie J.W.,
Jr., and Brachos, V., “Effects of Thermoplastic Preforming Binder
on Properties of S2-Glass Fabric Reiforced Epoxy Composites,” International
Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, v 21, n 3, 2001, p 187-195.
Yarlagadda, S.; Shevchenko, N., Heider, D., Tierney, J., Gillespie J.W.
Jr., H.,”Rapid Automated Induction Lamination (RAIL) of carbon/thermoplastic
laminates: Process Optimization and prove-out”, 22nd SAMPE Europe
International Conference, March 27-29, 2001, Paris, France.
Heider, D., Piovoso, M.J., and Gillespie J.W. Jr., "Application
Of A Neural Network To Improve An Automated Thermoplastic Tow-Placement
Process," Journal of Process Control 12 (1) (2002) pp. 101-111.
Heider, D., Piovoso, M.J., and Gillespie J.W. Jr., "A Neural Network
Model-Based Open-Loop Optimization for the Automated Thermoplastic Composite
Tow-Placement System," (submitted to Composites Part A: Applied Science
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