Barry D. Davidson


  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1988
  • M.S., Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology, 1983
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1981

Lab/Center Affiliation(s):

  • Syracuse University Composite Materials Laboratory (SU-CML), Director

Research Interests:

  • Delamination growth in laminated composite materials and structures
  • Durability and damage tolerance of composite structures

Current Research:

Professor Davidson’s primary area of research focuses on delamination growth in advanced polymeric composites, and includes the development of test methodologies to measure delamination resistance, experimental studies to examine the dependence of toughness on the loading and environmental conditions, and theoretical work to develop analytical and computational approaches to predict delamination growth in practical structural geometries. His delamination growth prediction methodologies have been adopted by Boeing in the design of the new 787 “Dreamliner” passenger jet and in a variety of rotorcraft and automotive applications. Professor Davidson’s research work has been supported by NASA, the FAA, the Empire State Development Corporation, the AT&T Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, the National Institutes of Health, United Technologies Corporation and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Courses Taught:

  • ECS 221 Statics
  • AEE 471 Design and Analysis of Aerospace Structures
  • MAE 536 Composite Materials
  • MAE 621 Failure Analysis of Composite Materials
  • MAE 625 Fracture Mechanics
  • MAE 635 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • MAE 721 Analysis of Plates and Shells


Most recently, Professor Davidson was presented ASTM International’s Wayne Stinchcomb Award for exceptional contributions to the field of composite materials.

Selected Publications:

Davidson, B.D., “Standardization of the End-Notched Flexure Test for Mode II Delamination Toughness Determination of Unidirectional Laminated Composites,” Journal of Testing and Evaluation (To Appear).

Czabaj, M.W., Zehnder, A.T., Davidson, B.D., and Singh, A.K., “Compression Strength of Honeycomb-Stiffened Graphite/Epoxy Panels with Barely Visible Indentation Damage,” Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 48, No. 20, 2014, pp. 2455–2471.

Johnston, A.L. and Davidson, B.D., “Intrinsic Coupling of Near-Tip Matrix Crack Formation to Mode III Delamination Advance in Laminated Polymeric Matrix Composites,” International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 51, No. 13, 2014, pp. 2360-2369.

Czabaj, M.W., Ratcliffe, J.G. and Davidson, B.D., “Observation of Intralaminar Cracking in the Edge Crack Torsion Specimen,” Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Volume 120, No. 4, 2014, pp. 1–14.

Johnston, A.L., Davidson, B.D. and Simon, K.K., “Assessment of Split-Beam-Type Tests for Mode III Delamination Toughness Determination,” International Journal of Fracture, Volume 185, No. 1 –2, 2014, pp. 31-48.

Singh, A.K., Davidson, B.D., Eisenberg, D.P., Czabaj, M.W. and Zehnder, A.T., “Damage Characterization of Quasi-Statically Indented Composite Sandwich Structures,” Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 47, No. 11, 2013, pp. 1211-1229.

Davidson, B.D. and Sediles, F.O., “Mixed-Mode I-II-III Delamination Toughness Determination Via a Shear-Torsion-Bending Test,” Composites Part A, Vol. 42, No. 6, 2011, pp. 589-603.

Davidson, 8.D. and Teller, S.S., “Recommendations for an ASTM Standardized Test for Determining Gue of Unidirectional Laminated Polymeric Matrix Composites,” Journal of ASTM International, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2010, pp. 1-11.

Davidson, 8.D., “Delamination Toughness Characterization of Composite Materials,” Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, R. Blockley and W. Shyy, Eds, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester UK, 2010,pp.1899-1910.