- Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
- Composites and Polymers
- Materials Science
- Solid Mechanics
My research interests lie in modeling and optimization of automotive suspension systems. The main focus areas are fiber orientation optimization in FRP laminates and the optimization of the performance and fatigue life of leaf springs. I am also investigating the mechanical behavior of energy-harvesting devices involving piezoelectric fibers.
Under a grant by the Greek Office of the General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT) and in collaboration with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Greek automotive industry, Dr. Fragoudakis has been examining the microstructure and fatigue life of steel leaf springs in order to optimize the development and manufacturing of high performance leaf springs.
- Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering Tufts University
- M.E. Mechanical Engineering Tufts University
- B.S.M.E. Mechanical Engineering Tufts University
- Energy Harvesting
- Fiber-Reinforced Plastic
- Steel Microstructures
- Suspension Systems
- (MEN 3010) Machine Design
- (MEN 3014) Dynamics and Vibrations
- (MEN 4810/GEN 6001) Special Topics (Finite Element Analysis)
- (MEN 5050) Manufacturing Processes
“Failure Concepts in Fiber Reinforced Plastics,” R. Fragoudakis, Failure Analysis and Prevention, ed. Prof. Dr. Aidy Ali, ISBN 978-953-51-5230-9, November 2017.
“A Computational Analysis of the Energy Harvested by GFRP and NFRP Laminated Beams Under Cyclic Loading,” R. Fragoudakis, J. A. Gallagher, and V. Kim, Procedia Engineering, Vol. 200, pp. 221-228, 2017.
“Optimizing the Development and Manufacturing of 56SiCr7 Leaf Springs,” R. Fragoudakis, G. Savaidis, and N. Michailidis, International Journal Of Fatigue, Vol. 103, pp. 168-175, 2017.