Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty at the University of Delaware

John Gillespie

Donald C. Phillips Professor
201C Composites Manufacturing Lab
Newark, Delaware 19716
Phone: 302-831-8702
Research Website


1985 | PhD | University of Delaware
1978 | Master | University of Delaware
1976 | Bachelor | University of Delaware


Composite materials, mechanics and design, experimental mechanics, fracture mechanics, fabrication, infrastructure applications of composites


  • Bridges for the Future
  • Materials
  • Structural
  • Sustainability


  1. Tamrakar, S., B. Haque, J. W. Gillespie, Jr., “High Rate Test Method for Fiber-Matrix Interface Characterization,” Polymer Testing, January 2016
  2. Tamrakar, S., Q. An, E. T. Thostenson, A. Rider, B. Z. Haque, and J. W. Gillespie, Jr., “Tailoring Interfacial Properties by Controlling Carbon Nanotube Coating Thickness on Glass Fibers using Electrophoretic Deposition,” American Chemical Society Applied Materials & Interfaces, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b10903; 8 (2) pp. 1501-1510, December 2015.
  3. Zangenberg, J., P. Brondsted, and J. W. Gillespie, Jr., “Fatigue Damage Propagation in Unidirectional Glass Fibre Reinforced Composites made of a Non-Crimp Fabric,” Journal of Composite Materials, doi 10.1177/0021998313502062, Sept. 13, 2013; 48 (22), pp. 2711-2727, August 2014.
  4. Bogetti, T. A., J. Staniszewski, B. P. Burns, C. P. R. Hoppel, J. W. Gillespie, Jr., and J. Tierney, “Predicting the Nonlinear Response and Progressive Failure of Composite Laminates under Tri-Axial Loading: Correlation with Experimental Results,” Journal of Composite Materials, doi: 10.1177/0021998312462616, 47 (6-7), pp. 793-804, March 2013.
  5. Gillespie, Jr., J. W., L. A. Carlsson, A. A. Gawandi, and T. A. Bogetti, “Fatigue Crack Growth at the Face Sheet-Core Interface in a Discontinuous Ceramic-Tile Cored Sandwich Structure,” Composite Structures, doi:10.1016/j.compstruct.2012.05.021,  94 (11), pp. 3186-3193, Nov. 2012.
  6. Alfredsson, K. S., A. Gawandi, J. W. Gillespie, Jr., L. A. Carlsson, and T. A. Bogetti, “Flexural Analysis of Discontinuous Tile Core Sandwich Structure,” Composite Structures, doi:10.1016/j.compstruct.2011.11.028; 94, (5) pp. 1524-1532, April 2012.
  7. Weidner, K., J. W. Gillespie, Jr., and N. Shevchenko, “Performance of Bolted Joints in Discontinuous Ceramic Cored Sandwich Structures – Static Experimental Testing,” Composite
    Structures, doi:10.1016/j.compstruct.2011.06.012, 93, (12) pp. 3175-3184, November 2011.
  8. Manzella, A. F., B. A. Gama, and J. W. Gillespie, Jr., “Effect of Punch and Specimen Dimensions on the Confined Compression Behavior of S-2 Glass/Epoxy Composites,” Composite Structures,, 93, pp. 1726-1737, June 2011.

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