Johnathan Goodsell

Johnathan Goodsell

2015 - Research Assistant Professor


B.S. Brigham Young University, Mechanical Engineering, 2008
M.S. Purdue University, Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2010
Ph.D. Purdue University, Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2013


701 W. Stadium Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

Office: IMI Room 116
Office Phone: +1 765 49-60562


Composites Processing and Performance
Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Quantification (VVUQ)
Experimental Characterization
Manufacturing Simulation

Research Areas

Dr. Goodsell’s research interests are in the field of validation of models for composites manufacturing and performance. Since completion of his PhD in 2013 with Professor R. Byron Pipes, Dr. Goodsell has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Research Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. He is currently advising one PhD student as PI on a program with Spirit Aerosystems investigating the performance impact of porosity resulting from the composites manufacturing process. He also serves as Director of Validation in the Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center, where he leads experimental validation efforts in the Purdue-based Design, Modeling and Simulation Technology Area for IACMI. The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), is the 5th national manufacturing institute (NNMI), and is a multi-state, multi-institution program sponsored by the Department of Energy.

As Director of Validation, Dr. Goodsell’s responsibilities include establishing experimental facilities and competence for validation of manufacturing processes of interest aerospace and automotive industries, including high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM), laminate stamping, injection overmolding or hybrid molding, additive manufacturing and autoclave lamination, and establishing facilities for characterization of input properties to manufacturing models. He is developing validation studies of manufacturing processes and phenomenon, including carefully designed simulations and experiments. Finally, he is planning and coordinating the efforts of the 5 CMSC staff engineers and multiple graduate students to integrate and validate commercial simulation tools to model these manufacturing processes.

Dr. Goodsell has also helped launch and lead the Composites Design and Manufacturing HUB, which was officially recognized as a Purdue Center in June 2014, and is currently supported by 5 industrial partners, including aerospace OEMs, materials suppliers and commercial simulation tool providers. The mission of the Composites Design and Manufacturing HUB (cdmHUB) is to accelerate the certification of aerospace products by analysis by advancing the number and “best practice use” of simulation tools for composite materials. He has become familiar with the functionalities and providers of the major commercial and academic simulation tools relative to composites manufacturing and performance and is leading efforts in education of the user community. He has assisted in developing and promoting a “Simulation Tool Taxonomy” with expert evaluations of commercial simulation tools. With Director R. Byron Pipes and Associate Director Wenbin Yu, Dr. Goodsell has planned and executed multiple industrial sponsor’s meetings and composites education workshops with participants from industry, government and academia. In collaboration with industry, he and Professor Wenbin Yu developed the “Micromechanics Simulation Challenge,” launched in January 2015. He has taken the cdmHUB to the world, promoting at major composites conferences and at workshops and industry gatherings. He is also guiding students in developing “Composites Apps” to codify knowledge in the form of simulation tools. He is the author, co-author or adviser of 9 simulation tools on the cdmHUB.


Sertse, H., Goodsell, J., Ritchey, A.J., Pipes, R.B., Yu, W., “Challenge Problems for the Benchmarking of Micromechanics Analysis: Level I Initial Results,” Journal of Composite Materials, (accepted).

Peng, B., Goodsell, J., Pipes, R.B., Yu, W., “Generalized Free-Edge Stress Analysis Using Mechanics of Structure Genome,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 83, No. 10, (2016).

Goodsell, J., Pipes, R.B., “Interlaminar Stresses in Angle-Ply Laminates: a Family of Solutions,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 83, No. 5, (2016).

Goodsell, J.E., Moon, R.J., Huizar, A., Pipes, R.B., “A strategy for prediction of the elastic properties of epoxy-cellulose nanocrystal-reinforced fiber networks,” “Nanocellulose” Special Issue, Nordic Pulp & Paper Research Journal, Vol. 29, No. 1, (2014).

Goodsell, J.; Pagano, N.J.; Kravchenko, O.; Pipes, R.B., “Interlaminar Stresses in Composite Laminates Subjected to Anticlastic Bending Deformation,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 80, No. 4, (2013).

Mendoza Jasso, A.J.; Goodsell, J.E.; Pipes, R.B.; Koslowski, M., “Validation of Strain Invariant Failure Analysis in an Open Hole Off-Axis Specimen,” Journal of Materials, Vol. 63, No. 9, pp. 43-48 (2011).

Mendoza Jasso, A.J.; Goodsell, J.E.; Ritchey, A.J.; Pipes, R.B.; Koslowski, M., “A parametric study of fiber volume fraction distribution on the failure initiation location in an open-hole off-axis tensile specimen,” Composites Science and Technology, Vol. 71, No. 16, pp. 1819-1825 (2011).

Pipes, R.B., Goodsell, J., Ritchey, A. and Dustin, J., “Interlaminar Stresses in Composite Laminates: Thermomechanical Loading,” Composites Science and Technology, Vol. 70, No. 11, pp. 1605-1611(2010).