Prof. Vassilis Kostopoulos is the Head of Applied Mechanics Laboratory since 2003. He received his PhD from Applied Mechanics Laboratory at Patras in Wave propagation and scattering of thermo-elastic waves, Non-destructive testing of composite materials during 1985.He also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Technical University of Athens in Greece. He is member of ACARE, National States Reprepresantive of JTI ‘’Clean Sky’’, ESCM, evaluator of research proposals for EU, UK, Greek, Belgian etc. research foundations and national delegate of FP6 Aerospace Program Committee . He is also in Editorial Board of Journal 'Research & Reviews in Polymers, International Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, and Composite Science and Technology. He holds 101 publications in journals and 157 presentations in International Conferences. He also is the writer of 4 academic and scientific books.
During MIFIS Conceptual study, different parameters that affect the system’s design such as, depth, pressure, temperature, deployment procedures, necessary offshore equipment, hydrate formation, the weather conditions etc. were evaluated. The majority of the DIFIS system components were used (Buffer Bell, Riser Tube, Stiffening Rings, Dome, mooring lines) for the MIFIS Concept. In addition a new and innovative structure: the Press-Gravitational Buffer Bell Separator was introduced in order to succeed an efficient three phase separation. A parametric, multidisplinary method was launched for the structural integrity. The Conceptual configuration of the MIFIS concept with further design guidelines were proposed after the Principal Investigation.