Solid Mechanics and Materials

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Solid Mechanics and Materials


 The Solid Mechanics and Materials group develops novel computational solutions for problems in the mechanical behavior of advanced materials.

  Research spans length scales from nanometer to kilometer, and includes:

  • Microstructural effects on mechanical behavior
  • Nanomechanics, granular mechanics, and continuum mechanics
  • Nano-scale, micro-scale, meso-scale, and macro-scale material behavior models
  • Atomic structure and stability
  • Advanced computational methods (DEM, BEM, FEM, MD)
  • Incorporation of microstructural effects in materials modeling.
  • Crack initiation and growth in advanced materials.
  • Boundary element methods.
  • Homogenization theory
  • Atomic structure, stability, and properties of nanostructures
  • Advanced materials for Li-ion batteries
  • Catalytic processes for hydrogen storage applications
  • Mechanical properties of advanced ceramics
  • Graphene: growth, stability, properties
  • Directed assembly of viruses on templated surfaces
  • Nanoparticle-protein interactions in nanotoxicology
  • Development and application of computational methods in engineering and materials science.
  • Simulation of flow, compaction and fracture processes in bulk solids and particulate media.
  • Modeling of static and dynamic fracture behavior in geo-materials.



John R. Berger

Cristian V. Ciobanu

Graham G.W. Mustoe

Aaron Stebner

Brian Thomas

Garritt Tucker

Ray Zhang

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