Kammer Research Group

Computational Solid Mechanics

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We are interested in the mechanics of dynamic and transient phenomena leading to failure of materials and structures. Our research is focused on the effects that small- and meso-scale properties have on the overall response of solids and structures with particular interest in heterogeneous materials and interfaces. We develop cutting-edge numerical models and apply high-performance computing to obtain high-resolution simulations of physical phenomena occurring in failure mechanisms. Our approach combines computational mechanics with simple but insightful theoretical models from applied mechanics. Specific research topics include the characterization of slip fronts propagating at sub-Rayleigh or super-shear speeds during stick-slip mechanism, the stability analysis of frictional sliding along bimaterial interfaces, the scale-effect quantification of interface heterogeneities on rupture dynamics, the determination of meso-scale interface weakening processes using macro-to-micro as well as micro-to-macro modeling strategies, and the development of predictive models for failure of heterogeneous materials under multi-physical loading conditions.

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