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Fluid and Solid Mechanics

Tracking Particles and FrontsGraduate research projects in applied mechanics span a wide spectrum of topics in both fluid mechanics and solid mechanics. Applications range from astrophysical fluid dynamics to biomechanics to optics manufacturing.

Some of these projects involve cooperative work with local industry, with the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). Facilities include extensive computational resources and state-of-the-art optical metrology and fabrication equipment located at LLE.

General research topics for faculty members working in applied mechanics are listed below. Click on a faculty name for a link to their web page with more detail about their research.

Associated Faculty

  • Niaz Abdolrahim (Continuum mechanics, Finite element methods, atomistic simulations, Monte Carlo methods)
  • Hussein Aluie (Computational Fluid Dynamics, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Turbulence, Magnetohydrodynamics)
  • Hesam Askari (Mechanics of Solids and soft matter; Granular systems; Stocahstic response ; Manufacturing techniques)
  • Jonathan Ellis (Machine design, optical metrology, displacement interferometry)
  • Paul Funkenbusch (Optical manufacturing, robust design, quality engineering)
  • Vic Genberg (Optomechanical analysis, optimum design)
  • Sheryl Gracewski (Optical manufacturing, bubble dynamics)
  • Douglas H. Kelley (Reactive mixing, liquid metal batteries, ocean mixing, coherent structures in fluid flow)
  • John Lambropoulos (Optical manufacturing, thermomechanical damage)
  • Amy Lerner (Orthopedic biomechanics)
  • Jong-Hoon Nam (Biophysics of the inner ear, cell and tissue mechanics)
  • Renato Perucchio (Nonlinear finite elements, mechanics of ancient structures, heart development)
  • Jessica Shang (experimental fluid mechanics; vortex dynamics; wakes; biological flows; fluid-structure interactions)