CLMI – Dr. Timothy Truster

Computational Laboratory for the Mechanics of Interfaces



01/05/2015: Mini-symposium at USNCCM13: Stabilized and Multiscale Methods for Interface Mechanics

We are co-hosting the mini-symposium “Stabilized and Multiscale Methods for Interface Mechanics” at the 13th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics in San Diego http://13.usnccm.org/.

Abstracts are sought that are relevant to the following topics:

Interfaces are a critical physical feature of many natural and engineered systems. The computational modeling of such systems is complicated by evolving discontinuities, capturing local spatial and temporal scales that can be orders of magnitude below the system scales, as well as the treatment of possible multi-physics aspects. Specific examples include the interactions between stiff/inert implant devices and soft/living biological tissues, both process and failure modeling of fiber-reinforced composites, and capturing shock-wave transfers across fluid-solid interfaces in underwater structures. Stabilized methods provide a coherent approach to addressing such sources of instability.

The intent of this symposium is to bring together researchers considering various aspects of interface problems. Topics involving stabilized as well as multiscale methods for interfacial modeling are encouraged. Techniques that address stability issues in interface methods such as mortar methods, discontinuous Galerkin methods, Nitsche methods, and embedded mesh methods are welcome. Problem classes can range from contact and friction to delamination, heterogeneous materials, and localization or boundary layer tracking. Special emphasis is given to methods that are robust with respect to mesh distortion, accommodate different element types or polynomial orders, and are applicable to a broad range of material constitutive response.

Further information can be found on the conference website. Deadline for abstract submission is February 15, 2015.


09/29/2014: Mini-symposium at EMI 2015 Conference: Computational Methods and Applications for Solid and Structural Mechanics

We are co-hosting the mini-symposium “Computational Methods and Applications for Solid and Structural Mechanics” at the EMI 2015 Conference at Stanford University www.emi2015.info.

Abstracts are sought that are relevant to the following topics:

The aim of this MS is to provide a forum for discussing the novel computational methods and applications that pertain to solid and structural mechanics problems. This MS seeks to bring together students, academicians, and professionals working on computational solid and structural mechanics. In particular, contributions on the following topics are of significant interest: (a) novel discretization techniques for modeling cracks and discontinuities (e.g., XFEM/GFEM, meshless methods, discrete elements, cohesive elements, peridynamics and others), (b) reliable computational damage mechanics formulations (e.g., nonlocal methods, gradient methods, other regularization techniques); (c) multiscale modeling and methods for heterogeneous materials including composites, concrete, wood, and others; (d) computational methods for modeling inelastic material behavior (creep, fatigue, plasticity, etc.); (e) multiscale modeling and methods for structural mechanics problems; (f) modeling of multiphysics phenomena (e.g., environment induced material degradation, coupling between mechanics and electromagnetic effects, mechanics and transport phenomena, coupling between mechanics and chemistry, and others). This MS is sponsored by the EMI Computational Mechanics Committee.

Further information can be found on the conference website. Deadline for abstract submission is November 15, 2014.


08/26/2014: Two graduate student assistantships are available – FILLED

Two positions are available for prospective MS or PhD students to conduct research on projects related to advanced materials characterization, fracture mechanics, and numerical method development. Highly-motivated students are sought who have strong communication skills and preferably experience is one or more of the following areas: solid mechanics, finite element modeling, and computer programming. If interested, contact Dr. Timothy Truster directly at ttruster@utk.edu. Please include your resume along with a cover page describing any prior research experience and how your interests align with the research conducted by CLMI.

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