Mechanics of Interfaces and Adhesion

ABOUT THE RESEARCH GROUP

God made the bulk; the surface was invented by the devil …”- Wolfgang Pauli. We are devil's advocate trying to shape properties of layered materials by design of surfaces and interfaces between constituents. Can we make a layered material more compliant or stiff only by design of interfaces? Can the damage tolerance be improved? Can layered material detect own flaws? When material fail? We are giving responses to these questions, but the motivation is coming from the two another…why? and how?

Cracks...a new perspective

 

RESEARCH DIRECTIONS

  • Mechanics of wetting phenomena
  • Failure in layered materials: brittle fracture, viscoelastic effects, environmental effects
  • Design and tuning of material properties
  • Material and geometrical nonlinearity effects pre and post failure

 

APPLICATIONS

  • Adhesive bonding
  • Composite materials
  • Multimaterials additive manufacturing
  • Bonding and failure of soft materials
  • Interfaces under harsh environmental conditions

 

TOOLS USED FOR ANALYSIS

  • Experimental mechanics
  • Structural mechanics
  • Continuum and Fracture mechanics
  • Finite Element Analysis