Multiscale Mechanics & Materials LabOur group conducts cutting-edge research at the nexus of materials and structures. We couple materials characterization with high-performance computing to address a wide range of research topics that are especially pertinent to the defense, aerospace, and manufacturing communities.
We believe that by pursuing a 3-D understanding of material and mechanical behavior across multiple length scales, we can begin to design smarter, multifunctional, and more sustainable structural systems to suit the needs of a dynamic society.
Tools & Techniques
We employ various types of computing resources to simulate and predict 3-D mechanical behavior of materials, with emphasis on fatigue and fracture. We support numerical modeling with advanced materials characterization techniques, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), and high-energy X-ray diffraction microscopy (HEDM) to characterize and quantify material structure at lower length scales. Finally, we develop methods to analyze, visualize, and effectively communicate the 3-D information obtained from our measurements and simulations.
Researchers in the MMM Lab will participate in a NASA-funded Space Technology Research Institute (STRI), which will receive $15M over the next five years. The Institute for [...]
Profs. Brittany Coats (PI) and Ashley Spear, along with collaborator Prof. Susan Margulies from the University of Pennsylvania, have received a $591K grant from the U.S. Dept. of Justice fo[...]
Undergraduate Researcher, Jayden Plumb, has been appointed as a Student Intern to the Engineering Directorate/Computational Engineering Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Jayden will spend [...]