Computational Multiscale Mechanics Laboratory
Ibrahim Guven, Ph.D.
Engineered Tissue Multiscale Mechanics and Modeling Laboratory
Joao Soares, Ph.D.
MechanoUrology, Biomechanics and Robotics Laboratory
John E. Speich, Ph.D.
The Computational Multiscale Mechanics Laboratory focuses research on understanding failure initiation and propagation in aerospace structures by combined experimental and computational approaches. We are an actively contributing research group in the development of peridynamics, an emerging computational field. Our research is funded by NASA, US Air Force, Boeing, and Raytheon.
Impact damage in advanced composites used in aircraft and spacecraft continues to be an important concern. We develop computational approaches to test different scenarios for durability assessment of such structures in virtual environment. SEM image courtesy of AFRL
In order to understand failure initiation and propagation in fiber reinforced composites, in collaboration with US Air Force, we simulate fracture phenomenon observed in micro-scale experiments performed within scanning electron microscope chamber.
Joao Soares, Ph.D.Laboratory Website
The Engineered Tissue Multiscale Mechanics & Modeling (ETM3) Laboratory aims to develop highly-integrative experimental-computational approaches for cardiovascular tissue engineering, in particular, for small-caliber engineered tissue vascular grafts for coronary artery bypass surgery and epicardial restraint patches for myocardium support after infarction.
Engineered Tissue Multiscale Mechanics & Modeling (ETM3) Research Modus Operandi. Simulation, experimentation, and theoretical development in tissue engineering must supplement each other – our research focus on the development of theoretical models/frameworks to improve fundamental and mechanistic understanding of engineered tissue growth & development, to describe/predict empirically observed phenomena, and to employ them as rational tools for exploration of incubation and implantation protocols. Specifically, our research program relies in a three-pronged approach involving close-loop experiments-theory-simulation: (1) we develop theoretical frameworks describing biomedical phenomena, (2) we deploy them into in silico tools for biomedical simulation; and (3) we carefully design and conduct in vitro and in vivo experiments for validation and refinement.
John E. Speich, Ph.D.Laboratory Website
The MechanoUrology, Biomechanics and Robotics Laboratory is researching ways to develop improved clinical biomechanical diagnostics for overactive bladder (OAB), which affects ~20% of adults in the U.S. We are currently working to understand the complex biomechanical mechanisms responsible for dynamic elasticity and spontaneous rhythmic bladder contractions in humans and animal models of OAB.
Technologies, techniques and skills used in the MechanoUrology Lab.
Charles Cartin, Ph.D.
Frank Gulla, M.S., P.E.
Bradley Nichols, Ph.D.