Institute of Mechanics and Advanced Materials
The mission of the Institute is to develop, validate and verify reliable models alongside robust, accurate and efficient simulation tools to describe and understand complex non-linear systems, both natural and engineered, on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales, with an emphasis on advanced materials and structures.
In order to address this challenge, the vision of the world-class team of theoretical and computational mechanics researchers in the Institute is to, over the next 5 years:
- Develop novel approaches to model and simulate systems from the atomistic to the continuum level with a special emphasis on multiscale fracture, contact, friction and adhesion;
- Consolidate the development of advanced discretisation techniques to tackle non-equilibrium problems involving moving discontinuities, singularities and strong topological changes (extended and generalized finite elements, meshless/meshfree methods, lattice and molecular dynamics);
- Construct solution algorithms capable of handling very large non-linear (eigenvalue) problems with controlled computational cost;
- Focus on multi-phase, multi-scale and multi-field materials, in particular: (bio)composites, nano/micro-electronics materials;
- Propose real-time and interactive simulation tools for computational steering and surgical simulation through e.g. model order reduction algorithms;
- Study Nature to inspire the design of new materials and structures;
- Investigate novel approaches to achieve predefined accuracy levels for highly non-linear problems;
- Develop novel algorithms, sustainable and open-source software with professional developers to harness the soaring computing power available for massively parallel simulations to prepare for exascale computing (2017).
Honorary & Visiting Staff
The Cardiff School of Engineering is recognised as being one of the top engineering research centres in the UK. In the RAE 2008, Cardiff School of Engineering consolidated its position as one of the top 10 research led engineering schools in the UK. Civil Engineering was ranked in the top 3 amongst UK peers for the second successive assessment, while Mechanical Engineering entered the top 10.
Postgraduate (Research) Admissions Tutor:
Prof S. L. Evans