Veritas est Scientia

THERMOMECHANICS – Connecting continuum mechanics and thermodynamics of materials using frame-indifferent constitutive relations restricted by the second law of thermodynamics, and physically and mathematically described using differential geometry (OUR DEFINITION)

IN OTHER WORDS … We’ve never met a contact system we didn’t like.

THE LABORATORY – Makes use of experiments and analytical models for materials in the areas of continuum mechanics to solve real-world engineering problems. Tribological problems related to contact mechanics and dissipative processes are also of special interest.


  • Polyurethane pad scratching mechanisms in Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP).
  • Wear of gem coatings against total joint replacement and implant materials.
  • Phase transformation of alloys with time-dependent and history-dependent effects.
  • Thermomechanics of lipid bilayers.
  • Isotraction Bump Pull (IBP) Method testing lead-free solder contacts for microelectronics.
  • Thermomechanics of frictional contacts.
  • Contact studies utilizing differential geometry and configurational entropy.
  • Tribology experiments and simulations of Total Hip Replacments (THR).
  • Tribometer experiments for friction and wear analyses of sliding surfaces.
  • Wear debris characterization using Bio-Ferrography.
  • Metal-to-metal seal design and experiments.
  • Experiments on the effects of aging on rubber; Applications include rubber seals.



Mailing Address:
Mechanical Engineering
260 Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering
2 East Alumni Avenue
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881