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.
CURRENT AND PAST RESEARCH INTERESTS
- 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.
CONTACT US - Mailing Address: Mechanical Engineering 260 Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering 2 East Alumni Avenue University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI 02881 Email: email@example.com