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.
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
- Polyurethane pad scratching mechanisms in Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP).
- Wear of gem coatings against total joint replacement and implant materials.
- Thermomechanics of 3D printed hybrid materials
- Structural mechanics and tornado-strength winds
- Thermomechanics of alloy contacts in joining processes.
- Phase transformation of alloys with time-dependent and history-dependent effects.
- Thermomechanics of lipid bilayers.
- Dissipative processes in fabrics, fibers and armor.
- Thermomechanics of frictional contacts.
- Isotraction Bump Pull (IBP) Method testing lead-free solder contacts for microelectronics.
- Contact studies utilizing differential geometry and configurational entropy.
- Study to mitigate in vivo corrosion of metal-on-metal total hip replacements at the femoral head/neck taper interface.
- Experiments of bearing wear with cathodic protection in marine environments.
- Lubrication experiments and analytical studies of functionalized medical-related surfaces for bio-adhesive and/or anti-adhesive properties.
- 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.