Computational Mechanics


The faculty in the Computational Mechanics research cluster develop and use mathematical models and numerical simulation tools for problems in fluid and solid mechanics. Application areas include aerodynamics, fluid-structure interactions, marine structures, combustion, and atmospheric pollution modeling. The models, methodology, and software developed by researchers in this group are a key part of the outcome of the research. High-performance computing and data-driven modeling are essential tools for this work. By its nature, the research undertaken in this group requires expertise not just in fluid and solid mechanics, but also in computer science and applied mathematics. Students can expect to develop and use techniques including the finite element and finite volume methods, large eddy simulation, mesh adaptation, molecular dynamics, high-performance computing and data-driven modeling.



Mattia Bacca

Multi-scale Mechanics of Materials, Contact Mechanics

Research Interests: multi-scale mechanics of materials

Kendal Bushe

Turbulent Combustion

Research Interests: combustion, turbulence, numerical simulation, computational fluid dynamics, IC engines, thermal power generation

Gwynn Elfring

Mathematical Modeling

Research Interests: Stokes flow, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, soft matter, suspensions, biolocomotion, active matter, cell mechanics, capillary phenomena

Amanda Giang

Research Interests: challenges at the interface of environmental modelling and policy through an interdisciplinary lens, with a focus on air pollution and toxics.

Ian Frigaard

Fluid Mechanics

Research Interests: non-Newtonian fluid mechanics & industrial mathematical modelling

Rajeev Jaiman

Computational Fluid-Structure Interaction and Multiphysics Modeling

Research Interests: computational fluid dynamics, finite element methods, data-driven modeling, numerical analysis, interface coupling methods, unstructured meshes

Jasmin Jelovica

Research Interests: lightweight structures, marine structures: nonlinear analysis and failure of sandwich panels, finite element analysis, ultimate, fatigue and impact strength, structural optimization, influence of environment on strength

Carl Ollivier-Gooch

Carl Ollivier-Gooch

Computational Aerodynamics and Mesh Generation

Research Interests: Developing high-order accurate methods for compressible, turbulent flows, with applications in aerodynamics. Error and stability analysis for CFD algorithms. Aerodynamic optimization. Unstructured mesh generation and adaptation.

Mauricio Ponga

Multiscale modeling of materials

Research Interests: spallation in metals, sub-linear scaling methods for calculating crystal defects using DFT