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PhD position in computational mechanics (focus elastodynamics)

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I have a PhD position available for a project involving the design of metamaterial unit cells for shock wave mitigation applications. The graduate research assistantship (GRA) position is for the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) which is a part of University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK). The student will be located in Knoxville. Some important points are:

1. Characterization of dispersive overall properties of the metamaterial using both time domain (TD) and frequency domain (FD) methods. For the TD method, the method of asynchronous spacetime discontinuous Galerkin method will be used.

2. For nonlinear response of the designed material, direct numerical simulation (DNS) will be used and different interfacial and bulk failure models will be considered.

The student should have a strong background and interest in all or most of the following areas:

1.Computer programming: Proficiency in C++ programming is highly valued. 

2.Computational solid and fracture mechanics (preferable).

3.Mathematics: familiarity with elastodynamics and in general hyperbolic PDEs.

4. Homogenization theory and characterization of the response of dispersive materials (preferable).

This position will be filled very shortly, so please contact me at the earliest possible.

Interested applicants should send an email to, directly describing their background in the four areas mentioned above and attaching their CV / resume. 

For a general overview of the research projects in my group you can refer to and

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