G. Ravichandran
John E. Goode, Jr., Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering;
Otis Booth Leadership Chair, Division of Engineering and Applied Science
G. Ravichandran

Research

Fracture and Adhesion Mechanics of Heterogeneous Materials

Interface mechanical properties have a significant effect on adhesion and fracture properties of materials. The measurement of these interface properties is critical for optimization of heterogeneous materials, particularly in additive manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing.

Our approach includes study of additive manufacturing, material characterization, experimental methods, and imaging techniques

High Pressure and High Strain Rate Behavior of Materials

Strength of materials at high-pressures and high-strain-rates is relevant to a number of applications including planetary impact and inertial confinement fusion. Understanding how strength depends on pressure allows for the characterization of materials and validation of constitutive models.

Our approach includes study of shear resistance of glass, melting and solidification, shock compression of metals, dynamic strength and hydrodynamic instabilities of various materials.