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California Institute of Technology Graduate Aerospace Laboratories California Institute of Technology Kochmann Research Group

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In the Kochmann group, we combine theoretical, computational and experimental methods of solid mechanics to study the link between microstructure and macroscopic properties of a variety of materials with diverse applications in science and technology. Our work aims at advanced modeling techniques to better understand and predict the behavior of materials by means of efficient and accurate models (ranging from the atomic scale to the macroscopic continuum viewpoint). Furthermore, we explore design strategies for novel materials with tunable exceptional properties, and we seek to create and test such materials. Read more about some of our recent and ongoing research projects by following the links below.


         
We employ various methods of computational mechanics to bridge the scales in solids... We conceive, model and test novel tunable composites with transforming constituents... We develop continuum dislocation theories for polycrystal plasticity...


         
We use quasicontinuum and molecular dynamics to bridge across the scales... We study the stability of composites with constituents having extreme properties... We study the evolution of microstructures in finite-strain plasticity...