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Computational Mechanics Group (CMG)

The Brunel’s Advanced Computational Mechanics Research Group conducts leading edge research in the area of computational mechanics. The group is involved in developing numerical solutions and constitutive models for a number of engineering problems with applications in the aerospace, offshore and medical engineering industries.

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Research Activities

Structural dynamics

  • Inverse eigen value analysis
  • Multi-Body dynamics

Nonlinear finite element analysis of structures

  • Formulation and implementation of a new non-linear strain based shell element

Finite element multi-physics analysis

  • Fluid-solid interaction modelling

Use of the FEA explicit methods for analysis of general contact-impact and large deformation problems

  • Development and implementation of a new condensation algorithm for modelling of contact problems

Computational plasticity using FEA explicit methods in applications such as modelling of metal forming processes

Simulation of hydrobulging process

Structural design optimisation

  • Inverse optimisation
  • Factorial design methods
  • Genetic algorithm

Fatigue analysis of structures

  • Modelling of crack initiation and propagation in structural components
  • Weight function techniques; automatic mesh generation of 3D crack tip elements for J-Integral analysis

Design and development of special purpose finite element algorithm and codes for a variety of different applications