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Karel Matous



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College of Engineering Collegiate Associate Professor of Computational Mechanics

Co-Director of Center for Shock-Wave Processing of Advanced Reactive Materials (C-SWARM)

Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
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Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
University of Notre Dame
367 Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5637
Phone: +1-574-631-1376
Fax: +1-574-631-8341
E-mail:  kmatous@nd.edu

Short Curriculum Vitae

    Research Interests


    image Computational Mechanics and Physics, Computational Science and Engineering
    image Multi-time, Multi-scale, Multi-physics Modeling of Complex Systems   
    image Statistical Micromechanics, Statistical Materials Learning Techniques
    image Experimental and Numerical Microtomography Based Modeling of Materials
    image Numerical Methods and Nonlinear Mechanics
    image High Performance Parallel Computing
    image Optimization Techniques



Recent News

The Computational Physics Group at the University of Notre Dame has been awarded a research project entitled "Modeling Mechanical Performance of Nanoparticle-‐Reinforced Resins", from Corporate Research Materials Laboratory at 3M: Amount $130,000.

Dr. K. Matous has been appointed the College of Engineering Collegiate Associate Professor of Computational Mechanics. Also, Dr. K. Matous has been awarded tenure.

Dr. K. Matous will take responsibilities as a Co-Director of the Center for Shock-Wave Processing of Advanced Reactive Materials (C-SWARM).



Recent Scientific Discoveries

       

For centuries, great minds like Kepler, Maxwell and Einstein have investigated the statistical characterization of many-body systems, and implications of small-scale structures on the macroscopic transport and mechanical properties. In this work, an accurate statistical description of heterogeneous particulate materials is computed using novel adaptive interpolation/integration scheme. This statistical information is then utilized within mathematical theories for predicting the overall thermo-mechanical behavior. For the first time, we predict properties of granular Platonic solids packs and discover a significant shape effect in their thermal-conductivity. Based on this work, a large class of materials with arbitrary inclusions can now be easily studied.

Our recent paper will appear in the  Proceedings of the Royal Society A.


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