Advanced Materials Systems


Focus Areas

  • Composite Materials and Layered Structures
  • Multi-scale Multi-physics Computational and Experimental Mechanics
  • Micro and Nano-Mechanics and Manufacturing
  • Morphing Structures, Soft and Flexible Materials

Associated Faculty

Ashraf Bastawros Mechanics of soft and flexible materials and structures under combined external fields Surface evolution under stress, electrochemical, and plasma fields Mechanics of interfaces and layered structures
Leonard Bond Ultrasonics applied to nondestructive evaluation (NDE) Advanced diagnostics and prognostics, to estimate safe service life, applied to aerospace and energy systems.
Vinay Dayal Non-contact and non-invasive methods of flaw detection in composites NDE of wind turbine blades made of composites Composite aerospace structures: design and analysis
Stephen Holland Vibrothermographic nondestructive testing. Location of leaks in spacecraft Finding flaws – cracks in metals, delaminations in composites through heat signatures
Wei Hong Mechanics and physics of soft materials Multi-physics modeling and simulation Smart materials and structures Fracture, deformation, and mass transportation Biomechanics
Valery Levitas Stress- and strain-induced phase transformations and chemical reactions Theoretical and computational nano- and micromechanics Mutliphysics theory and modeling
Liming Xiong Development of a Massively Parallel Concurrent Atomistic-Continuum Simulation Tool Atomistic and Multiscale Material Behavior: Fracture, Plasticity, Phase Transformation and Thermal Transport Multiscale Computational Design of Advanced Materials with Complex Microstructures

Post-Doctoral Position

Post-Doctoral Position in Experimental Phase Transitions and Plasticity Under High Pressure

Post-doctoral position at Iowa State University is available starting Summer/Fall 2019 to perform experimental research on coupled plastic flow, phase transformations, and other structural changes under high pressure and torsion of a sample in rotational diamond anvil cell. Experience with in situ high pressure experimentation and/or x-ray characterization of stresses and structural changes in materials at the micron scale is desired. Close collaboration with theoretical / computational collaborators and with Ames Laboratory of DoE is expected. Please email your application to Prof. Valery Levitas

Aerospace Engineering Hours

  • Office, 1200 Howe: Summer hours, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Howe Hall: Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Emergency contact: Building supervisor Jim Benson, 515-294-4946