The famous Newton's laws are the basis of solid (as well as fluid) mechanics. In continuum solid mechanics, these laws are applied not only to the body as a whole, but to each particle of the body individually. Additionally, there are laws (called constitutive laws) modeling how different materials behave in various mechanical situations.
Solid mechanics is the fundamental physics behind all machines, objects (cars, rocket ships, toys), buildings, bridges, and so forth. The extreme importance to industry is obvious.
Solid mechanics can interact with various other kinds of physics, e.g. electromagnetics, thermal physics, optics and these phenomena are important in various applications.
NONLINEAR MATERIAL MODELS. Creating a methodology for finding material model parameters of nonlinear materials. Read more…
FORCE BALANCE SOLVER. Solves specific problems involving linear elastic, non-linear elastic and rigid parts and fluid pressure. Load-deformation curves of each individual body are calculated separately. The force balance solver finds the final resting position in which the entire system will settle.
SHEPHERD ALGORITHM. We created a new algorithm to approximate multi-body interactions, with one elastic and multiple rigid bodies. As the rigid bodies move, the shepherd algorithm quickly creates a feasible solution which is heuristically close to the final solution. Mechanical simulations involving multi-body contact have shown vast speedup using this technique.
FEM WIRE SIMULATOR. A finite element simulator of metallic wire parts. Was commissioned as a validating simulator for a large simulation platform.