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Welcome to the Mechadynamics Lab’s homepage on the web. The Mechadynamics Lab was founded in 2016 as a research facility designed to investigate the confluence of structural dynamics, contact mechanics, and tribology.

The Mechadynamics Lab is home to both graduate and undergraduate research as well as the Institute for Nonlinear Dynamics of Coupled Structures and Interfaces (ND-CSI). Please use the links above to navigate the site.

The Mechadynamic Lab’s research broadly encompasses the fields of:

  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Nonlinear Mechanics
  • Contact/Interface Mechanics/Tribology
  • Numerical Methods
  • Vibration
  • Uncertainty Quantification
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Applied Mathematics for Mechanical Engineering

The central question of the Mechadynamic Lab’s research is how can we design and predict the response of an assembled structure that contains strong nonlinearities. This research is strongly motivated by the aerospace, defense, and automotive industries. To this end, the focus of the Mechadynamic lab’s recent research has been constitutive modeling for impact dynamics, joint mechanics, the application of additive manufacturing for designing system level assemblies, and the application of a branch of complex number theory (termed hyper dual numbers) to developing parameterized models.

New: current opportunities in the Mechadynamics Lab are now listed under the “Opportunites” tab!