The Van der Giessen group is interested in all aspects of mechanical behaviour at size scales of micrometers and below. This includes the mechanics of engineered devices or biological entities, as well as the relationship between internal structure of a material (the microstructure) and its properties. We apply theory and a variety of computational techniques including molecular dynamics, dislocation dynamics, Monte Carlo methods and finite element methods. Size dependence is a common theme.Currently, my group is mainly working on three research areas:
(3) Polymer blends and nano-composites
Many polymers would not find structural application if they were not blended or reinforced. In this work we aim at understanding the competition between different deformation mechanisms and fracture processes in polymer composites that are blended with fillers of micrometer or nanometer dimensions in order to improve the fracture toughness and impact resistance.
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