James K. Knowles Lectures
and Caltech Solid Mechanics Symposium


Thursday, March 17, 2022
135 Gates•Thomas, Jim Sandy Hall Auditorium

Zoom: https://caltech.zoom.us/j/89918373151

The 12th annual James K. Knowles Lectures and Caltech Solid Mechanics Symposium will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2022, in the Jim & Sandy Hall Auditorium in Gates•Thomas. The James K. Knowles Lectures will feature four speakers followed by the Solid Mechanics Symposium with presentations by current Caltech graduate students and postdocs.

The Lectures and Symposium are in memory of James K. Knowles, William J. Keenan, Jr. Professor of Applied Mechanics, Emeritus, who passed away on November 1, 2009. He is well known for his research contributions to the theory of nonlinear elasticity and the mathematical theories of materials and structures. Dr. Knowles inspired and influenced generations of students and scholars and authored over one hundred journal publications, as well as a textbook for graduate students entitled Linear Vector Spaces and Cartesian Tensors (Oxford University Press).

The Lectures and Symposium will be held annually and are made possible by the Division of Engineering and Applied Science and the support of family, friends and colleagues through donations to the James K. Knowles Memorial Fund.

James K. Knowles Lectures

Krishna Garikipati

University of Michigan

A free energy-based framework for scale bridging in crystalline solids--with some use of machine learning methods

The free energy plays a fundamental role in theories of phase transformations and microstructural evolution in crystalline solids. It encodes the thermodynamic coupling between mechanics and chemistry within continuum descriptions of non-equilibrium materials phenomena. In mechano-chemically interacting materials systems, consideration of compositions, order parameters and strains results in a high-dimensional free energy density function. Since its origins lie in the electronic structure, a rigorous representation of the free energy presents a framework for scale bridging in solids. In this study we have been exploring such a framework, while developing practical machine learning methods to contend with high dimensionality and efficient sampling. We have developed integrable deep neural networks (IDNNs) that are trained to free energy derivative data generated by statistical mechanics simulations. The latter are based on cluster Hamiltonians, themselves trained on density functional theory calculations. The IDNNs can be analytically integrated to recover a free energy density function. We combine the IDNNs with active learning workflows for well-distributed sampling of the free energy derivative data in high-dimensional input spaces. This enables scale bridging between first-principles statistical mechanics and continuum phase field models. As prototypical material systems we focus on applications in Ni-Al alloys and in the battery cathode material: LixCoO2.

Alan Needleman

Krishna Garikipati obtained his PhD at Stanford University in 1996, and after a few years of post-doctoral work, he joined the University of Michigan in 2000, where is now a Professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. Since 2016 he also has served as the Director of the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering (MICDE). His research is in computational science, with applications drawn from materials physics, biophysics, mechanics and mathematical biology. Of recent interest are data-driven approaches to computational science. He has been awarded the DOE Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and a Humboldt Research Fellowship. He is a fellow of the US Association for Computational Mechanics, a Life Member of Clare Hall at University of Cambridge, and a visiting scholar in Computational Biology at the Flatiron Institute of the Simons Foundation.

Event Program

Time Speaker Title
9:00–10:00am Krishna Garikipati
Plenary Speaker
A free energy-based framework for scale bridging in crystalline solids--with some use of machine learning methods
10:00-10:30am Coffee Break
10:30–10:50am Uba K. Ubamanyu Time-dependent failure of deployable composite structures
10:50-11:10am Vito Rubino Dynamic triggering and rapid weakening in laboratory earthquakes with rock gouge
11:10–11:30am Connor McMahan An effective continuum model for the buckling of non-periodic architected sheets
11:30–11:50am Shengduo Liu Computational Modelling of Frictional Shear Failure in Poroelastic Solids
11:50–1:30pm Lunch
1:30–1:50pm Neda Maghsoodi Nonlinear dynamics of photomechanical liquid crystal elastomer fibers
1:50–2:10pm Andy Akerson Optimal Design of Soft Responsive Structures and Actuators
2:10–2:30pm Tingtao Zhou Wave localization in disordered media
2:30–2:50pm Rob Buarque de Macedo Ant Tunnel Mechanics
2:50–3:20pm Coffee Break
3:20–3:40pm Elif Oral From Los Angeles to Kathmandu: Predicting ground motion starting from rupture dynamics consistent with regional seismicity
3:40-4:00pm Vatsa Gandhi Dynamic strength characterization of phase transformed iron
4:00–4:20pm Kyungjae Im Tremors: origin and significance
4:20-4:40pm Widi Moestopo Pushing and Pulling on Ropes: Reconfiguration and Energy Dissipation in Hierarchical Intertwined Materials
4:40-5:30pm Reception