Kamrin Group
Continuum modeling from solids to fluids



Ken Kamrin and the students and postdocs of the Kamrin group.   Visit the People link to learn more about the members of the group and their activities.


How does sand flow? One of the many fundamental questions under investigation in the Kamrin group. (c/o MIT News)              

Important News:  Professor Kamrin will be moving to UC Berkeley and joining their mechanical engineering department in July 2024.  Potential students, postdocs, and visitors, please take notice.  

The Kamrin group is headed by Prof. Ken Kamrin in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Our research focuses broadly on continuum fluid and solid modeling, with an emphasis on highly-deforming materials. A particular area of interest is the mechanics and physics of granular materials, a complex material with a number geophysical, aerospace, and industrial applications. Continuum modeling, when applicable, can offer predictive power in a fraction of the time needed for full micro-level discrete simulation. We aim to improve understanding in the continuum by developing novel computational methods and physically motivated constitutive relations.

A significant motivational theme is to understand problems that combine fluid- and solid-like behaviors, either geometrically (as in fluid-structure interaction) or constitutively (as in complex rheology of soft materials). Broad areas of ongoing research include: Constitutive modeling, simulation, and homogenization of amorphous and particulate materials; Eulerian and meshless simulation methods for finite-deformation solid laws; reduced-dimensional models for fluid or solid behaviors; mobility theory of flows over textured surfaces.

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