Kamrin Group
Continuum modeling from solids to fluids


Ken Kamrin and the students and postdocs of the Kamrin Group (plus a few alum).   Visit the People link to learn more about the members of the group and their activities.

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 mechanics, with an emphasis on highly-deforming bulk materials. A particular area of interest is the mechanics of granular media, a complex material with a number geotechnical 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 capabilities in the continuum by developing novel computational methods and 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 elasto-viscoplastic modeling).  Broad areas of ongoing research include:  Constitutive modeling, simulation, and homogenization of amorphous 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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