Kamrin Group
Continuum modeling from solids to fluids
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Ken Kamrin (center), the Class of '56 Career Development Assistant Professor at MIT, surrounded by the students and postdocs of the Kamrin group, in May 2013.   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 mechanics, with an emphasis on highly-deforming bulk materials such as granular materials, viscous fluids, and compliant elastic solids.  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 viscoplastic material flow).  Some broad areas of ongoing research include:  Constitutive modeling, simulation, and homogenization of amorphous materials;  simulation methods for finite-deformation solid laws;  reduced-dimensional models for thin materials of general rheophysical behavior;  and mobility theory of viscous flows over textured surfaces. See the tabs to the right for more details about our group.


News & Events

4/2014:
The paper "Effect of Particle Surface Friction on Nonlocal Constitutive Behavior of Flowing Granular Media" with Georg Koval is accepted to the inaugural edition of Journal of Computational Particle Mechanics.

3/2014:
Congratulations to Boris Valkov on the completion of his MS!

2/2014:
Come to our focus session "Continuum Descriptions of Discrete Media" at the upcoming APS March Meeting in Denver.

2/2014:
Undergraduate researcher D. Carrington Motley is welcomed to the Kamrin Group!

1/2014:
Congratulations to Sachith Dunatunga on the completion of his MS!!

10/2013:
The paper, "Small-amplitude acoustics in bulk granular media," with David Henann, John Valenza, and David Johnson, is accepted to Phys Rev E.  It is featured in the October PRE Kaleidoscope of Images.

9/2013:
Come to the 4th installment of the NEW.Mech workshop, to be held at Northeastern University on Oct 12.  NEW.Mech aims to bring together the New England Mechanics community with an interest in exploring new directions on the mechanics of materials and structures and share the latest advancements in the field.

8/2013:
Graduate student Tyler Olsen and undergraduate James Slonaker are welcomed to the Kamrin Group!

7/2013:
Our work on granular flow modeling is featured as the July 2013 topic of the iMechanica Journal Club.

4/2013: 
Congratulations David Henann!!!  David Henann (postdoc in the Kamrin Group) accepts an offer to become Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Brown University.

4/2013:
Prof Kamrin and Reis' program i2.002, which mixes new online multimedia tools into residential education, receives the MIT Spotlight. Read the press release and coverage in Education News.

3/2013:
Come to our session Continuum Descriptions of Discrete Materials at the APS March Meeting in Baltimore.

2/2013:
The paper "A Predictive, Size-Dependent Continuum Model for Dense Granular Flows," with David Henann, is accepted to PNAS.
Read the press release by MIT news about this work.

12/2012:
Ken wins an NSF CAREER Award!

12/2012:
The paper "Some Exact Properties of the Effective Slip Over Surfaces with Hydrophobic Patternings" is accepted as a letter to Phys. Fluids.

11/2012:
See you at the ASME Congress in Houston! Come by our sessions on Amorphous Solids.

10/2012:
Come to the 3rd annual NEW.Mech Workshop being help this year at Brown University on November 3! This workshop is aimed to bring together the New England mechanics community to disseminate results and discuss ongoing reasearch. Registration is free!

9/2012:
Boris Valkov joins the Kamrin Group.

7/2012:
The paper Reference Map Technique for Finite-Strain Elasticity and Fluid-Solid Interaction is accepted to J. Mech. Phys. Solids.

6/2012:
Dr. Zakia Sultana is welcomed to the group!

5/2012:
The paper Nonlocal Constitutive Relation for Steady Granular Flow, with Georg Koval, appears in Phys. Rev. LettRead the press release by MIT news about this work, and watch the educational video.   Also see coverage in Mechanical Engineering: The Magazine of ASME, Motion System Design, RedOrbit, and IndustryWeek.

2/2012:
Come to our session Continuum Descriptions of Discrete Materials at the APS March Meeting in Boston.

2/2012:
Professors Kamrin and Reis launch i2.002, MIT's first for-credit class to be offered concurrently online!


{For more news, see our archive of postings.}




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