Welcome to the Group on Contact and Interfacial Mechanics at the Institute of Continuum Mechanics at Leibniz Universität Hannover. Our research is focused on comprehending the mechanics associated with the nonlinear behavior of interfaces. Interfaces are existent in all systems and critical to their behavior. For ex: Walking is a result of frictional interaction between the feet & ground; Head injuries involve propagation of shock waves ffrom the skull to the brain via the fluid interface made of CerebroSpinal Fluid; Lubrication involves contact of two surfaces across a thin film interfaces; Building foundations involve interaction between the granular materials and the foundation piles; interfacial sliding across dislocation leading to plasticity etc.

Friction, Contact and Interfacial mechanics play a primary role in all material and structural behavior. Our pursuit is to develop a physics-based, mathematically-rigorous theory using computational & numerical techniques and validated by experiments. Further on, we exploit the understanding to design structures that can exploit the nonlinearities for enhanced and tunable properties. More detailed information on our ongoing research is available in our Research section.

Recent Publication

  1. A. B. Harish, A. G. Neto, S. Andress, M. Haverstreng, and P. Wriggers, ``Modeling of Textile Composite: A Contact Mechanics Perspective,'' AIAA Journal (2018) (Invited paper, Accepted for publication)

  2. D. Harursampath, A. B. Harish and D. H. Hodges, “Model reduction in thin-walled open-section composite beams. Part I: Theory,” Thin-Walled Structures, vol. 117, pp. 356-366 (2017)

  3. D. Harursampath, A. B. Harish and D. H. Hodges, “Model reduction in thin-walled open-section composite beams. Part II: Applications,” Thin-Walled Structures, vol. 117, pp. 367-377 (2017)

  4. A. B. Harish, P. Wriggers, J. Jungk, N. Hojdis and C. Recker “Mesoscale constitutive modeling of non-crystallizing filled elastomers, Computational Mechanics, vol. 57(4), pp. 653-677 (2016)

Latest News

We welcome back Shengming Tang for his Masters' work

Ajay B. Harish was invited as a visiting Researcher to Lappeenranta University of Technology

Upcoming Events

Ajay B. Harish will be defending his Doctoral dissertation on 25-May-2018

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