Research

The broad aim of our research is to develop theoretical and computational methods combined with experiments for the assessment, design, optimization and manufacturing of novel materials and structures in various applications. In particular, we are interested in novel composites, hierarchical materials and lightweight structures, soft and multifunctional materials, flexible and deployable structures, and image-based (CT, MRI) multiscale modeling of biological materials.

Soft materials, flexible and deployable structures

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References: J. Li, K. Kwok and S. Pellegrino, Mech Time-Depend Mater, 2016.

Hierarchical materials and lightweight structures

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References: J. Li and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, Proc R Soc A, 2009; M. Ostoja-Starzewski and J. Li, ZAMP, 2009; J. Li and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, Int J Eng Sci, 2011; M. Ostoja-Starzewski, J. Li, H. Joumaa and P.N. Demmie, ZAMM, 2013.

Thermo-elasto-plasticity, fracture and deformation patterns

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References: J. Li and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, ASME J App Mech, 2010; J. Li and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, Proc R Soc A, 2010; J. Li, A. Saharan, S. Koric and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, Phil Mag, 2012; J. Li and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, ASCE J Eng Mech, 2014.

Image-based (CT, MRI) multiscale modeling of biological materials

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References: E. Hamed, E. Novitskaya, J. Li, P.-Y. Chen, I. Jasiuk and J. McKittrick, Acta Biomater, 2012; E. Hamed, E. Novitskaya, J. Li, I. Jasiuk and J. McKittrick, Mat Sci Eng C, 2015; M. Chittenden, A. Najafi, J. Li and I. Jasiuk, J Mech Med Biol, 2015.