CE Seminar by Alp Karakoç

Time: 10:00
Location: ENG 208







Speaker: Alp Karakoç

Title: Perspectives and challenges in computational modeling of complex materials

Date:  13 October, 2017

Time: 10:00-11:00

Place: ENG 208





The concept of complexity can be defined as the product of richness as a result of properties andinteractions of components within a system. In materials science and engineering, complex materials are the ones consisting of different and connected constituents, e.g. fiber and particle reinforced composites. Throughout the history, complex materials have been the center of interest in order to produce strong, light and tailorable materials resulting in better products for higher living standards.


Due to desirable and tailorable properties and recent developments in manufacturing techniques, there is an increasing demand for the utilization of complex materials in optical, electronical, mechanical, civil, automotive, aeronautical, medical and bio- engineering. In order to fully benefit from complex materials, a profound understanding of the correlation of their structures and properties at different length scales is necessary. For this purpose, significant investments and investigations have been made in modelling and simulation methods and tools during the last decades. With the increasing expertise and computational power, the generated tools turned out to create multi-million dollar businesses such as multiscale modeling and simulation software companies, composite materials consultancy services, and synthesis and fabrication start-ups for

novel complex materials.


In the light of these recent developments, perspectives and challenges in computational modeling of complex materials including cellular, fiber-based and composite materials will be presented in this seminar. The modelling approach will be explained step-by-step with current developments and possible research directions.




Dr. Alp Karakoç received his B.S. degree in the field of mechanical engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in the fields of product development and mechanics of materials from Dalarna University, Sweden and Aalto University, Finland. He is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at University of California, Los Angeles with an additional appointment in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems at Aalto University, Finland. Dr. Karakoç specializes in modelling and simulations of conventional and metamaterials. His current research investigations include micromechanical modelling of complex and hierarchical material systems

such as fibrous, composite, cellular and meta- materials; constitutive material modeling of metals and concrete with vectorized user material interface VUMAT, additive manufacturing of cellular and variable stiffness materials.