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Who are we?

This is the research group led by Prof. Adrian J. Lew. We work on

  • Creation and mathematical analysis  of models and numerical methods to simulate the thermal and mechanical behavior of solids and fluids. 
  • Hydraulic fracturing modeling and simulation, with applications in fracking and geophysics problems.
  • Metal additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, in which we have an integrated modeling and experimental program.

Recent Highlights

Hydraulic Fracture in a Narrow Channel

The paper by Benjamin Grossman-Ponemon has been recently published by the International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics (doi). In this paper, we deform a  Universal Mesh to exactly mesh the fracture faces as they propagate in two dimensions. The Universal Mesh algorithm guarantees that the mesh on the crack faces is nice, which enables us to solve the lubrication equations for the propagation of the fracturing fluid on this evolving manifold.


  • [4 Years gap....] More news to come soon...

  • [Nov 20, 2015] Maurizio Chiaramonte defended his thesis.

  • [ June 14, 2015] Evan Gawlik receives the Juan C. Simo Best Thesis Award.

  • [ Septeber, 2014 ] Honorable Mention of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman's 2012 Awards for Advancement in Accessibility for the Virtual Braille Keyboard.

  • [June 16, 2012] LavXm Reunion for Commencement: Some former and current members of the group together for lunch before commencement.




From left to right: Maurizio Chiaramonte, Ramsharan Rangarajan, Alex Ten Eyck, Raymond Ryckman, Adrian Lew, Michael Hunsweck, Haneesh Kesari, Evan Gawlik, Jean-Antoine Bechara.


  • Universal Meshes: Ramsharan Rangarajan showcases the idea behind Universal Meshes, to construct high-order immersed boundary methods and simulate complex cracking problems, such as thermally-induced cracking and hydraulic fracture.