The development of controlled microstructures is a primary goal in designing novel materials with unique thermal, mechanical, and other properties. The main mission of the Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials is to predict shock conditions under which new materials can be synthesized. This type of processing will provide conditions under which materials would achieve enhanced properties that would be difficult to realize under conventional manufacturing. Such material transformations are governed by a plethora of physics, mechanics, and chemistry that test our understanding of microstructure-property-relations and our capacity to tune properties of materials at will. To tackle such an ambitious project, the center’s goal is to develop predictive computational tools using models that are verified and validated with quantified uncertainty on future high-performance Exascale computer platforms.
On a related topic, it is well known that the Navier-Stokes-Fourier equations provide a shock structure in gases that is inaccurate at Mach numbers larger than about 1.5. Using continuum theory, we derive an extended model that will be shown to be accurate at much higher Mach numbers.
Professor Paolucci received his B.S. (Magna cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University in 1979. Dr. Paolucci is currently Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and concurrent professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to that he was a Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California.
Dr. Paolucci has received research funding from NSF, DOE, AFOSR, ONR and a number of private companies. His research expertise are in the fields of laminar and turbulent natural and mixed convection flows, non-Boussinesq convection, hydrodynamic stability, nonlinear dynamical systems and chaos, fluid mechanics of multiphase and reacting flows, nanofluids, green scale digital design and analysis tool for sustainable buildings, multiscale computational methods, and analytical and computational solutions of partial differential equations. He recently published the book Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Matter, Cambridge University Press, January 2016, which offers a unified view of continuum mechanics for advanced undergraduate and graduate students.
In addition to his contributions in the classroom, Paolucci serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluids Engineering and was the Principal Investigator and Director of the Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials.
He is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), and a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).