John E Dolbow

John Everett Dolbow

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor John E. Dolbow came to Duke University from Northwestern University, where he received an MS and PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. During the course of his graduate study, John was a Computational Science Graduate Fellow for the Department of Energy, and he spent a summer working at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Dolbow's research concerns the development of computational methods for nonlinear problems in solid mechanics. In particular, he is interested in modeling quasi-static and dynamic fracture of structural components, the evolution of interfaces with nonlinear constitutive laws, and developing models for stimulus-responsive hydrogels. A native of New Hampshire, Dr. Dolbow received his Bachelor's Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor in the Department of Mathematics
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Bass Fellow

Contact Information

Education

  • Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1999
  • M.S. Northwestern University, 1998
  • B.S.M.E. University of New Hampshire, 1995

Research Interests

Modeling quasi-static and dynamic fracture of structural components, the evolution of interfaces with nonlinear constitutive laws, and developing models for stimulus-responsive hydrogels

Specialties

Computational Mechanics
Nonlinear Dynamics

Courses Taught

  • CEE 530: Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • CEE 780: Internship
  • EGR 201L: Mechanics of Solids
  • ME 524: Introduction to the Finite Element Method

Representative Publications

  • Zhang, Z; Dolbow, JE, Remeshing strategies for large deformation problems with frictional contact and nearly incompressible materials, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol 109 no. 9 (2017), pp. 1289-1314 [10.1002/nme.5325] [abs].
  • Stershic, AJ; Dolbow, JE; Mo√ęs, N, The Thick Level-Set model for dynamic fragmentation, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, vol 172 (2017), pp. 39-60 [10.1016/j.engfracmech.2016.12.012] [abs].
  • Spencer, BW; Jiang, W; Dolbow, JE; Peco, C, Pellet cladding mechanical interaction modeling using the extended finite element method, Top Fuel 2016: LWR Fuels with Enhanced Safety and Performance (2016), pp. 929-938 [abs].
  • Jiang, W; Annavarapu, C; Dolbow, JE; Harari, I, A robust Nitsche's formulation for interface problems with spline-based finite elements, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol 104 no. 7 (2015), pp. 676-696 [10.1002/nme.4766] [abs].
  • Dolbow, J; Farhat, C; Harari, I; Lew, A, Special Issue: Advances in Embedded Interface Methods, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol 104 no. 7 (2015), pp. 469-471 [10.1002/nme.5116] [abs].

Additional Information

Honors and Awards

  • R. H. Gallagher Young Investigator Award, U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics, 2005.
  • Young Researcher Fellowship Award, First MIT Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics, 2001
  • Robert J. Melosh Award for the Best Student Paper in Finite Element Analysis, Duke University, 1999
  • Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow, 1997-1999
  • Walter P. Murphy Graduate Fellowship, Northwestern University, 1995-1996
  • Presidential Scholar, University of New Hampshire, 1991-1995
  • ASME Regional Student Conference Highest Technical Content Award, 1995

Professional and Service Activities

  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Professional Member, American Academy of Mechanics
  • Professional Member, Society for Engineering Science
  • Member, United States Association for Computational Mechanics
  • Member, Tau Beta Pi, The National Engineering Honor Society
  • Minisymposium Organizer (with T. Laursen) and Session Chairman, Sixth U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics, Dearborn, MI, August 1-3,2001. Minisymposium Title: Computational Mechanics of Sharp Fronts and Interfaces
  • Minisymposium Organizer (with S. De and S. Idelsohn) and Session Chairman, First MIT Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics, Boston, MA, June 12-15,2001. Minisymposium Title: Meshless Techniques
  • Reviewer for the following archival journals: Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Computers and Structures Engineering Fracture Mechanics Finite Elements in Analysis and Design International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering International Journal of Numerical Methods in Fluids International Journal of Solids and Structures