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John Everett Dolbow

Dolbow

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

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

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 319 Gross Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5202
  • Email Address: john.dolbow@duke.edu
  • Websites:

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

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • 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 Medal, Best Student Paper in Finite Element Analysis. Duke University. 1999
  • Computational Science Graduate Fellow. U.S. Department of Energy. 1997
  • Highest Technical Content Award. ASME Regional Student Conference. 1995
  • Walter P. Murphy Graduate Fellowship. Northwestern University. 1995
  • Presidential Scholar. University of New Hampshire. 1991

Courses Taught

  • CEE 622: Fracture Mechanics
  • CEE 630: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • CEE 780: Internship
  • ME 490: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 525: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • ME 591: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
  • ME 758S: Curricular Practical Training

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Hu, T; Guilleminot, J; Dolbow, JE, A phase-field model of fracture with frictionless contact and random fracture properties: Application to thin-film fracture and soil desiccation, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol 368 (2020) [10.1016/j.cma.2020.113106] [abs].
  • Geelen, R; Plews, J; Tupek, M; Dolbow, J, An extended/generalized phase-field finite element method for crack growth with global-local enrichment, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol 121 no. 11 (2020), pp. 2534-2557 [10.1002/nme.6318] [abs].
  • Jiang, W; Spencer, BW; Dolbow, JE, Ceramic nuclear fuel fracture modeling with the extended finite element method, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, vol 223 (2020) [10.1016/j.engfracmech.2019.106713] [abs].
  • Guilleminot, J; Dolbow, JE, Data-driven enhancement of fracture paths in random composites, Mechanics Research Communications, vol 103 (2020) [10.1016/j.mechrescom.2019.103443] [abs].
  • Asareh, I; Kim, TY; Song, JH; Dolbow, JE, Corrigendum to “A linear complete extended finite element method for dynamic fracture simulation with non-nodal enrichments” [Finite Elem. Anal. Des. 152, 2018](S0168874X18305080)(10.1016/j.finel.2018.09.002), Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, vol 157 (2019) [10.1016/j.finel.2019.01.006] [abs].