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John Everett Dolbow

John Everett 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
  • Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • 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

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 530: Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • CEE 780: Internship
  • EGR 201L: Mechanics of Solids
  • ME 524: Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • ME 758S: Curricular Practical Training

Representative Publications

  • Peco, C; Liu, Y; Rhea, C; Dolbow, JE, Models and simulations of surfactant-driven fracture in particle rafts, International Journal of Solids and Structures, vol 156-157 (2019), pp. 194-209 [10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2018.08.014] [abs].
  • Zhang, Z; Jiang, W; Dolbow, JE; Spencer, BW, A modified moment-fitted integration scheme for X-FEM applications with history-dependent material data, Computational Mechanics, vol 62 no. 2 (2018), pp. 233-252 [10.1007/s00466-018-1544-2] [abs].
  • Peco, C; Chen, W; Liu, Y; Bandi, MM; Dolbow, JE; Fried, E, Influence of surface tension in the surfactant-driven fracture of closely-packed particulate monolayers., Soft Matter, vol 13 no. 35 (2017), pp. 5832-5841 [10.1039/c7sm01245d] [abs].
  • 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; Moës, 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].