Computational Mechanics

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Computational Mechanics at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) uses large scale numerical simulations to investigate and study complex physical phenomena, such as penetration mechanics, armor mechanics, computational constitutive modeling, turbulent fluid flow, and multiphase transport modeling. Research activities include developing and implementing physical models and modifying and enhancing existing algorithms within state-of-the-art computer programs. The section applies these physically-based computer programs to real problems, using the simulations as "well-instrumented" experiments to gain insights to material response and to provide predictions of expected behavior as a function of important physical parameters. Such analyses suggest and provide direction and solutions to client problems.

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Sidney Chocron, Ph.D., Manager

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.