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Callum Corbett

Research topic: Efficient Contact Formulations.


Dipl.-Ing. Callum James Corbett
Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science (AICES)
RWTH Aachen University
Schinkelstr. 2
52056 Aachen

Phone: +49(0)241 80 99138
Fax: +49(0)241 80 628498


since 01/2011 PhD candidate at Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science (AICES), RWTH Aachen
10/2005 - 12/2010 Dipl.-Ing. (Engineering diploma) in Computational Engineering Science, RWTH Aachen
03/2009 - 04/2009 Undergraduate research student at MIT, Cambridge (MA), USA

Professional Career

04/2010 - 10/2010 Research on a Lode angle and triaxiality dependent damage and failure model for FEM crash simulations (Diploma Thesis)
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Weissach
10/2009 - 02/2010 Investigation and comparison of damage and failure models for FEM crash simulations (Internship)
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Weissach
03/2009 - 04/2009 Implementation and testing of a Fortran interface to a global optimization algorithm based on McCormick relaxations
Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge (MA)
10/2007 - 09/2009 Student assistant at Software and Tools for Computational Engineering
Computer Science 12, RWTH Aachen University

Refereed Journal Publications

PDF Corbett, C.J., Sauer, R.A.: "NURBS-enriched contact finite elements", Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Engrg., published online, 2014, pdf
PDF Sauer, R.A., Duong, X.T, Corbett, C.J.: "A computational formulation for constrained solid and liquid membranes considering isogeometric finite elements", Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Engrg. 271, pp. 48-68, 2014, pdf

Other Publications

PDF Corbett, C.J., Maier, M., Beckers, M., Naumann, U., Ghobeity, A., Mitsos, A.: "Compiler-generated subgradient code for mccormick relaxations", Technical Report AIB-2011-25, RWTH Aachen, 2011, pdf
PDF Corbett, C.J., Naumann, U.: "Demonstration of a branch-and-bound algorithm for global optimization using mccormick relaxations", Technical Report AIB-2011-24, RWTH Aachen, 2011, pdf

Research Interests

Efficient Contact Formulations for Adhesion Between Deformable Solids

Adhesion can be observed on biological surfaces such as insect and lizard feet, as well as artificial surfaces like self-adhering foils. The mechanical modeling and simulation of adhesion mechanisms poses numerical challenges due to the non-linearity, complexity and potential instability of such problems.
This research aims to develop efficient finite element and contact formulations to simulate adhesion between deformable solids undergoing large deformations. The bodies are described by a continuum mechanical model, the van der Waals adhesion by the Lennard-Jones potential. Special attention is given to the deformation of the contact surface, the contact pressure and the tensile adhesive forces. Standard finite element methods rely on highly refined meshes to yield accurate results in the contact interface, resulting in high computational costs. The development of methods to obtain accurate results efficiently (i.e. without increasing the computational cost dramatically) is therefor desirable. To take advantage of modern computer architectures, parallelization of the code is considered.