as well as the accuracy and computational cost of the solvers. [preprint]
Our manuscript on comparing operator-splitting/monolithic algorithms for modeling deformation twinning in polycrystal has been accepted by IJNME
For some polycrystalline materials such as austenitic stainless steel, magnesium, TATB, and HMX, twinning is a crucial deformation mechanism when the dislocation slip alone is not enough to accommodate the applied strain. To predict this coupling effect between crystal plasticity and deformation twinning, we introduce a mathematical model and the corresponding monolithic and operator splitting solver that couples the crystal plasticity material model with a phase field twining model such that the twinning nucleation and propagation can be captured via an implicit function. While a phase-field order parameter is introduced to quantify the twinning induced shear strain and corresponding crystal reorientation, the evolution of the order parameter is driven by the resolved shear stress on the twinning system. To avoid introducing an additional set of slip systems for dislocation slip within the twinning region, we introduce a Lie algebra averaging technique to determine the Schmid tensor throughout the twinning transformation. Three different numerical schemes are proposed to solve the coupled problem, including a monolithic scheme, an alternating minimization scheme, and an operator splitting scheme. Three numerical examples are utilized to demonstrate the capability of the proposed model,
as well as the accuracy and computational cost of the solvers. [preprint]
Our paper on non-cooperative machine learning game that simulates competitions of AIs validating and falsifying constitutive laws accepted in CMAME
There are many journal articles dedicated to constitutive models that show good matches on selected data. However, how useful are these models if we don't report or know their weakness? Our recently accepted CMAME paper uses deep reinforcement learning and game theory to explore this important question. By conceptualizing the efforts to validating and falsifying the model as a competing activities, we introduce AI agents to compete against each others to explore each others' weakness and through competition improving the resultant model and finding the Nash equilibrium that represents the limits of the state-of-the-art of each model, hand-crafted or AI-generated. The interesting aspect is that this competition can be applied to any material laws and data set. Please consider submit data/model to us and we can validate and falsify the model for you. More information can be found in the preprint [PDF].
Video lectures on multiscale DEM-FEM and modeling granular contacts with level set MPM method for ALERT summer school now available at youtube
The lectures for the entire 3-day workshop can be found at the official website of ALERT.
Special thanks to the organizers, Professors Wei Wu and Manuel Pastor, and the colleagues who attend the talks.
PhD student Hyoung Suk Suh passed the qualification exam. His work is on modeling the thawing and freezing of frozen porous media. In the proposal talk, Hyoung Suk introduces the mathematical framework requires to simulate the freezing and thawing of porous media at the pore scale (see the rehearsal Youtube Video below).
Since joining the research group in Fall 2018, Hyoung Suk has published two journal articles and one conference paper.
H.S. Suh, D. O'Conner, W.C. Sun, A phase field model for cohesive fracture in micropolar continua, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, doi:10.1016/j.cma.2020.113181, 2020.
H.S. Suh, W.C. Sun, An open source FEniCS implementation of a phase field fracture model for micropolar continua, International Journal of Multiscale Computational Engineering,
doi:10.1615/IntJMultCompEng.2020033422, 2019. [open source code]
H.S. Suh, W.C. Sun, An immersed phase field fracture model in fluid-infiltrating porous media with evolving Beavers-Joseph-Saffman condition, 2nd International Conference on Energy Geotechnics, La Jolla, California, USA, 2021.
Congratulations, Hyoung Suk!
PhD student Eric Bryant successfully defended his PhD thesis and will join T-3 at Los Alamos National Laboratory
I am excited to announce that our PhD student Eric Bryant has successfully defended his dissertation "Capturing Evolving Size-Dependent Anisotropy from Brittle Fracture to Plasticity for Geological Materials" and will join Los Alamos National Laboratory as postdoc research associate. His primary appointment will be with the fluid dynamics and solid mechanics group of the Theoretical Division (T-3).
During his tenure in the Sun research group, Eric has been awarded the Presidential Fellowship and the Guggenheim Fellowship. His PhD work focuses on modeling the size effect of evolving anisotropy of fracture and plastic deformation. Traditionally, one may introduce scaling law to incorporate how shear and tensile strengths depend on the size of the specimen. In his work, the main focus is also to investigate how does the rotation among the principal directions of the elastic strain, tensorial internal variables and stress tensor evolves across length scales and during the deformation process. He is the authors of 4 journal articles and one manuscript very close to completion. Among them, three of them published in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, and one in International Journal of Fracture as listed below.
Part I of our paper series on geometric learning and Sobolev training for computational mechanics has been accepted by CMAME
Author: Nikolas Vlassis, WaiChing Sun
Abstract: We present a machine learning approach that integrates geometric deep learning and Sobolev training to generate a family of finite strain anisotropic hyperelastic models that predict the homogenized responses of polycrystals previously unseen during the training. While hand-crafted hyperelasticity models often incorporate homogenized measures of microstructural attributes, such as the porosity or the averaged orientation of constitutes, these measures may not adequately reflect the topological structures of the attributes. We fill this knowledge gap by introducing the concept of the weighted graph as a new high-dimensional descriptor that represents topological information, such as the connectivity of anisotropic grains in an assemble. By leveraging a graph convolutional deep neural network in a hybrid machine learning architecture previously used in Frankel et al. 2019, the artificial intelligence extracts low-dimensional features from the weighted graphs and subsequently learns the influence of these low-dimensional features on the resultant stored elastic energy functionals. To ensure smoothness and prevent unintentionally generating a non-convex stored energy functional, we adopt the Sobolev training method for neural networks such that a stress measure is obtained implicitly by taking directional derivatives of the trained energy functional. Results from numerical experiments suggest that Sobolev training is capable of generating a hyperelastic energy functional that predicts both the elastic energy and stress measures more accurately than the classical training that minimizes L2 norm. Verification exercises against unseen benchmark FFT simulations and phase-field fracture simulations using the geometric learning generated elastic energy functional are conducted to demonstrate the quality of the predictions. [manuscript]
Congratulations again to my Ph.D. student Jarett Poliner for winning the NDSEG Fellowship!
Presenter: Dr. Steve WaiChing Sun, Columbia University
Title: Some applications of graph theory in data-driven multi-scale mechanics
Video: Watch a recording of the seminar
Abstract: In this talk, we will share our experience in using undirected and directed graphs to solve computational solid mechanics problems with a variety of deep neural networks. In the first half of the talk, we will focus on the usage of undirected weighted graphs that represent the microstructures. We will demonstrate 1) how to effectively represent microstructures such as polycrystals, granular assemblies and composites as node-weighted graphs, a network of nodes with assigned attributes connected by edges, 2) how to create low-dimensional topological descriptors via graph convolution neural network that exhibits spatial and rotational invariance properties and 3) how these topological descriptors can be used to enhance the accuracy and robustness of the forward predictions and generalize the surrogate constitutive models generated via semi-supervised learning. In the second half of the talk, we will examine the application of directed multi-graphs that represent causality/relational knowledge of material laws. By idealizing the process of modeling constitutive laws as a multi-player game, we will examine 4) how the process of writing, validating and falsifying a constitutive law can be formulated as a Markov decision process, and 5) how a model-free deep reinforcement learning paradigm can introduce artificial intelligence (AI) modelers and experimentalists that learn to create hand-crafted-like constitutive models through competitions and repeated trial and errors. Examples will be provide to illustrate how these self-interacting, self-improving AI agents discover new hidden hierarchical structures of mechanics knowledge, spot the weakness of existing models and create new approaches to incorporate non-Euclidean data traditionally excluded in constitutive laws to make predictions more accurate and robust.
Our postdoctoral Research Scientist Dr. Chuanqi Liu has received an offer to join the Chinese Academy of Sciences as an associate professor.
Our postdoctoral research scientist Chuanqi Liu has just received an offer from the Institute of Mechanics in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is selected by the 100 talent program (pioneering project) of CAS and is offered the position as an associate professor. During his tenure with us, Chuanqi has been a productive member of our team and has published the following peer-reviewed articles:
News about Computational Poromechanics lab at Columbia University.