Brandon Talamini


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I am a Senior Member of the technical staff in the Mechanics of Materials Department at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California.

I work broadly in the field of computational solid mechanics. My main research interest is in understanding (and predicting) fracture, particularly beyond the domain of traditional fracture mechanics. This means things like tearing and cavitation in soft matter, fracture of thin shells and membranes, and ductile failure of engineering alloys. I do both constitutive modeling of the materials and algorithmic development of computational methods to better interrogate experiments and test new ideas.


Ph.D., MIT, Aeronautics and Astronautics

B.S., M.S., Tufts University, Mechanical Engineering


T Hu, B Talamini, AJ Stershic, MR Tupek, JE Dolbow. A variational phase-field model for ductile fracture with coalescence dissipation. Comput Mech (2021).

B Talamini, MR Tupek, AJ Stershic, T Hu, JW Foulk III, JT Ostien, JE Dolbow. Attaining regularization length insensitivity in phase-field models of ductile failure. Comput Methods Appl Mech Eng 384 113936 (2021).

JW Foulk III, JT Ostien, B Talamini, MR Tupek, NK Crane, A Mota, MG Veilleux. Extending a 10‚ÄźNode Composite Tetrahedral Finite Element for Solid Mechanics. Int J Numer Methods Eng (2021) [Featured on cover]

L Anand, Y Mao, B Talamini. On modeling fracture of ferritic steels due to hydrogen embrittlement. J Mech Phys Solids 122 280-314, (2019)

G Bucci, B Talamini, AR Balakrishna, Y-M Chiang, WC Carter. Mechanical instability of electrode-electrolyte interfaces in solid-state batteries. Phys Rev Mater 2 105407 (2018)

B Talamini, Y Mao, L Anand. Progressive damage and rupture in polymers. J Mech Phys Solids 111 434-457 (2018).

Y Mao, Brandon Talamini, L Anand. Rupture of polymers by chain scission. Extreme Mech Lett 13 17-24 (2017)

B Talamini, R Radovitzky. A parallel discontinuous Galerkin/cohesive-zone computational framework for the simulation of fracture in shear-flexible shells. Comput Methods Appl Mech Eng 317 480-506 (2017).

B Talamini, R Radovitzky. A discontinuous Galerkin method for nonlinear shear-flexible shells. Comput Methods Appl Mech Eng 303 128-162 (2016).

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