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The Nonlinear Mechanics and Dynamics (NOMAD) Research Institute brings together graduate students and early career researchers to work in small teams on computational and experimental projects germane to nonlinear mechanics and dynamics.

The goals of NOMAD are to form collaborations between national laboratories, academia, and industry and to make significant progress toward solving major challenges in mechanical engineering. Participants are expected to publish the results from their projects and/or present their findings at an appropriate conference.

NOMAD is an educational research opportunity where students are matched with research projects and mentors based on their interests and qualifications.

What You Gain:

  • Meaningful work in your area of interest to improve understanding of cutting-edge research and development
  • Collaborate with other researchers and receive mentorship from the professional community
  • Short-term commitment without conflicting with existing fellowships or assistantships

Past Projects from NOMAD 2018:

Constructing Optimal Surrogate Models for Bolted Fasteners in Multiaxial Loading - View Presentation

Influences of Modal Coupling on Nonlinear Modal Models - View Presentation

A Priori Methods to Assess the Strength of Nonlinearities for Design Applications - View Presentation

Fatigue Behavior of Fe-Co-2V using Experimental, Computational, and Analytical Techniques - View Presentation

Material Failure Model and Properties for Puncture Simulations - View Presentation

Predictive Structural Dynamics Modeling of Bolted Interfaces - View Presentation

Past Projects from NOMAD 2017:

Inverse Methods for Characterization of Contact Areas in Mechanical Systems - View presentation.

From Macroscopic Tensile Tests to Microscopic Mechanical Response of Components - View presentation.

Investigation of Craig-Bampton Models with Interface Reduction for Contacting Structures - View presentation.

Influence of Edge Boundary Conditions and Cracks in Ferroelectrically-Excited Vibrational Modes - View presentation.

Experimentally Characterize a new Benchmark Structure for Prediction of Damping Nonlinearity - View presentation.

Coupled Structural Acoustic Modes - View presentation.