Finite Element Tools and Simulations Connecting Properties to Performance

National Laboratory: 
Sandia National Laboratories
Computational Tools Class: 

Fundamental consideration of finite deformation mechanics within the context of nonlinear finite element methodologies integrated with constitutive model domain expertise provides a path to material performance evaluation that is intimately tied to structure-properties relationships.

Capability Bounds: 

Sandia National Laboratories offers continuum-scale models and calculation capabilities.

Unique Aspects: 

The capabilities are distinguished by rigorous application of fundamental physical and mathematical principles, spanning experiments, model development, and regularized numeric, which are progressing toward performance predictions.


Some tools are developed in concert with open-source computational codes produced by SNL (e.g., Albany, now distributed on GitHub). Many tools also are available for use with external collaborators.

Single Point of Contact: 

Name: James W. Foulk III
Phone: 925- 294-6754

  1. K.N. Karlson, J.W. Foulk III, A.A. Brown, M.G. Veilleux, 2015. Sandia Fracture Challenge 2: Sandia California's Modeling Approach, International Journal of Fracture, submitted.
  2. A. Mota, W. Sun, J. T. Ostien, J. W. Foulk. K. N. Long, 2013. Lie-group interpolation and variational recovery for internal variables, Computational Mechanics, Volume 52, Issue 6, pp 1281-1299.
  3. H. Jin, W.-Y. Lu, J.W. Foulk III, A. Mota, G.C. Johnson, J. Korellis, 2013. An Examination of Anisotropic Void Evolution in Aluminum Alloy 7075, Experimental Mechanics 53, 1583-1596
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