John Everett Dolbow

  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (Secondary)
  • Professor in the Department of Mathematics (Secondary)
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Bass Fellow
External address: 172 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708-0287
Phone: (919) 660-5202

Research Areas and Keywords

PDE & Dynamical Systems
evolving interfaces, finite element methods, phase field methods
Physical Modeling
fracture, lipid membranes

Professor John E. Dolbow came to Duke University from Northwestern University, where he received an MS and PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. During the course of his graduate study, John was a Computational Science Graduate Fellow for the Department of Energy, and he spent a summer working at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Dolbow's research concerns the development of computational methods for nonlinear problems in solid mechanics. In particular, he is interested in modeling quasi-static and dynamic fracture of structural components, the evolution of interfaces with nonlinear constitutive laws, and developing models for stimulus-responsive hydrogels. A native of New Hampshire, Dr. Dolbow received his Bachelor's Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

Education & Training
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University 1999

  • M.S., Northwestern University 1998

  • B.S.M.E., University of New Hampshire 1995

Computational Studies of Fracture Networks in Particulate Systems awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2018

Computational Algorithms for Fragmentation awarded by Sandia National Laboratories (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2017

Fracture Integral Routines for X-FEM in MOOSE awarded by Idaho National Laboratory (Principal Investigator). 2015

Advanced Fracture Modeling for Nuclear Fuel awarded by Idaho National Laboratory (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2015

Transformative Skin: Controlled Electromechanical Instability on Polymer Surfaces awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2015

12th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics Travel Grant awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2014

Collaborative Research: Membrane Nanodomains--Prediction and Detection awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2013

Reduced-volume Fracture Toughness Characterization for Transparent Polymers awarded by Army Research Office (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2012

Numerical Methods for Material Systems with Microstructure awarded by Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2012

Attendees at the Robert J Melosh Medal Symposium awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2010

Pages

Zhang, Z, and Dolbow, JE. "Remeshing strategies for large deformation problems with frictional contact and nearly incompressible materials (Published online)." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 109.9 (March 2, 2017): 1289-1314. Full Text

Stershic, AJ, Dolbow, JE, and Moës, N. "The Thick Level-Set model for dynamic fragmentation (Accepted)." Engineering Fracture Mechanics 172 (March 2017): 39-60. Full Text

Jiang, W, Annavarapu, C, Dolbow, JE, and Harari, I. "A robust Nitsche's formulation for interface problems with spline-based finite elements." Ed. J Dolbow, C Farhat, I Harari, and A Lew. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 104.7 (November 16, 2015): 676-696. Full Text

Dolbow, J, Farhat, C, Harari, I, and Lew, A. "Special Issue: Advances in Embedded Interface Methods." Ed. J Dolbow, C Farhat, I Harari, and A Lew. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 104.7 (November 16, 2015): 469-471. Full Text

Sukumar, N, Dolbow, JE, and Moës, N. "Extended finite element method in computational fracture mechanics: a retrospective examination." International Journal of Fracture 196.1-2 (November 2015): 189-206. Full Text

Jiang, W, and Dolbow, JE. "Adaptive refinement of hierarchical B-spline finite elements with an efficient data transfer algorithm." Ed. R de Borst, C Farhat, J Fish, I Harari, P Letallec, and D Perić. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 102.3-4 (April 20, 2015): 233-256. Full Text

Jiang, W, Annavarapu, C, Dolbow, JE, and Harari, I. "A robust Nitsche's formulation for interface problems with spline-based finite elements." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 104.7 (2015): 676-696. Full Text

Lin, S, Cao, C, Wang, Q, Gonzalez, M, Dolbow, JE, and Zhao, X. "Design of stiff, tough and stretchy hydrogel composites via nanoscale hybrid crosslinking and macroscale fiber reinforcement." Soft matter 10.38 (October 2014): 7519-7527. Full Text

Lee, C, Dolbow, J, and Mucha, PJ. "A narrow-band gradient-augmented level set method for multiphase incompressible flow." Journal of Computational Physics 273 (September 2014): 12-37. Full Text

Kim, T-Y, Chen, X, Dolbow, JE, and Fried, E. "Going to new lengths: Studying the Navier--Stokes-$\alpha\beta$ equations using the strained spiral vortex model." Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series B 19.7 (August 2014): 2207-2225. Full Text

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