John Everett Dolbow

  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (Secondary)
  • Bass Fellow
External address: 121 Hudson Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 121 Hudson Hall, 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

Ji, H, and Dolbow, JE. "On strategies for enforcing interfacial constraints and evaluating jump conditions with the extended finite element method." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 61.14 (2004): 2508-2535. Full Text

Dolbow, J, Fried, E, and Ji, H. "Chemically induced swelling of hydrogels." Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 52.1 (2004): 51-84. Full Text

Bellec, J, and Dolbow, JE. "A note on enrichment functions for modelling crack nucleation." Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering 19.12 (2003): 921-932. Full Text

Dolbow, JE, and Gosz, M. "On the computation of mixed mode stress intensity factors in functionally graded materials." International Journal of Solids and Structures 39.9 (2002): 2557-2574. Full Text

Merle, R, and Dolbow, J. "Solving thermal and phase change problems with the eXtended finite element method." Computational Mechanics 28.5 (2002): 339-350. Full Text

Ji, H, Chopp, D, and Dolbow, JE. "A hybrid extended finite element/level set method for modeling phase transformations." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 54.8 (2002): 1209-1233. Full Text

Dolbow, JE, and Nadeau, JC. "On the use of effective properties for the fracture analysis of microstructured materials." Engineering Fracture Mechanics 69.14-16 (2002): 1607-1634. Full Text

Dolbow, J, Moës, N, and Belytschko, T. "An extended finite element method for modeling crack growth with frictional contact." Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 190.51-52 (2001): 6825-6846. Full Text

Dolbow, J, Moës, N, and Belytschko, T. "Modeling fracture in Mindlin-Reissner plates with the extended finite element method." International Journal of Solids and Structures 37.48 (2000): 7161-7183.

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