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Alireza-Amirkhizi

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Alireza Vakil Amirkhizi Associate Professor
  • College
    Francis College of Engineering
  • Department
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Phone
    978-934-5968
  • Fax
    978-934-3048
  • Office
    Dandeneau Hall - 219
  • Email

Expertise

Applied Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials, Dynamic Behavior of Materials, Composites, and Structures

Research Interests

  • Applied Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials, Dynamic Behavior of Materials, Composites, and Structures
  • Mechanics and physics of materials, composites, and structures under extreme conditions, including high strain-rate, high pressure, and low and high temperatures
  • Theoretical and practical potentials, applications, and limitations of metamaterials and gradient media
  • Mechanics and physics of biological materials, in particular brain and muscle tissues
  • Use of structure-property relations to develop new materials (polymeric...) from molecular level up

Education

  • Ph D: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, (2006), University of California, San Diego - La Jolla, CA
    Supporting Area: Engineering Sciences - Applied Mechanics
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Multifunctional Composites and Structures with Integrated Mechanical and Electromagnetic Properties
  • MS: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, (2002), University of California, San Diego - La Jolla, CA
  • BS: Civil and Environmental Engineering, (2000), Sharif University of Technology - Tehran, Iran
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Experimental Study of Concrete Shear Walls Reinforced with Punched Steel Plates under Cyclic Loading (in Farsi)

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 2006 Dissertation Fellowship (2006) - University of California,San Diego
  • 2004 Highest Academic Achievement Award (2004) - Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego.
  • 2003 Certificate of Recognition (2003) - University of California, San Diego

Selected Publications

  • Morris, J., Hansen, C.J., Amirkhizi, A.V. (2019). Improved approximation of transverse and shear stiffness for high volume fraction uniaxial composites. Mechanics of Materials, 129 230 - 235.
  • Nantasetphong, W., Amirkhizi, A.V., Nemat-Nasser, S. (2016). Constitutive modeling and experimental calibration of pressure effect for polyurea based on free volume concept . Polymer , 99 771 - 781.
  • Nantasetphong, W., Amirkhizi, A.V., Jia, Z., Nemat-Nasser, S. (2016). Dynamic Properties of Polyurea-Milled Glass Composites Part II: Microemechanical Modeling. Mechanics of Materials, 98 111-119.
  • Agrawal, V., Holzworth, K., Nantasetphong, W., Amirkhizi, A.V., Oswald, J., Nemat-Nasser, S. (2016). Prediction of viscoelastic properties with coarse-grained molecular dynamics and experimental validation for a benchmark polyurea system. Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics, 54 797-810.
  • Qiao, J., Nantasetphong, W., Amirkhizi, A.V., Nemat-Nasser, S. (2016). Ultrasonic properties of fly ash/polyurea composites. Materials and Design, 89 264-272.
  • Holzworth, K., Jia, Z., Amirkhizi, A.V., Qiao, J., Nemat-Nasser, S. (2013). Effect of isocyanate content on thermal and mechanical properties of polyurea. Polymer, 54(12) 3079–3085.
  • Bayatpur, F., Amirkhizi, A.V., Nemat-Nasser, S. (2012). Experimental characterization of chiral uniaxial bianisotropic compositesat microwave frequencies. Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on, 60(4) 1126–1135.
  • Nemat-Nasser, S., Willis, J.R., Srivastava, A., Amirkhizi, A.V. (2011). Homogenization of periodic elastic composites and locally resonantsonic materials. Physical Review B, 83(10) 104103.
  • Amirkhizi, A.V., Nemat-Nasser, S. (2007). A framework for numerical integration of crystal elasto-plastic constitutiveequations compatible with explicit finite element codes. International Journal of Plasticity, 23(10) 1918–1937.
  • Amirkhizi, A.V., Isaacs, J., McGee, J., Nemat-Nasser, S. (2006). An experimentally-based viscoelastic constitutive model for polyurea,including pressure and temperature effects. Philosophical magazine, 86(36) 5847–5866.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Shelf Life Quantification & Analysis of Polypropylene-Fabric Parachutes: Macroscopic Approach (2015), Grant - United States Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center
    Amirkhizi, A.V. (Principal), Niezrecki, C. (Co-Principal)
  • Dynamic Characterization Methods for Composite Materials (2015), Contract - Airforce (SBIR through Karagozian & Case)
    Amirkhizi, A.V. (Principal)
  • Understanding Damage Development in Compliant Coatings under Cavitation Condition (2014), Grant -
    Amirkhizi, A.V. (Principal)
  • Materials with Controlled Microstructural Architecture (2014), Contract - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) [subcontract through UC San Diego]
    Amirkhizi, A.V. (Principal)
  • Structural Composites with Tuned EM Chirality (to UC San Diego) (2009), Grant - Airforce Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
    Amirkhizi, A.V. (Other), Nemat-Nasser, S. (Principal)
  • Understanding Damage Development in Compliant Coatings under Cavitaiton (at UC San Diego) (2013), Grant - Office of Naval Research (ONR)
    Amirkhizi, A.V. (Principal)
  • Materials with Optimized Multi-Frequency Dynamic Properties (to UC San Diego) (2010), Grant - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - US Army RDECOM
    Amirkhizi, A.V. (Co-Principal), Nemat-Nasser, S. (Principal)
  • Elastomeric Polymer-by-Design for Blast-Induced Shock-Wave Management (to UC San Diego) (2009), Grant - Office of Naval Research (ONR)
    Amirkhizi, A.V. (Other), Nemat-Nasser, S. (Principal)