The research group in Mechanics of Advanced Structural Materials and Nanomaterials of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM-MMEAN) has focused on the systematic application of different micro- and meso-mechanical computational techniques of computational solids, homogenization theories, and multi-scale simulation strategies at different scale lengths to establish the link between the microstructure and macroscopic mechanical properties of materials, usually composite materials and metallic materials.
In parallel with the simulation, the group has a lot of experience and excellent experimental equipment for the characterization of the mechanical properties of materials in the most diverse conditions (traction, compression, fracture, fatigue, etc.). It is noteworthy the expertise and equipment to study the behavior at high deformation speed and at different temperatures (between 77 K and 2000 K), including ballistic and Hopkinson bar tests. These capabilities are critical to validate behavior models by characterizing the macroscopic properties of materials under conditions similar to those of actual service.
Finally, a unique feature of scientific contributions is the use of new experimental techniques to measure the mechanical properties of phases and interfaces in the material at the microscopic level. In this way, the simulations are “fed” with experimental values independently measured and are free from adjustable parameters.