Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Amit Acharya is a Professor in the Mechanics, Materials, and Computing group in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Broadly, Acharya’s research interests are in continuum mechanics, mathematical materials science, and applied mathematics. Currently his work focuses on theoretical and computational defect mechanics in crystalline, liquid crystalline, and metallic glass systems, coarse-graining of nonlinear time-dependent systems and the interplay of differential geometry and structural mechanics in the design and actuation of thin sheets.
Acharya received his PhD degree in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1994. Subsequently he completed a post-doctoral position at the University of Pennsylvania and from 1995-1998 he took a position as a senior research engineer in the ABAQUS Std Development group at HKS, Inc. in Providence, RI (now Simulia, Dassault Systemes). There, Acharya was the lead developer of the *Hysteresis nonlinear viscoelastic material model and the S4 fully-integrated finite strain shell element. These are still in use in the ABAQUS general-purpose FE code. From 1998-2000, he was a Research scientist at the DOE-ASCI funded Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets at UIUC, before joining CMU in 2000.
PhD 1994 - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
MS 1991 - University of Utah
BS 1988 - Indian School of Mines, India
Areas of Interest
- Continuum dislocation mechanics
- Coarse-graining of nonlinear evolutionary systems
- Computational modeling of elastic and inelastic behavior of solids
- Nonlinear shell theory
- Fluid-structure interaction including mass transfer
- Acharya, A., Zhang, X. (2015) “From dislocation motion to an additive velocity gradient decomposition, and some simple models of dislocation dynamics,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Nonlinear and Multiscale Partial Differential Equations: Theory, Numerics and Applications held at Fudan University, Shanghai, September 16-20, 2013, in honor of Luc Tartar. To appear in Chinese Annals of Mathematics, Series B.
- Acharya, A., Fressengeas, C. (2015) “Continuum mechanics of the interaction of phase boundaries and dislocations in solids,” To appear in Springer Proceedings in Mathematics and Statistics for Workshop on Differential Geometry and Continuum Mechanics held at the Intl. Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Edinburgh.
- Garg, A., Acharya, A., Maloney, C. E., (2014), "A study of conditions for dislocation nucleation in coarser-than-atomistic scale models," Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 75, 76-92.
- Acharya, A., Knops, R. J. (2014) “An observation on the experimental measurement of dislocation density,” Journal of Elasticity, 114: 275-279.
- Brenner, R., Beaudoin, A. J., Suquet, P., Acharya, A., (2014) "Numerical implementation of static Field Dislocation Mechanics theory for periodic media," Philosophical Magazine A, 94, 1764-1787.
- Zhu, Y., Chapman, S. J., Acharya, A. (2013) “Dislocation motion and instability,” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 65: 1835-1853.