Texas Tech University

Center for Advanced Research in Engineering Sciences (CARES)

The extensive research activities at CARES have perhaps been most widely recognized for significant contributions to the problems associated with the aging civilian and military, aircraft and rotorcraft fleets. The studies in the discipline of mechanics of solids, structures, and materials, have been major thrust areas and involve the analysis and synthesis of low-mass structures, keeping in mind their strength, stiffness, stability, toughness, damage tolerance, longevity, and optimal life-cycle costs. Self-adaptivity and smartness of structures is also of importance.

A fundamental focus is placed on developing innovative computational methods for mechanical and aerospace engineering problems, for the near-real-time simulation of various physical phenomena of relevance in fluids, solids, structures, transport processes, and engineered materials, etc., at various length and time scales. Emphasis is placed on a diverse array of spatial discrtetization techniques, such as the weighted residual and weak solution methods, finite-difference methods, finite volume methods, finite element methods, boundary element methods, spectral methods, and the new class of meshless methods in general, and the Meshless Local Petrov-Galerkin (MLPG) method in particular.

Multiple length scale problems involving the interplay of quantum mechanics-molecular dynamics-mesomechanics-and continuum mechanics, are of particular interest. Multi-physics problems, involving the interplay between the mechanical, electrical, chemical, thermal, and optical fields are subjects of inquiry. Also, multi-time-scale problems involving the interaction of systems governed by fast time scales, with systems governed by slower time scales, are of emerging importance in computational nano-meso-macro engineering. The study of engineered materials involves both structural as well as functional materials, with emphasis on their (nano-micro) structure-property (stength, stiffness, fracture-toughness) relationships. Metals (encompassing elastic, elastoplastic, viscoplastic, and creep behavior at large strains), high temperature ceramics, multi-functional and smart materials, fiber-reinforced composite materials, and nano-structured materials are objects of study. Nature-inspired functional and structural materials are of growing importance.

The Center for Aerospace Research and Education's multidisciplinary vision encompasses an array of emerging science & engineering fields; where as, many of CARE's researchers are also in collaboration with UCI's Center for Computational Modeling in Information Technology, and the Center for Systems Engineering in Biotechnology.


Contemporary Engineering, Physical, Chemical, and Biological Sciences

Aeroacoustic Impact Reduction for Human Factors


Boundary Element Methods

Combustion & Reactive Flows

Composite Materials: Modeling, Fabrication and Processing

Computational Electromagnetics

Computational Penetration Mechanics

Computational Structural Mechanics and High-performance Computing

Finite Element Methods

Prediction Fatigue Life of Structures

Finite Rotations in Beam, Plate and Shell Structures

Flexible Multi Body Dynamics, Space Structures

Fluid Flow & Heat Transfer

Fluid-Structure Interactions

Fracture and Damage Mechanics

Homogenization & Computational Meso/Micro/Damage Mechanics

Inverse problems and optimization

Mesh Adaptation & Optimization for Engineering Applications

Meshless Methods in Modeling

Molecular & Quantum Computing

Modeling of Fabrics and Membranes

Multi-scale ( quantum-nano-micro-meso-macro ) Modeling

Multiphysics & Multibody Dynamics



Optimization and Inverse Design Engineering

Simulation of Fracture and Failure in Solids

Stability and bifurcation



Two-Phase Flows


Systems Integration Through Computations

Computational Educational Engineering( real-time simulations in class-room instruction)

Factory of the Future

Flight Safety & Continued Airworthiness

Integrated Product and Process Design; Visualization and Virtual Reality

Life-Cycle Costs

Life Extension of Aging Infrastructure (Bridges, Aircraft, Railroad, etc)

MEMS & Semiconductor Technology

Minimally Invasive Surgery Thru Computer Modeling

Modeling of Smart Structures and Repairs

Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization

Navigation, Guidance & Control


Nonlinear Dynamical Systems & Chaos

Nonlinear System Control

Optimal Design of Structures

Rapid Prototyping & Minimization of Product-to-Market Costs


Advanced Communications and Information Processing Technologies

Computational Animation/ Entertainment

Computational Electronic Packaging

Computational Finance & Market Indicators

Computational Intelligence and Advanced Information Technologies in Engineering Science

Computational Mechanics for Electronic Devices/Components

Data Mining

Geographically Distributed Real Time Computing


Large-scale data management

Multi-media & entertainment

Multiscale Simulations: Quantum-Molecular Dynamics-Meso-Macro Mechanics

Parallel Computation for Visualization and Virtual Reality

Real-Time Scientific Visualization

Sensors & Actuators

Symbolic Computer Programming in Computational Mechanics


Institute for Materials, Manufacturing, and Sustainment