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Investigating The Physical Mechanisms That Impact Electric Fields In The Atmosphere, Greg M. Lucas Jan 2017

Investigating The Physical Mechanisms That Impact Electric Fields In The Atmosphere, Greg M. Lucas

Aerospace Engineering Sciences Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The underlying physics and dynamics of the atmosphere drive electric currents and establish electric fields in a phenomenon known as the global electric circuit (GEC). The GEC has been observed and modeled with limiting assumptions and parameterizations in previous research. This thesis describes the incorporation of a physics-based GEC modeling scheme into a sophisticated climate model to describe the evolution of GEC currents, ground-ionosphere potential, electric fields, and conductivity within the atmosphere. Supporting measurements of atmospheric electric fields over time were used to describe the impact of local meteorological changes and assess the GEC contribution to near-surface electric fields.

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Hierarchical Multiscale Modeling To Inform Continuum Constitutive Models Of Soils, Erik Wallace Jensen Jan 2017

Hierarchical Multiscale Modeling To Inform Continuum Constitutive Models Of Soils, Erik Wallace Jensen

Civil Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The behavior of soils is fundamentally the combined interactions between billions and billions of individual particles and particle matrices. For computational tractability and despite this fact, many soil models assume the material is a continuum essentially averaging the inter-particle interactions to predict the behavior of the bulk material. In recent years, multiscale modeling techniques have been developed to reintroduce the effect of the grain-scale interactions to help model situations where the continuum assumption fails, such as shear band development in triaxial tests or soil disaggregation under blast loading. One of such multiscale models called hierarchical upscaling, or global-local analysis, model ...


Finite Strain Micromorphic Elasticity, Elastoplasticity, And Dynamics For Multiscale Finite Element Analysis, Farhad Shahabi Jan 2017

Finite Strain Micromorphic Elasticity, Elastoplasticity, And Dynamics For Multiscale Finite Element Analysis, Farhad Shahabi

Civil Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This study stands as an attempt to consider the micro-structure of materials in a continuum framework by the aid of micromorphic continuum theory in the sense of Eringen. Since classical continuum mechanics do not account for the micro-structural characteristics of materials, they cannot be used to address the macroscopic mechanical response of all micro-structured materials. In the “representative volume element (RVE)” based methods, classical continuum mechanics may be applied to analyze mechanical deformation and stresses of materials at the relevant micro-structural length-scale (such as grains of a polycrystalline metal, or sand, or metal matrix composite, etc), but when applying standard ...


Nonlinear Dispersive Elastic Waves In Solids: Exact, Approximate, And Numerical Solutions, Romik Khajehtourian Jan 2017

Nonlinear Dispersive Elastic Waves In Solids: Exact, Approximate, And Numerical Solutions, Romik Khajehtourian

Aerospace Engineering Sciences Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Wave motion lies at the heart of many disciplines in the physical sciences and engineering. For example, problems and applications involving light, sound, heat, or fluid flow are all likely to involve wave dynamics at some level. A particular class of problems is concerned with the propagation of elastic waves in a solid medium, such as a fiber-reinforced composite material responding to vibratory excitations, or soil and rock admitting seismic waves moments after the onset of an earthquake, or phonon transport in a semiconducting crystal like silicon. Regardless of the type of wave, the dispersion relation provides a fundamental characterization ...