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Summer School: Lecturer Prof. Dr. Ing. habil. Peter Wriggers

Multiscale methods for contact problems

Institute of Continuum Mechanics, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover


Preliminary lecture content

Lecture 1: Computational Contact Mechanics, Formulation, Tools and Algorithms
Lecture 2: Frictional Model for Interfaces
Lecture 3: Multi-Scale approaches in Contact Mechanics

Suggested reading

  • P. Wriggers (2006). Computational Contact Mechanics, Springer (2nd ed.)
  • P. Wriggers and T. A. Laursen (eds.): "Computational Contact Mechanics", CISM Course and Lecture Notes, vol 498, Springer, Wien, 2007.

About the lecturer

Professor Dr.-Ing. habil. P. Wriggers studied Civil Engineering from 1970-1976 at the University of Hannover, he obtained his Dr.-ing degree at the University of Hannover in 1980 on “Contact-impact problems”. From 1983-84 he was Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley, USA. After that he worked as Lecturer at the Institute of Mechanics and Computational Mechanics at the University Hannover where he finished his habilitation in 1986 on “Consistent linearizations in continuum mechanics”. In 1990 he was appointed as Full Professor at the Institute of Mechanics at TH Darmstadt. There he acted from 1996 to 1998 as director of the Center for Scientific Computing. In 1998 Prof. Wriggers changed to the University of Hannover where he held the chair for Mechanics in Civil Engineering from 1998 to 2008. Since 2008 he is director of the Institute of Continuum Mechanics in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Leibniz Universität Hannover. From 2003 to 2004 he held the position of “Linkage Professor” at the University of Newcastle in NSW, Australia. He still is conjoint professor at this school.

Peter Wriggers is member of the “Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft”, the Academy of Science and Literature in Mainz, and the German National Academy of Engineering “acatech”. He is momentarily president of GAMM and GACM. Furthermore he acts as Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal “Computational Mechanics” and is member of 15 Editorial Boards. He was awarded the Fellowship of IACM and received the “Computational Mechanics Award” of IACM and the “Euler Medal” of ECCOMAS.

Among his research interests are development of new techniques and algorithms in computational mechanics, contact mechanics, multi-scale modelling of heterogeneous materials and contact problems and development of finite element technlogy.

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