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Ted Belytschko

Walter P. Murphy Professor Emeritus of Computation Mechanics and (by courtesy) Civil and Environmental Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A212
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-4029 or 847-491-7270Email Ted Belytschko


Mechanical Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Ph.D. Mechanics Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

B.S. Engineering Sciences Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

Research Interests

Computational mechanics; finite element and element-free Galerkin methods; multi-scale computational methods

Professor Belytschko is interested in computational methods for modeling the behavior of solids, with particular emphasis on failure and fracture. He has developed new meshfree methods and the extended finite element method for modeling arbitrary crack growth without remeshing and applied them to a variety of crack growth problems, both static and dynamic. He is also using molecular mechanics to study the fracture and behavior of nanotubes and developing methods for coupling heterogeneous subdomains, such as molecular and continuum models.

Significant Recognition

  • Elected to National Academy of Sciences, 2011
  • William Prager Medal, Society of Engineering Science, 2011
  • Denhartog Lecture, “Multiscale Analysis of Failure,” MIT, April 2, 2010
  • The ASME Applied Mechanics Award renamed the ASME Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Division Award, November 2007
  • Honorary Doctorate, INSA, Universite Lyon, September 2006
  • Honorary Doctorate, Ecole Normale, Paris 2004
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Liege, 1997
  • Computational Mechanics Award, Japanese Soc. of Mechanical Engineers, 1994
  • Structural Computational Mechanics Award, US Association for Computational Mechanics, 1997
  • Honorary Professor, Hunan University
  • Gauss-Newton Medal, International Association for Computational Mechanics 2002
  • John von Neumann Medal, U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics, 2001
  • Timoshenko Medal, ASME, 2001
  • Theodore von Karman Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 1999
  • Mel Baron Medal, The Shock and Vibration Information Analysis Center (SAVIAC), 1999
  • Walter Huber Research Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1977
  • Jaeger Prize, International Association for Structural mechanics in Reactor Technology, 1983, 4th most cited research in engineering ISI, January 2004
  • ISI 93 Most Highly Cited Researchers in Engineering, ISI Original Member 200 Most Highly Cited Researchers, 4th most cited engineering in past decade (January 2004)
  • Computational Mechanics Award, International Association for Computational Mechanics, 1994
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1975
  • ICES Gold Medal, International Conference on Computational Engineering and Science, 1997
  • Fellow, International Association for Computational Mechanics
  • Fellow, US Association for Computational Mechanics
  • Fellow, ASME

Selected Publications

  • others; Belytschko, T.; Oswald, J.; McDowell, D. L.; Reedy Jr, E. D., “Atom-to-continuum methods for gaining a fundamental understanding of fracture”, , (2011)
  • RE Jones;JA Zimmerman;J Oswald;T Belytschko, “An atomistic J-integral at finite temperature based on Hardy estimates of continuum fields”, Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter, (2011)
  • R Malhotra;Y Huang;L Xue;J Cao;T Belytschko;F Barlat;YH Moon;MG Lee, “An Investigation on the Accuracy of Numerical Simulations for Single Point Incremental Forming with Continuum Elements”, Numiform 2010, Vols 1 and 2, (2010)
  • E WINTERSBERGER;N HRAUDA;D KRIEGNER;M KEPLINGER;G SPRINGHOLZ;J STANGL;G BAUER;J OSWALD;T BELYTSCHKO;C DEITER;F BERTRAM;OH SEECK, “Analysis of periodic dislocation networks using x-ray diffraction and extended finite element modeling”, Applied Physics Letters, (2010)
  • ... , D Chopp, J Lua, N Sukumar, T Belytschko, “Abaqus Implementation of Extended Finite Element Method Using a Level Set Representation for Three-Dimensional Fatigue Crack Growth and Life Predictions”, Engineering Fracture ..., (2010)
  • T Belytschko, R Gracie, G ..., “A Review of Extended/Generalized Finite Element Methods for Mechanics”, ... Simulat Mater Sci ..., (2009)
  • TMT Belytschko, “Correction Force for releasing crack tip element with XFEM and only discontinuous enrichment”, European Journal of Computational ..., (2009)