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John Rudnicki

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A333
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mechanical Engineering


Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Graduate Program

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Ph.D. Solid Mechanics, Brown University, Providence, RI

M.S. Solid Mechanics, Brown University, Providence, RI

B.S. Engineering Mechanics, Brown University, Providence, RI

Research Interests

Inelastic behavior and failure of materials, particularly deformation instabilities in brittle rocks and granular media, including their interactions with pore fluids, with applicatioons to faul instability, quantification of energy radiation from earthquakes and environment- and resource-related geomechanics.

Significant Recognition

  • Daniel C. Drucker Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2011
  • Brown Engineering Alumni Medal, June, 2008
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2008
  • Maurice A. Biot Medal 2006 from Engineering Mechanics Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers for "For his fundamental contributions to the mechanics of porous media and its applications to rock mechanics and geophysics"
  • Plenary Speaker, American Rock Mechanics Association Annual Meeting, Chicago,June 24 - 27, 2012
  • Sectional Lecturer, 22nd International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Adelaide, Australia, 24 - 30, August, 2008
  • Award for Outstanding Research in Rock Mechanics (June 1977) from the U.S. National Committee on Rock Mechanics (shared with J. R. Rice)

Significant Professional Service

  • Advisory Board, Mechanics of Cohesive-Frictional Material and Structures, An International Journal on Experiments, Modeling and Computation
  • External Advisory Board, Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), Member 2005 - 2010
  • U. S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Energy Sciences, Geosciences Council, 1997 - 2010 (Chairman 2008 - 2010)
  • IUTAM Working Party 8, Geophysical and Environmental Mechanics, Member, 2004 - present
  • Poroelasticity Committee, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2003 - present

Selected Publications

    1. Sun, W., J. Andrade, and J. W. Rudnicki, Multiscale method for characterization of porous microstructures and their impact on macroscopic effective permeability, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, DOI: 10.1002/nme.3220, 2011.
    2. J. W. Rudnicki, Eshelby’s Technique for Analyzing Inhomogeneities in Geomechanics, in Mechanics of Crustal Rocks, edited by Yves M. Leroy and Florian K. Lehner Courses and Lectures No. 533, International Centre for Mechanical Sciences (CISM), pp. 43 – 72, SpringerWienNewYork, 2011.
    3. Sun, W., J. Andrade, J. W. Rudnicki, and P. Eichhubl, Connecting microstructural attributes and permeability from 3D tomographic images of in situ shear-enhanced compaction bands using multiscale computations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L 10302, doi:10.1029/2011GL047683, 2011
    4. Sun, W., J. Andrade, and J. W. Rudnicki, Multiscale method for characterization of porous microstructures and their impact on macroscopic effective permeability, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, DOI: 10.1002/nme.3220, 2011.
    5. J. W. Rudnicki, Localization in undrained deformation, Poromechanics IV, Proceedings, Fourth Biot Conference on Poromechanics, including the Second Frank L. DiMaggio Symposium (edited by Hoe I. Ling, Andrew Smyth, and Raimondo Betti), June 8 - 10, 2009, Columbia University, pp. 1134 - 1139.
    6. B. C. Haimson and J. W. Rudnicki, The effect of the intermediate principal stress on fault formation and fault angle in siltstone, Journal of Structural Geology, doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2009.08.017, 2009.
    7. J. W. Rudnicki, Localized Failure in Brittle Rock, in Thermo-Hydromechanical and Chemical Coupling in Geomaterials and Applications (ed. Jian-Fu Shao and Nicolas Burlion), Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium GeoProc'2008, pp. 25 -40, Wiley, London, 2008.
    8. D. J. Holcomb, J. W. Rudnicki, K. A. Issen and K. Sternlof, Compaction localization in the Earth and the laboratory: State of the research and research directions, in Acta Geotechnica, Vol. 2 (1), doi: 10.1007/S11440-007-0027-y, April, 2007.
    9. J. W. Rudnicki, "Models for compaction band propagation," Chapter 8 in Rock Physics and Geomechanics in the Study of Reservoirs and Repositories (eds. C. David and M. Le Ravelec-Dupin), Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 284, pp. 107-125, doi: 10.1144/SP284.8, 2007.
    10. J. W. Rudnicki and J. R. Rice, “Effective normal stress alteration due to pore pressure changes induced by dynamic slip propagation on a plane between dissimilar materials”, Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 111, B10308, doi:10.1029/2006JB004396, 2006.
    11. P. Bésuelle and J. W. Rudnicki, “Localization: Shear Bands and Compaction Bands”, Chapter V in Mechanics of Fluid-Saturated Rock (Editors: Y. Guéguen and M. Boutéca), pp. 219-321, Vol. 89, International Geophysics Series, Academic Press, London, 2004.

In the Classroom

John Rudnicki teaches a variety of mechanics courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate courses he has taught recently include Mechanics of Materials and a new course on the Mechanics of Sports. At the graduate level, he regularly teaches Mechanics of Continua I and has taught Mechanics of Continua II, Inelastic Constitutive Relations for Solids, Plasticity, Fracture Mechanics, and Elasticity.