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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. J. W. Rudnicki, 2011 Drucker Medal Paper: Localized Compaction in Porous Sandstones, J. Appl. Mech. 80(6), doi:10.1115/1.4025176, 2013.

     2. J. R. Rice, J. W. Rudnicki, and J. D. Platt, Stability and Localization of Rapid Shear in Fluid-Saturated Fault Gouge, 1. Linearized Stability Analysis, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 119, 4311-4333, doi:10.1002/2013JB010710, 2014.

     3. J. D. Platt, J. W. Rudnicki, and J. R. Rice, Stability and Localization of Rapid Shear in Fluid-Saturated Fault Gouge, 2. Localized Zone Width and Strength Evolution, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 119, 4334-4359, doi:10.1002/2013JB010711, 2014.

    4. X. Ma, J. W. Rudnicki, and B. C. Haimson, True triaxial tests in two porous sandstones: experimental failure characteristics and theoretical prediction, Proceedings 48th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, ARMA 14-7286, Minneapolis MN, 1 – 4 June, 2014.

    5. John W. Rudnicki, Fundamentals of Continuum Mechanics, 199 pages, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., ISBN 978-1-118-47991-9, 2015.

    6. Y. Song, H. Hu, and J. W. Rudnicki, Shear properties of heterogeneous fluid-filled porous media with spherical inclusions, Int. J. Solids Structures, 83, 154-168, 2016.

    7. W. Sun, M. R. Kuhn, and J. W. Rudnicki, A multiscale DEM-LBM analysis on permeability evolutions inside a dilatant shear band, Acta Geotechnica, DOI 10.1007/s1144013-0210-2, 2013.

    8. Y. Song, H. Hu, and J. W. Rudnicki, Dynamic bulk and shear moduli due to grain-scale local fluid flow in fluid-saturated cracked poroelastic rocks: theoretical model, J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 92, 28-54, 2016.


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.