Marcial Gonzalez, Ph.D.
School of Mechanical Engineering
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Predictive multiscale modeling and simulation
Our current research focuses on predictive, multi-scale modeling and simulation of microstructure evolution in confined granular systems, with an emphasis in manufacturing processes and the relationship between product fabrication and performance. Application areas of interest include: consolidation and compaction of powders, and performance of pharmaceutical solid products (e.g., tensile strength, stiffness, swelling and disintegration) and energetic materials (e.g., deformation and heat generation under impact conditions, and formation and growth of hot spots). These studies are achieved by a combined experimental and multi-scale modeling effort that systematically uses a micro-compression testing machine (for making measurements at the particle scale), an instrumented compaction simulator (for characterizing the compaction process) and a supercomputer cluster (ranked the nation's fastest university-owned supercomputer in 2013)
Current and recent funding sources
Center for Particulate Products and Processes (CP3)
Purdue's community clusters