Senthil Vel faculty photoSenthil S. Vel, Ph.D.

Arthur O. Willey Professor of Mechanical Engineering                                                                              

The University of Maine
5711 Boardman Hall, Room 214
Orono, ME  04469-5711
(207) 581-2777;

PhD in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech, 1998

Curriculum Vitae

Research and Educational Software

External Engagements:

  • National Science Foundation Proposal Review Panelist, 2002, 2005, 2007
  • Proposal reviewer for Air Force Office of Scientific Research, 2003
  • Proposal reviewer for the Austrian Science Foundation Erwin Schrodinger Fellowship Program, 2014
  • Co-organizer of the 15th International Conference on Adaptive Structures and Technologies, Maine, 2004
  • Organized the mini-symposium on Design of Material Composition Distribution at the Multiscale and Functionally Graded Materials Conference, Hawaii, 2006

Teaching Areas: (More Information)

Modeling, Analysis and Control of Mechanical Systems; Mechanics of Composite Materials; Advanced Strength of Materials; Intro to the Finite Element Method; Mechanics of Laminated Composite Structures; Theory of Elasticity.

Research Areas: (Expanded View)

  • Mechanics of Composite Materials
  • Computational Solid Mechanics
  • Micromechanical Modeling of Heterogeneous Materials
  • Multiscale Modeling
  • Thermoelastic properties, seismic anisotropy and creep of rocks, ice and polycrystalline materials

Principal Sponsors

  • NSF, ONR

Select Research / Collaboration Activities

  • Design of functionally graded materials using genetic algorithms, NSF
  • Structural response of hybrid ship connections subjected to fatigue loads, ONR
  • Multiscale analysis of geological structures that influence crustal seismic anisotropy, NSF
  • Integrated analytical-computational analysis of microstructural influences on seismic anisotropy, NSF
  • Origin and vertical extent of damage zones around continental strike-slip faults, NSF

Select Publications / Presentations (*Student)

  • Pelletier*, J.L., Vel, S.S., “Multi-objective optimization of fiber reinforced composite laminates for strength, stiffness and minimal mass”, Computers & Structures, 84: 2065-2080, 2006.
  • Vel, S.S., “Exact elasticity solution for the vibration of functionally graded anisotropic cylindrical shells”, Composite Structures, 92: 2712–2727, 2010.
  • Vel, S.S., Cook*, A.C, Johnson, S.E., Gerbi, C., “Computational homogenization and micromechanical analysis of textured polycrystalline materials”, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 310:749-779, 2016.
  • Vel, S.S., Goupee*, A.J., “Multiscale thermoelastic analysis of random heterogeneous materials. Part I: Microstructure characterization and homogenization of material properties”, Computational Materials Science, 48: 22-38, 2010.
  • Cook*, A.C., Vel, S.S., Gerbi, C., Johnson, S.E., “Computational analysis of nonlinear creep of polyphase aggregates: Influence of phase morphology”, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 119: 6877–6906, 2014.

Professional Activities / Memberships

  • ASME Fellow