Professor David Roger Jones Owen

Professor David Roger Jones Owen

David Roger Jones Owen

 

Professor, College of Engineering

Overview

Specialist Subjects: Computational fluid dynamics, computational electromagnetics, mesh generation and adaptivity, wave propagation

  • PhD, Northwestern University, USA
  • MSc, University of Wales Swansea
  • BSc, University of Wales Swansea

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Research

Research, in the field of solid and structural mechanics, has centred on the development of solution procedures for non-linear problems encountered in science and engineering.

Contributed prominently to the development of computational strategies for plastic deformation problems, both for fundamental material studies and for application to Civil and Mechanical structures and components.

Recently focused on the development of discrete element methods for particulate modelling and the simulation of multi-fracturing phenomena in materials.

This work has extended developments in continuum based finitely deforming solids by including damage/fracture based failure and introducing material separation on a local basis to permit modelling of the degradation of a continuum into a multi-fractured particulate state.

Based upon this methodology, contributions have been made to fundamental understanding in several key application areas including:

  • Explosive simulations which necessitates coupling of the multi-fracturing solid behaviour with the evolving detonation gas distribution
  • Deep level mining operations
  • Defence problems related to high velocity impact
  • Structural failure predictions for impact
  • Seismic and blast loading

Selected publications

  • DRJ Owen, Energy-conserving contact interaction models for arbitrarily shaped discrete elements, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2012, 205-208, [ISSN:00457825], [DOI: 10.1016/j.cma.2011.02.010]
  • DRJ Owen, Energy-conserving contact interaction models for arbitrarily shaped discrete elements, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2012, 205-208, pp.169, [ISSN:00457825], [DOI: 10.1016/j.cma.2011.02.010]
  • DRJ Owen, Energy-conserving contact interaction models for arbitrarily shaped discrete elements, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2012, 205-208, pp.169, [ISSN:00457825], [DOI: 10.1016/j.cma.2011.02.010]
  • DRJ Owen, An efficient framework for fluid-structure interaction using the lattice Boltzmann method and immersed moving boundaries, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2011, 87, 1-5, pp.66, [ISSN:00295981], [DOI: 10.1002/nme.2985]
  • DRJ Owen, Numerical rheometry of bulk materials using a power law fluid and the lattice Boltzmann method, Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, 2011, 166, 12-13, pp.628, [ISSN:03770257], [DOI: 10.1016/j.jnnfm.2011.02.011]
  • DRJ Owen, Three-dimensional modelling and simulation of magnetorheological fluids, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2010, 84, 11, [ISSN:00295981], [DOI: 10.1002/nme.2940]
  • DRJ Owen, Benchmarks for the evolution of shear localisation with large relative sliding in frictional materials, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2006, 195, 37-40, pp.4991, [ISBN:0045-7825], [ISSN:00457825], [DOI: 10.1016/j.cma.2005.11.016]
  • DRJ Owen, Polygon-based contact resolution for superquadrics, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2006, 66, 3, pp.485, [ISBN:0029-5981], [ISSN:0029-59811097-0207], [DOI: 10.1002/nme.1569]
  • DRJ Owen, The modelling of multi-fracturing solids and particulate media, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2004, 60, 1, pp.317, [ISBN:0029-5981], [ISSN:0029-59811097-0207], [DOI: 10.1002/nme.964]
  • DRJ Owen, Discrete fracture in quasi-brittle materials under compressive and tensile stress states, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2004, 193, 27-29, pp.3035, [ISBN:0045-7825], [ISSN:00457825], [DOI: 10.1016/j.cma.2003.10.015]
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Teaching

  • EG-M25 - Advanced Structural Analysis (13/14)

Research theses supervised

PhD

  • 2014 - Stochastic modelling in Engineering: Theory and Applications (2nd Supervisor: Dr Chenfeng Li)
  • 2013 - Structural reliability analysis with applications in earthquake engineering (2nd Supervisor: Dr Chenfeng Li)
  • 2010 - 'On human gut microbial ecosystem: In Vitro Experiment, In Vivo Study and Mathematical Modelling.' (2nd Supervisor: Dr Chenfeng Li)
  • 2010 - 'Characterisation of Porous Media using the Lattice Boltzmann Method' (2nd Supervisor: Professor Yuntian Feng)
  • 2010 - 'Probabilistic Modelling of Heterogeneous Media' (2nd Supervisor: Dr Chenfeng Li)
  • 2008 - 'Computational Multi-Scale Modelling of Ceramic Composite Layer and Reinforced Concrete Slabs Subjected to Blast Loading' (2nd Supervisor: Professor Yuntian Feng)
  • 2007 - Joint Diagonalization Solutions for linear Stochostic Finite Element Equations (2nd Supervisor: Dr Chenfeng Li)
  • 2007 - Gaussian Process Emulators for the Analysis of Complex Models in Engineering (2nd Supervisor: Professor Sondipon Adhikari)
  • 2006 - Computational strategies for predicting localisation in forward modelling of geological structures (2nd Supervisor: Professor Yuntian Feng)
  • 2006 - Development of a Computational Framework Coupling the Non-Newtonian Lattice Boltzmann Method and the Discrete Element Method with Application to Block Caving (2nd Supervisor: Professor Djordje Peric)
  • 2005 - Computational modelling of structures using discrete and finite elements. (2nd Supervisor: Professor Djordje Peric)
  • 2003 - Finite/Discrete Element Simulation of Hydraulic Fracturing. (2nd Supervisor: Professor Eduardo De Souza Neto)
  • 2002 - To be decided (2nd Supervisor: Professor Eduardo De Souza Neto)
  • 2002 - Stochastic Approaches in Finite Eleits (2nd Supervisor: Professor Yuntian Feng)
  • 2002 - Dynamic Rolling Contact and Friction Modelling (2nd Supervisor: Professor Yuntian Feng)
  • 2002 - Parallel Processing for Multiscale Problems (2nd Supervisor: Professor Eduardo De Souza Neto)
  • 2000 - Finite Element Simulation of Fracturing in Ductile Solids (2nd Supervisor: Professor Eduardo De Souza Neto)
  • 1998 - Combined FE/DE Methodology for Analysis of Shot Peening Processes (2nd Supervisor: Professor Djordje Peric)

EngD

  • 2006 - Computational Modelling of full aperture easy open ends for improved can end design (2nd Supervisor: Professor Yuntian Feng)
  • 2006 - Numerical modelling of localised thinning processes for packaging steels (2nd Supervisor: Professor Yuntian Feng)
  • 1999 - Design and Simulation of Shaped Can Products

MPhil

  • 2006 - GPU Accelerated Mesh Simplification (2nd Supervisor: Professor Yuntian Feng)
  • 2006 - Discrete element modelling of cohesive particles. (2nd Supervisor: Professor Yuntian Feng)
  • 2001 - Finite/Discrete Element Analysis of Nano-sheet forming (2nd Supervisor: Professor Yuntian Feng)

Additional information

Awards and distinctions

  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1996
  • Awarded an Honorary D.Sc. by the University of Porto, Portugal in 1998.
  • Received the Computational Mechanics Award of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM) in 2002
  • Awarded the Warner T. Koiter Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2003 for "contributions to the field of theoretical and computational solid mechanics"
  • Awarded the Gauss-Newton Medal of IACM in 2004 for "outstanding contributions in the field of computational mechanics"
  • Awarded the Gold Medal of the University of Split, Croatia in 2004 for "international achievements in the field of computational mechanics"
  • Awarded the Premier Medal of the Spanish Society for Computational Mechanics (SEMNI) in 2005 in "recognition of his outstanding scientific work"
  • Awarded an Honorary D.Sc. by ENS Cachan, France, 2007
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2009
  • Elected Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2011

 

Invited conferences

In addition to the presentation of numerous plenary lectures at the leading international conferences in the field of computational mechanics, also invited to deliver the following named lectures:

  • 2002 Prestige Lecture of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • 2003 Warner T. Koiter Lecture of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 2007 Alan Jennings Memorial Lecture, Queen’s University Belfast

Publications

  • D. R. J. Owen and T. Mura
    Periodic dislocation distributions in a half-space. J. Applied Physics, Vol. 38, No.5, pp. 1999-2009, 1967.
  • D. R. J. Owen
    Solutions to arbitrarily oriented periodic dislocation and eigenstrain distributions in a half-space. Int. J. Solids & Structures, Vol. 7, pp. 1343-1361, 1971.
  • D. R. J. Owen
    The application of dislocation theory to the determination of stress-strain relationships of composite materials. Int. J. Nonlinear Mechanics, Vol. 6, pp. 167-175, 1971.
  • J. R. Griffiths and D. R. J. Owen
    An elastic-plastic stress analysis for a notched bar in plane strain bending. J. Mech. Phys. Solids, Vol.19, pp. 419-430, 1971.
  • R. N. Haward and D. R. J. Owen
    The detergent stress-cracking of polyethylene. Proc. Roy. Soc. A, Vol. 352, pp. 505-521, 1977.
  • D. R. J. Owen and J. A. Figueiras
    Anisotropic elasto-plastic finite element analysis of thick and thin plates and shells. Int. J. Num. Meth. Engng. Vol. 19, pp. 1-26, 1983.
  • D. R. J. Owen and J. M. M. C. Marques
    Implicit-explicit time integration in quasistatic elasto-viscoplasticity using finite and infinite elements. Comp. Meth. Appl. Mech. & Engng. Vol. 42, pp. 167-182, 1984.
  • D R. J. Owen and Z. H. Li
    Elastic-plastic dynamic analysis of anisotropic laminated plates. Comp. Meth. in Appl. Mech.& Engng., Vol. 70, pp. 349-365, 1988.
  • D. Peric, D. R. J. Owen and M. E. Honnor
    A model for finite strain elasto-plasticity based on logarithmic strains: Computational issues. Comp. Meth. in Appl. Mech. & Engng, Vol 94, pp.35-61, 1992
  • D. Peric and D. R. J. Owen
    Computational model for 3-D contact problems with friction based on the penalty method. Int. J. Num. Meth. Engng. Vol 35, pp 1289-1309, 1992.
  • E. A. de Souza Neto, D. Peric and D. R. J. Owen
    On the numerical simulation of elasto-plastic damage at finite strains. Archives of Computational Mechanics, CIMNE Publications, Barcelona, 1997.
  • D. Peric, J. Yu and D. R. J. Owen
    On error estimates and adaptivity in elasto-plastic solids : Applications to the numerical simulation of strain localisation in classical and Cosserat continua. Int. J. Num. Meth. Engng., Vol. 37,pp. 1351-1379, 1994.
  • Y. T. Feng, D. R. J. Owen and D. Peric
    A block Conjugate Gradient method applied to linear systems with multiple right hand sides. Comp. Meth. Appl. Mech. & Engng. Vol. 127 (1-4), pp. 203-215, 1995
  • E. A. de Souza Neto, K. Hashimoto, D. Peric and D. R. J. Owen
    A phenomenological model for frictional contact of coated steel sheets
    accounting for wear effects : Theory, experiments and numerical simulations.
    Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond. A, Vol 354, 1-25, 1996.
  • Y. T. Feng, D. Peric and D. R. J. Owen
    A non-nested Galerkin multi-grid method for solving linear and nonlinear solid mechanics problems. Comp. Meth. Appl. Mech. & Engng., Vol. 144, pp. 307-325, 1997.
  • D. Peric and D. R. J. Owen
    Finite element applications to the nonlinear mechanics of solids. In:Reports on Progress in Physics, Institute of Physics, Vol 61, N0. 11, pp. 1495-1574, 1998.
  • D. R. J. Owen and M. Vaz Jr.
    Computational techniques applied to high-speed machining under adiabatic strain localisation conditions, Comp. Meth. Appl. Mech. & Engng, Vol 171, pp 445-461, 1999
  • A. Munjiza, D. R. J. Owen and N. Bicanic
    A combined finite/discrete element method in transient dynamics of fracturing solids. Int. J. Engng Comp., Vol. 12, pp. 145-174, 1995.
    P. A. Klerck, E. J. Sellers and D. R. J. Owen
    Discrete fracture in quasi-brittle materials under compressive and tensile stress states. Comp. Meth in Appl. Mech & Engng. Vol. 193: pp. 3035-3056, 2004.
  • D. R. J. Owen, Y. T. Feng, E. A. de Souza Neto, M. Cottrell, F. Wang and F. M. Andrade Pires, The Modelling of Multi-Fracturing Solids and Particulate Media, Int. J. Num. Meth. Eng., Vol. 60(1): pp. 317-340, 2004
  • D. Peric and D. R. J. Owen
    Computational modeling of forming processes, Chapter 14 in Encyclopedia of Computational Mechanics, Volume 2: Solids and Structures, (edited by E. Stein. R. de Borst and T. J. R. Hughes), pp 461-511, J. Wiley, Chichester, 2004.
  • K. Han, Y. T. Feng and D. R. J. Owen
    Polygon-based contact resolution for superquadrics. Int. J. Numer. Meth. Engng. Vol. 66(3), pp. 485-501, 2006.
  • C.F. Li, Y. T. Feng and D. R. J. Owen
    SMB: Collision detection based on temporal coherence. Comp. Meth. Appl. Mech. Engng. Vol. 195(19-22), pp. 2252-2269, 2006.
  • A. J. L. Crook, D. R. J. Owen, S. M. Willson and J. Yu
    Benchmarks for the evolution of shear localisation with large relative sliding in frictional materials, Comp. Meth in Appl. Mech & Eng. Vol. 195, pp. 4991-5010, 2006.
  • A. J. L. Crook, S. M. Willson, J. G. Yu and D. R. J. Owen
    Predictive modelling of structure evolution in sandbox experiments, J. Structural Geology, Vol. 28, pp. 729-744, 2006.
  • C. F. Li, Y. T. Feng and D. R. J. Owen
    Explicit solution of the stochastic system of linear algebraic equations (a1A1 + a2A2 + ... + amAm) x = b, Comp. Methods Appl. Mech. Engng., Vol. 195 (44-47), pp. 6560-6576, 2006.
  • R. J. Pine, D. R. J. Owen, J. S. Coggan and J. M. Rance
    A new discrete fracture model for rock masses, Geotechnique, Vol. 57 (9), pp 757–766, 2007.
  • M. Vaz, D. R. J. Owen, V. Kalhori, M. Lundblad and L.-E. Lindgren
    Modelling and simulation of machining processes, Archives of Computational Mechanics, Vol. 14, pp 174 – 204, 2007.
  • D. R. J. Owen, F. M. Andrade Pires and E. A. de Souza Neto
    A computational model for viscoplasticity coupled with damage including unilateral effects. In: Computational Plasticity, E. Onate and R. Owen (Eds), pp 145 – 164, Springer, 2007.
  • K. Han, Y. T. Feng and D. R. J. Owen
    Numerical simulation of irregular particle transport in turbulent flows using coupled LBM-DEM, Computer Modelling in Engineering & Science, Vol. 18 (2), pp 87 – 100, 2007.
  • Y. T. Feng, K. Han and D. R. J. Owen
    Coupled lattice Boltzmann method and discrete element modeling of particle transport in turbulent fluid flows: Computational issues, Int. J. Num. Meth. In Engng., Vol 72, pp 1111-1134, 2007.
  • Y. T. Feng, K. Han, C. F. Li and D. R. J. Owen
    Discrete thermal element modeling of heat conduction in particle systems: Basic formulations, J Computational Physics, Vol. 227, pp 5072-5089, 2008.
  • C.F. Li, Y. T. Feng, D. R. J. Owen and I. M. Davies
    A Fourier-Karhunen-Loève representation scheme for wide-sense stationary stochastic fields. Int. J. Numer. Meth. Engng. 73(13), 1942-1965, 2008.
  • K. Han, Y. T. Feng and D. R. J. Owen
    Modelling of Thermal Contact Resistance Using Thermal Lattice Boltzmann Method.; International Journal of Thermal Sciences. 47(10), 1276-1283, 2008.
  • D. R. J. Owen, Y. T. Feng, K. Han and J. Yu
    Fluid/structure coupling in fracturing solids and particulate media. Geomechanics and Geoengineering, 4, 27-37, 2009.
  • D. R. J. Owen
    Olgierd (Olek) Zienkiewicz (18th May 1921-2nd January 2009). Bibliographical Memoirs of the Royal Society, 2009.

Professional positions

  • Member of the Executive Council of IACM (International Association for Computational Mechanics)
  • Board Member of the European Council for Computational Mechanics (ECCM)
  • Past Chairman of the UK Association for Computational Mechanics in Engineering
  • Member of the Research Assessment Exercise panel for Civil Engineering, 2001
  • Appointed to similar panels for the corresponding exercise in Mechanical Engineering for the Netherlands, 2000 and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinshaft (DFG), Germany, 2006 and 2007
  • Member of the International Advisory Board for the Institute for High Performance Computing in Singapore
  • Elected Council Member of NAFEMS, which is an international organisation aimed at establishing standards and quality assurance procedures for the safe use of finite element methods
  • Founder and Chairman of Rockfield Software Ltd, a leading SME providing high-technology computational services to the international engineering community