Gabriel Potirniche, Ph.D.
College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Department
Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2007
PhD, Mississippi State University, Mechanical Engineering, 2003
MS, Polytechnic Univ. of Bucharest, Romania, Dept. of Transportation, 1999
MS, Polytechnic Univ. of Bucharest, Dept. of Mechanics, 1998
BBA, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Dept. of Management, 1998
BS, Polytechnic Univ. of Bucharest, Dept. of Transportation, 1995
Multiscale modeling of plasticity and damage behavior in metals
Fatigue and Fracture
Constitutive Modeling for Metallic Alloys
Atomistic Simulations, Crystal Plasticity, Anisotropic Plasticity
Finite Element Method
Gabriel P. Potirniche is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Idaho. Dr. Potirniche received his Ph.D in 2003 in Mechanical Engineering from the Mississippi State University (MSU). Afterwards, he joined the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at MSU as a postdoctoral associate. In August 2007 he became an Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho. His research has been focused on the mechanical behavior of metals at different length scales under monotonic and fatigue loading.
Dr. Potirniche has implemented computational models for the study of fatigue damage at the nanoscale using molecular dynamics methods, at the microscale using crystal plasticity theory, and at the macroscale using classical isotropic plasticity and anisotropic yield functions. He has also performed computational studies of ductile fracture in crystalline materials under quasi-static and dynamic loading. Most recently, Dr. Potirniche has been developing constitutive models for the visco-hyperelestic behavior of polymer materials subjected to impact and ballistic loads. He is a member of ASME and ASM International. In 2007 he received the “Orr Early Career Award” by the Materials Division and Awards Committee of the ASME. In addition to his research, Dr. Potirniche teaches solid mechanics courses at the University of Idaho.
- A Two-Dimensional Damaged Finite Element for Fracture Applications, Feb. 2008, Engineering Fracture Mechanics
- Monitoring Structural Damage of Components using an effective Modulus Approach, Sept. 2007, Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics
- A Thermodynamic Model of Polycrystalline Damage with Internal State Variables, 2007, Mechanics of Materials Vol. 39 pp. 941-952
- Atomistic Modeling of Fatigue Crack Growth and Dislocation Structuring in FCC Single Crystals, 2006, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Vol. 462 pp 3707-3731
- Three-Dimensional Finite Element Simulations of Microstructurally Small Fatigue Crack Growth in 7075 Aluminum Alloy, August 2006, Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures Vol. 29, pp.697-705
- On the Growth of Nanoscale Fatigue Cracks, March 2006, Philosophical Magazine Letters Vol. 86, No 3, pp. 185-193
- A Molecular Dynamics Study of Void Growth and Void Coalescence in Single Crystal Nickel, Feb. 2006, International Journal of Plasticity, Vol. 22, No.2, pp.257-278
- One- and two-dimensional visco-elastic modeling of polymeric fibers and fabrics, Research project with CAE Corporation, sponsored by the DoD, 2006-2008.
- Prediction and monitoring systems of creep-fracture behavior of 9Cr-1Mo steels for reactor pressure vessels, Research project sponsored by DOE-NEUP, 2009-2012
- Experimental study and computational simulations of key pebble bed thermo-mechanics issues for design and safety, Research project sponsored by DOE-NEUP, 2009-2012
- Modeling of silicon wafer grinding for electronic applications, with Micron Corporation, Boise.
- Orr Early Career Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers/Materials Division Awards and Honors Committee, November 2007
- Award for Excellence in Multiscale Modeling and Engineering Applications, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, June 2005
- Henry O. Fuchs Student Travel Award, Society of Automotive Engineers, Fatigue Design and Evaluation Committee, August 2002
- Barrier Fellowship, Mississippi State University, 2002