Allan Francis BowerProfessor of Engineering, Director of Undergraduate Programs for the School of Engineering
Professor Bower was educated at the University of Cambridge, and was a University Lecturer in the Department of Engineering at Cambridge before joining Brown as an assistant professor in 1991. He currently serves as co-director (with Dr. Mark Verbrugge of GM) of the Brown/General Motors Collaborative Research Laboratory in Computational Materials Research.
1.“Growth of whiskers from Sn surfaces: driving forces and growth mechanisms,” (with Eric Chason, Nitin Jadhav and Eric Buchovecky) Progress in Surface Science, 88, 103-131, (2013)
2.“Microscale calibrated modeling of the deformation response of low-carbon martensite,” (with Hassan Ghassemi-Armaki, Peng Chen, Shrikant Bhat, Sriram Sadagopan, and Sharvan Kumar), Acta Materialia, 61 (10) 3535-3904 (2013).
3."Anisotropy in plastic deformation of extruded magnesium alloy sheets during tensile straining at high temperature," (with D. Cipoletti and P.E. Krajewski), Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation, 2 (1), in press doi:10.1186/2193-9772-2-4 (2013)
4.“Stress evolution incomposite silicon electrodes during lithiation/delithiation,” (with V.A. Sethuraman, A. Nguyen, M.J. Chon, S.P.V. Nadimpalli, H. Wang, P. Guduru and D.P. Abraham), Journal of the Electrochemical Society 160, A739-A746 (2013)
5.“Measurement and modeling of the mechanical and electrochemical response of amorphous Si thin film electrodes during cyclic lithiation,” (with G. Bucci, S.P.V. Nadimpalli, V.A. Sethuraman and P.R. Guduru), Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 62, 276-294, (2013)
6.“The influence of serrated flow on necking in tensile specimens,” (with F. Zhang and W.A. Curtin), Acta Materialia 60 (1) 43-50, (2012)
7.“Real-Time Stress Measurements in Composite Lithium-ion Battery Anodes during Electrolyte Wetting and Electrochemical Cycling,” (with V.A. Sethuraman, N. Van Winkle, D.P. Abraham and P. Guduru), Journal of Power Sources 206, 334-342 (2012)
8.“A simple finite element model of diffusion, finite deformation, plasticity and fracture in lithium ion insertion electrode materials,” (with P.R. Guduru), Modeling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 20 045004, (2012)
9.“Toughness of a patterned interface between two elastically dissimilar solids,” (with F. Cordisco, P. Zavattieri and L.G. Hector, Jr), Engineering Fracture Mechanics, in press (2012)
10.“Diffusion mediated lithiation stresses in Si thin film electrodes,” (with S. Soni, B. Sheldon, X. Xiao, M. Verbrugge) Journal of The Electrochemical Society 159 (9), A1520-A1527 (2012)
Professor Bower is a member of the Solid Mechanics group in the School of Engineering. He works with colleagues and students to develop and apply computer simulations to model the mechanical properties of materials. Applications of current interest include lightweight materials and engineered surfaces for automotive and aerospace applications, as well as microelectronic materials.
Current research projects include:
Computational design of lightweight materials and advanced high strength steels for automotive applications;
Modeling deformation and failure in Lithium ion battery electrodes
Institute of Mechanical Engineers Thomas Stephen Prize
Institute of Mechanical Engineers Bronze Tribology Medal
ASME Tribology Division Best Paper Award
Philip J. Bray Teaching Award
General Motors "Most Valuable Colleague" Award
Midwest Mechanics Lecturer (2013)
Dedicated Faculty Award (presented by engineering class of 2013)
Royce Family Professor of Excellence in Teaching (2012-2015)
Chason, Eric Professor of Engineering, Director of Graduate Programs for the School of Engineering
Professor Bower teaches undergraduate courses in mechanical engineering and graduate courses in applied mechanics. Previous courses are listed below, with web addresses for electronic texts where available.