Guglielmo Scovazzi

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Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Guglielmo Scovazzi received B.S/M.S. in aerospace engineering (summa cum laude) from Politecnico di Torino (Italy); and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Before coming to Duke, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Computer Science Research Institute at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM).

Dr. Scovazzi’s research interests include finite element and advanced numerical methods for computational fluid and solid mechanics. His research emphasizes accurate computational methods aimed at reducing the overall design/analysis costs in multiphase porous media flows, highly transient compressible and incompressible flows, turbulent flows, and complex geometry systems in solid mechanics.

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
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  • Ph.D. Stanford University, 2004

Research Interests:

Finite element methods, computational fluid and solid mechanics, multiphase porous media flows, computational methods for fluid and solid materials under extreme load conditions, turbulent flow computations, instability phenomena.


Computational Mechanics

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Award for Excellence: “For technical leadership and delivery of the DOE SciDAC-e project”, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Award for Excellence: “For fundamental contributions to the algorithmic development of the ALEGRA shock hydrodynamics software by Sandia National Laboratories”, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Award for Excellence: “For novel and important contributions to arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian methods for shock hydrodynamics and the high-quality journal publications”, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Magna Cum Laude distinction, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Courses Taught:
  • CEE 421L: Matrix Structural Analysis
  • CEE 530: Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • ME 524: Introduction to the Finite Element Method

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • Huang, H; Scovazzi, G, A high-order, fully coupled, upwind, compact discontinuous Galerkin method for modeling of viscous fingering in compressible porous media, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol 263 (2013), pp. 169-187 [10.1016/j.cma.2013.04.010] [abs].
    • Gerstenberger, A; Scovazzi, G; Collis, SS, Computing gravity-driven viscous fingering in complex subsurface geometries: A high-order discontinuous Galerkin approach, Computational Geosciences: modeling, simulation and data analysis, vol 17 no. 2 (2013), pp. 351-372 [10.1007/s10596-012-9334-y] [abs].
    • Rider, WJ; Love, E; Scovazzi, G; Weirs, VG, A high resolution Lagrangian method using nonlinear hybridization and hyperviscosity, Computers and Fluids, vol 83 (2013), pp. 25-32 [10.1016/j.compfluid.2012.09.009] [abs].
    • Scovazzi, G; Huang, H; Collis, SS; Yin, J, A fully-coupled upwind discontinuous Galerkin method for incompressible porous media flows: High-order computations of viscous fingering instabilities in complex geometry, Journal of Computational Physics, vol 252 (2013), pp. 86-108 [10.1016/] [abs].
    • Scovazzi, G; Gerstenberger, A; Collis, SS, A discontinuous Galerkin method for gravity-driven viscous fingering instabilities in porous media., J. Comput. Physics, vol 233 (2013), pp. 373-399 [10.1016/] [abs].