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:

  • Early Career Research Award, Department of Energy, Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Program, May 2014
  • Award for Excellence: “For technical leadership and delivery of the DOE SciDAC-e project”, Sandia National Laboratories, 2011
  • Award for Excellence: “For fundamental contributions to the algorithmic development of the ALEGRA shock hydrodynamics software by Sandia National Laboratories”, Sandia National Laboratories, 2008
  • 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, 2007
  • Magna Cum Laude distinction, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, 1998

Courses Taught:
  • CEE 421L: Matrix Structural Analysis
  • CEE 530: Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • CEE 630: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • ME 524: Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • ME 525: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • G. Scovazzi and A. López Ortega, Algebraic flux correction and geometric conservation in arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian computations” (2012).
    • P. Bochev, D. Ridzal, G. Scovazzi, and M. Shashkov, Constrained-optimization-based data transfer: A new perspective on flux correction (2012).
    • Ortega, A. Lopez and Scovazzi, G., A geometrically-conservative, synchronized, flux-corrected remap for arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian computations with nodal finite elements, JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS, vol 230 no. 17 (2011), pp. 6709--6741 [doi] [abs].
    • Bochev, Pavel and Ridzal, Denis and Scovazzi, Guglielmo and Shashkov, Mikhail, Formulation, analysis and numerical study of an optimization-based conservative interpolation (remap) of scalar fields for arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian methods, JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS, vol 230 no. 13 (2011), pp. 5199--5225 [doi] [abs].
    • Scovazzi, G. and Love, E., A generalized view on Galilean invariance in stabilized compressible flow computations, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN FLUIDS, vol 64 no. 10-12 (2010), pp. 1065--1083 [doi] [abs].