Vladislav A. Yastrebov

personal page || science & life


People in Solid Mechanics

  • Georges Cailletaud, MINES ParisTech, France
    Mechanics of materials, Computational Mechanics, Micromechanics, Plasticity at all scales.
  • Frédéric Feyel, Onera, France
    Computational Solid Mechanics, parallel computing.
  • Samuel Forest, MINES ParisTech, France
    Mechanics of generalized continua, Micromechanics, Crystal Plasticity, Homogenization. Reach web-page, all publications are available, several animations.
  • Jean-Louis Chaboche, Onera, France
    Continuum mechanics, Plasticity, Consititutive material models.
  • David Ryckelynk, MINES ParisTech, France
    Continuum mechanics, Model reduction, Hyper reduction.
  • Jacques Besson, MINES ParisTech, France
    Continuum and computational mechanics, Ductile fracture, Porous materials.
  • Artem S. Semenov, Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Russia [link at TU Dresden]
    Continuum and computational mechanics, plasticity, Damage mechanics, Piezo- and ferro-electricity.
  • James R. Rice, Harvard University, USA
    Theoretical mechanics of solids and fluids. Theoretical Mechanics in Earth and Environmental Science. Many papers, course on continuum mechanics are available on the web-page.
  • Michael Ortiz, California Institute of technology, USA
    Computational solid mechanics, fracture, plasticity, dislocation dynamics. Very rich in content, many presentations.
  • Ares Rosakis, California Institute of Technology, USA
    Main topic is the simulation of earthquakes in the laboratory and fracture mechanics. Perfectly designed web-page of Prof. Rosakis. Several video presentations.
  • Rodrigue Desmorat, ENS-Cachan, France
    Continuum Damage Mechanics, Fatigue, failure of materials.
  • Jacky Mazars, Grenoble INP, Université Joseph Fourier, France
    Damage mechanics of concrete.
  • Peter Wriggers, University of Hanover, Germany [link at the University of New Castle]
    Computational Mechanics, Contact mechanics.
  • Tod A. Laursen, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates [link at Duke Univrsity]
    Computational contact mechanics.
  • Alan Needleman, University of North Texas, USA
    Computational and continuum mechanics, deformation and fracture of solids.
  • Thomas J.R. Hughes, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
    Computational Mechanics, Finite Element Method, Isogeometric Analysis, Fluid and Solid Mechanics.
  • Noboru Kikuchi, University of Michigan, USA
    Computational mechanics, Contact mechanics, Composite materials.
  • J. Tinsley Oden, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
    Mathematical methods in solid and fluid mechanics, multi-scale and adaptive modeling.
  • Ivo Babuska, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
    Mathematical methods in solid and fluid mechanics, Finite Element Method.
  • Milan Jirasek, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
    Damage and fracture mechanics, crack models.
  • Zdenek P. Bazant, Northwwwestern University, USA
    Mechanics of materials, damage and fracture.
  • Zdenek Dostal, Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
    Mathematical Methods in solid mechanics, Linear algebra.
  • Jean-François Molinari, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
    Numerical solid mechanics, Fracture, Contact mechanics.
  • Alexandre Konyukhov, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
    Computational contact mechanics, Geometrically precise theory of contact.
  • Christian Miehe, University of Stuttgart, Germany
    Continuum mechanics and thermodynamics, Microstructure and Homogenization.
  • Marc G.D. Geers, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
    Continuum Mechanics, Multi-scale modeling, Damage mechanics, crystal plasticity, generalized continua.
  • Marc Fivel, Grenoble INP, Université Joseph Fourier, France [link at SIMaP]
    Continuum mechanics, Dislocation dynamics.
  • Philippe Geubelle?, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
    Fracture mechanics, Dynamics, Geophysics.
  • Marco Paggi, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
    Contact mechanics, multi-scale modeling, Fracture.
  • Ted Belytschko, Northwestern University, USA
    Computational mechanics, Finite element method, Computer-Aided Engineering.
  • Michele Ciavarella, Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy
    Electric and mechanics contact, Indentation, Fractals.
  • K.L. Johnson, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom [link]
    Continuum contact mechanics.
  • J A Greenwood, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom [link]
    Continuum contact mechanics.
  • J.R. Barber, University of Michigan , USA
    Continuum contact mechanics.
  • Demirkan Cocker, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
    Fracture mechanics, friction.
  • Stanislaw Stupkiewicz, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Poland
    Micromechanics, multiscale modelling of shape memory alloys, Interface mechanics.
  • Guiseppe Carbone, Politecnico di Bari, Italy [link at TriboLab]
    Tribology, contact, adhesion, Persson's theory.
  • Krzysztof Kubiak, University of Leeds, UK
    Contact, surfaces, wetting, lattice Boltzmann methods, material science. Rich in content web-page, many presentations.

People in Geomechanics       -back to top-

  • Yehude Ben-Zion, South California University, USA
    All published papers. Main topics: dynamic sliding, friction, geophysics, earthquakes.
  • Thomas H. Heaton, California Institute of Technology, USA
    Earthquakes, rupture physics, explained self-healing pulses.
  • Jean-Pierre Vilotte, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France
    Earthquake rupture dynamics, Elastic wave propagation, Dynamics of granular media.
  • Jean Paul Ampuero, California Institute of Technology, USA
    Earthquake dynamics, Earthquake seismology.
  • Alain Cochard, Université de Strasbourg, France
  • François Renard, Institut des Sciences de la Terre, Grenoble, France
    Earthquakes and fractality of faults, tests on roughness change during salt-cube sliding.
  • Eric M. Dunham, Stanford, USA
    Earthquakes, slip of faults and volcanic eruptions. Simulations.
  • Laurent Baillet, Institut des Sciences de la Terre, PHITEM - UJF Grenoble, France
    Observation and simulation of interface rupture.

People in "physical" Mechanics       -back to top-

  • Jay Fineberg, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
    Dynamic fracture and friction, pattern formation.
  • Michael Urbakh, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Oleg M. Braun, Institute of Physics NASU, Ukraine
    Surface science and tribology
  • Mark O. Robbins, Johns Hopkins University, USA
    Contact and friction, particle mechanics.
  • Bo N.J. Persson, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
    Contact mechanics and friction at all scales.
  • Martin H. Müser, Saarland University, Germany
    Contact and friction, Phase change materials, collective quantum phenomena, smart materials.
  • Carlos Campana, University of Western Ontario, Canada
    Contact mechanics.
  • Julien Scheibert, University of Oslo, Norway
    Fracture and friction.

Books about science and scientists       -back to top-

  • Perfect Rigor by Masha Gessen [@amazon]
    A story of Grigori Perelman and Mathematics in Soviet Union.

  • My world line by George Gamov [@amazon]
    Autobiography of a Soviet physisist George Gamov, funny and inspiring.

  • Surely you are joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman[@amazon]
    A very funny autobiography of Richard Feynman, so many things he did and explored everything, I wonder how did he find time to do the cutting edge science : ).

  • Men of Mathematics by E.T. Bell [@amazon]
    A set of stories about great mathematicians: from Zhenon and Archimed to Henry Poincaré.

  • The Black Hole War by Leonard Susskind [@amazon]
    A popularization of Relativity, Quantum Mechanics and String Theory, it will bring you on the edge of science, however, sometimes it's not easy to understand. A long story of a great scientific battle of minds initiated by Stephen Hawking.

  • The Story of Science by Joy Hakim [link]
    Inspiring, densily illustrated and easily readable history of science, from ancient Babylon to nowadays physics. There are three volumes: 1. Aristotle Leads the Way, 2. Newton at the Center, 3. Einstein adds a new dimension.

  • Bibliotechka Kvant in Russian by different authors [link]
    A series of books for young people about different subjects in science: soap bubbles, diffusion, friction, chemistry, alloys, temperature and thermodynamics, solitons and so on. Electronic versions are available on math.xxx.ru

Journals with ranking       -back to top-

Computational Mechanics

General Mechanics and Engineering

Computational Materials Science
Computers & Structures
Lecture Notes in Applied and Computational Mechanics
European Journal of Mechanics A/Solids
Journal of Elasticity
Journal of Fracture
Engineering Fracture Mechanics
Engineering Computations

General science and physics

Software       -back to top-


Inkscape is a perfect tool to work with vector graphics. It's also very handy to combine vector and bitmap figures. It's my favorite tool to create figures, schemes, plots: I use it for all my figures. There are plugins which allow to include Latex text. However, you risk to encounter some problems with import/export from/to pdf and eps/ps formats.

Gimp is a free software to work with bitmaps, quite polyvalent but not very handy. It posseses almost all features of Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop
Simply great software to deal with bitmaps, but too expensive for ordinary users. In almost all aspects can be replaced by The Gimp, which is, however, less user friendly. I use Photoshop for my astophotography and personal photos, for my work I use Gimp.

Gnuplot is a very nice tool to plot 2D and 3D graphics. Rapid and powerful, but I always postprocess the plots before putting them in my papers.

Text typing/writing

Only TeX
This is a powerful and flexible tool for writing, especially scientific writing. The earlier you start to work with it, the better you feel : ). It posseses very handy tools to manage your bibliography (BibTeX), references in the text, tables of contents, figures and tables. The typing of formulae is perfect. Also there's a package to create presentations (Beamer), but in my opinion, it takes too much time.

On writing well

Contact and friction

  • Atomic-scale Friction Research and Education Synergy Hub (AFRESH) AFRESH
  • Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology
  • Basic article on rate and state friction law: Kilgore, B. D., M. L. Blanpied, and J. H. Dieterich (1993), Velocity dependent friction of granite over a wide range of conditions, Geophys. Res. Lett., 20(10), 903-906 [dx.doi]
  • Gecko-like robot constructed at Stanford [link 1], [link 2]
  • Personal page of Ken Brakke, Susquehanna University, USA. Surfaces, soap bubbles, web-page rich on information.


  • Fractals in the book by E. R. Pike and P. C. Sabatier, "Scattering" (2002), p. 472 [@amazon] [@books.google]
  • Fractals in the book by G. W. Stachowiak and A. W. Batchelor, "Engineering tribology", Elsevier, second edition, (2001), p. 457 [@amazon] [@books.google]
  • Book about fractality by Paul Meakin "Fractals, Scaling and Growth Far from Equilibrium" , Cambridge University Press, Reissue edition (1998,2011) [@amazon] [@books.google]
  • Book by Benoit B. Mandelbrot The Fractal Geometry of Nature, W. H. Freeman and Company, first edition (1982) [@amazon]
  • A tool for 3D topography [@wiki] "LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging, also LADAR) is an optical remote sensing technology that can measure the distance to, or other properties of a target by illuminating the target with light, often using pulses from a laser. LIDAR technology has application in Geomatics, archaeology, geography, geology, geomorphology, seismology, forestry, remote sensing and atmospheric physics.[1] Also for 'airborne laser swath mapping' (ALSM), 'laser altimetry' and LIDAR Contour Mapping."
    The team of Francois Renard used this tool to measure the roughness of faults.
    Check their paper: Candela, T., Renard, F., Bouchon, M., Schmittbuhl, J., and Brodsky, E. E. (2011) Fault slip distribution and fault roughness, Geophysical Journal International [dx.doi]
  • Sorin Istrail: "In 2000, he resolved a longstanding open problem in statistical mechanics, the Three-Dimensional Ising Model Problem; his proof showed the "impossibility" (computational intractability) of deriving closed forms explicit partition functions for every three-dimensional Ising model." An interesting paper "Randomness is Beautiful: in Search of von Neumann" [pdf]
  • Book Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity [@author's page] by James P. Sethna
  • Stanford lectures on Statistical mechanics by Leonard Susskind [@youtube]
  • Bubbles [@author's page] by Prof. John M. Sullivan, see also [author's page 2]


  • Book Algebraic Topology by Allen Hatcher [@author's page]
  • A very useful web-site EqWorld.ipmnet.ru posseses a very rich library of electronic books in all domains of mathematics, mechanics and physics (all in Russian), an exhausting solutions for many classes of differential and integral equations and many other useful information. I'm grateful to people who created and support this web-resource.
  • Benford's law on the distribution of the first number in quantities describing real processes [@wiki], see also a paper by V. I. Arnold [@kvant]

Astrophysics, Astronomy and Astrophotography

  • Stacy McGaugh's page and its verification of "MOND" [@wiki] and critisim of "LambdaCDM" [@wiki] model of dark matter, which may not exist, see his paper in PhysRevLett [dx.doi] and an article in Science & Vie (in French) from May 2011, N 1124, pp. 54-71
  • An interesting discussion about gravity [@physics.forums]
  • A rich web-site of Australian astrophotographers [terrastro.com]
  • Astrophotographer Takayuki Yoshida [im-possible.info]/a>
  • Microbes and micro-organisms, blog and photos [macromite.wordpress.com]
  • Paul Falstad's personal page with many graphical math- and physical plugins on Java [falstad.com]
  • Web-site on snow crystals, nice photos, some physics [@caltech.edu]
  • Web-site with funny/scientific videos [smartvideos.ru]
  • Physics in comics [@colorado.edu]
  • Web-site on Fourrier series [fourier-series.com]
  • Tensegrity - is a structural principle based on the use of isolated components in compression inside a net of continuous tension, in such a way that the compressed members (usually bars or struts) do not touch each other and the prestressed tensioned members (usually cables or tendons) delineate the system spatially (from Wikipedia). René Motro, Professor Emeritus at University Montpellier gave a talk at EPFL "Tensegrity Systems : from the simplex to the foldable tensegrity ring", 17 June 2011
  • A lot of interesting references on Conway's Game of Life [@dmoz.org], see also David Ingalls Bell's page
    What is the Conway's Game of Life?
    1. Any live cell with fewer than two live neighbours dies, as if caused by under-population.
    2. Any live cell with two or three live neighbours lives on to the next generation.
    3. Any live cell with more than three live neighbours dies, as if by overcrowding.
    4. Any dead cell with exactly three live neighbours becomes a live cell, as if by reproduction.
    See also [@wiki]
  • NeoCube spherical magnets [official website], [@wiki]
  • Fast cameras 5e5 - 1e6 fps, amazing videos of bullets [@kurzzeit.com], see more on [@youtube]

Material science

  • Materials data-base, phase diagrams and micrographes, some videos [@doitpoms.ac.uk]

Computers and Programming

Finite Element Method

  • Accurate Implicit Time Integration in Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis, ADINA, Bathe [@adina.com]
  • Laboratory of Barbara Wohlmuth, Munchen [@TU Munchen]

Molecular Dynamics

Associations and Organizations

  • IUTAM International Union on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics [wiki]
  • ECCOMAS European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences
  • CSMA French Computational Structural Mechanics Association
    Calcul de structures et modélisation (Association) [wiki]
  • AFM Association Française de Mécanique [wiki]
  • GAMM Gesellschaft für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik (German)
    Society of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics [wiki]
  • SIAM Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics [wiki]
  • ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers [wiki]
  • APS American Physical Society [wiki]