The Laboratory for Dynamic Response of Advanced Materials (LDRAM) performs cutting-edge research in solid mechanics, materials science, and biomedical engineering. We employ advanced experimental, analytical, and computational tools to build constitutive models for complex loading conditions, especially for high-strain rates. We study a wide range of materials, including advanced structural ceramics, refractory metals, high-strength glasses, composites, bulk metallic glasses, metallic/polymeric foams, gels, and biomaterials. Our capabilities include:

  • Spark plasma sintering
  • Dynamic compression
  • Ballistic impact
  • Dynamic microindentations
  • Quasi-static microindentation
  • Quasi-static compression and torsion
  • Ultrasonic testing
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Transmission electron microscopy
  • Optical microscopy
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Molecular dynamics

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Ghatu Subhash, Principal Investigator

  • Newton C. Ebaugh Professor
  • Fellow of the Society for Experimental Mechanics
  • Associate Editor of Experimental Mechanics, ASME Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials, Mechanics of Materials, and Journal of the American Ceramic Society
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the 17th Int. Conf. on Experimental Mechanics by the Society for Experimental Mechanics and for the Mach Conference by the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute
  • Significant Contribution Award from American Nuclear Society
  • Technology Innovator Award from the University of Florida
  • Education: Post-Doc from California Institute of Technology, PhD from University of California San Diego, Masters from University of California San Diego, and Bachelors from Karnataka Regional Engineering College

Graduate Researchers

  • Amnaya Awasthi (Post-Doc): Computational chemistry of boron carbide
  • Salil Bavdekar: Analytical models for impact on structural ceramics
  • Amith Cheenady: Molecular dynamics of icosahedral ceramics
  • Matt DeVries (NSF Fellow): Experimental mechanics and molecular dynamics of boron carbide
  • Alexander Knapp: Dynamic fracture of hydrogels
  • Cody Kunka (NSF Fellow): Quantum mechanics of boron carbide
  • Bijan Nili: FEA modeling of spark-plasma sintering
  • Rafael Riera (BD fellow): Dynamic characterization of advanced armor ceramics
  • Kshitiz Upadhyay: Mathematical modelling and experimental characterization of hydrogels

Hall of Fame (Graduates)

  • Bryan Allison: Structural foams and composites
  • Abir Bhattacharyya: Rolling-contact fatigue
  • Saranya Canchi: Blast-induced traumatic brain injury
  • Zhichao Chen: Spark-plasma sintering of uranium dioxide
  • Phillip Jannotti (NDSEG Fellow): Chemically strengthened glass
  • Ed Haney: Physical optics and boron carbide
  • Yu Hong: Blast-induced traumatic brain injury
  • Gregory Parsard (NSF Fellow): Experimental modeling of amorphization
  • John Pittari, III: Mechanical testing of ultra-high-strength ceramics
  • Muhammad Shafiq: Confinement of ziconia diboride and silicon carbide
  • Alison Trachet (Fulbright Scholar): Dynamic response of silicon carbide
  • Timothy Walter: Structural foams and composites


Professor Subhash

  • Office: New Engineering Building RM #129
  • Phone: 352-392-7005
  • Email: subhash@ufl.edu
  • Mail: 225-A MAE A, PO Box 116250, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611
  • Fax: 352-392-7303


  • Office: New Engineering Building RM #107A
  • Phone: 352-392-5639
  • Email: cdram.uf@gmail.com
  • Shipping: 134 MAE C MAE Receiving, Gainesville, FL 32611