Robert L. Lowe

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Robert L. Lowe

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


Robert Lowe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Dayton. His research and teaching interests lie within theoretical and computational solid mechanics, with an emphasis on the dynamics of materials and structures at large deformations. Applications of Professor Lowe’s research are diverse, ranging from characterizing emerging classes of soft smart materials, to developing in-house structural dynamics codes underpinned by Eulerian (fixed-grid) shock-capturing schemes, to modeling the mechanics of nanoscale structures. Recently, he designed new experiments to refine the failure model employed in the *MAT_224 material card for 2024 aluminum in LS-DYNA, with application to aerospace-related ballistic impact events.

Selected Publications

  • Lowe, R.L., P.-H. Lin, S.-T.J. Yu, and S.E. Bechtel. 2016. An Eulerian model for nonlinear waves in elastic rods, solved numerically by the CESE method. International Journal of Solids and Structures 94-95: 179-195.
  • Islam, M.Z., M. Mahboob, and R.L. Lowe. 2016. Mechanical properties of defective carbon nanotube/polyethylene nanocomposites: A molecular dynamics simulation study. Polymer Composites 37, no. 1: 305-314.
  • Lowe, R.L. 2015. Finite-deformation modeling of elastodynamics and smart materials with nonlinear electro-magneto-elastic coupling. Ph.D. Thesis, The Ohio State University.
  • Bechtel, S.E., and R.L. Lowe. 2014. Fundamentals of continuum mechanics. San Diego: Elsevier Academic Press.
  • Lowe, R.L., S.-T.J. Yu, L. Yang, and S.E. Bechtel. 2014. Modal and characteristics-based approaches for modeling elastic waves induced by time-dependent boundary conditions. Journal of Sound and Vibration 333, no. 3: 873-886.
  • Santapuri, S., R.L. Lowe, S.E. Bechtel, and M.J. Dapino. 2013. Thermodynamic modeling of fully coupled finite-deformation thermo-electro-magneto-mechanical behavior for multifunctional applications. International Journal of Engineering Science 72: 117-139.
  • Islam, M.Z., M. Mahboob, R.L. Lowe, and S.E. Bechtel. 2013. Characterization of the thermal expansion properties of graphene using molecular dynamics simulations. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 46, no. 43: 435302.
  • Mahboob, M., M.Z. Islam, R.L. Lowe, and S.E. Bechtel. 2013. Molecular dynamics and atomistic finite element simulation studies of the effect of Stone-Wales defects on the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters 5, no. 9: 941-951.
  • Yang, L., R.L. Lowe, S.-T.J. Yu, and S.E. Bechtel. 2010. Numerical solution by the CESE method of a first-order hyperbolic form of the equations of dynamic nonlinear elasticity. ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics 132, no. 5: 051003.
  • Yu, S.-T.J., L. Yang, R.L. Lowe, and S.E. Bechtel. 2010. Numerical simulation of linear and nonlinear waves in hypoelastic solids by the CESE method. Wave Motion 47, no. 3: 168-182.

Courses Taught

  • MEE 312 – Engineering Materials I
  • MEE 312L – Materials Laboratory


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2015
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2005
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio Northern University, 2003

Professional Activities

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Society of Engineering Science (SES)
  • United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Research Interests

  • Eulerian approaches to computational solid mechanics
  • Wave propagation in elastic structures
  • Soft smart materials with electro-magneto-elastic coupling
  • Elasto-plasticity and failure of ductile metals
  • Finite-strain elasticity applied to soft materials
  • Mechanics of nanoscale structures