The interpretation of experiments probing the mechanical properties of materials is often limited by the lack of adequate tools for an operando inspection of the deformation mechanisms. Molecular dynamics simulations offer the possibility to track microstructural changes in great detail, providing atomic-scale insights to the processes taking place. In this talk, I will present selected cases of its use for probing the mechanical behavior of bulk and nanoporous metals, together with potential interactions with experimental techniques. Finally, I will present a brief introduction to the Mechanics of Nanoporous W under irradiation (MeNaWir) project.
Dr. Ruestes is a new Marie Skłodowska–Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellow at IMDEA Materials. Prior to his appointment, he worked for Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) having reached the Associate Researcher level. He also worked at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo School of Sciences. From 2012-2013 he was a visiting scholar at the University of California – San Diego (Marc A. Meyers group). His research has focused on mechanics of materials, using computational materials science strategies. Dr. Ruestes received his B.S. in Aeronautics Engineering from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, and his Ph.D. in Engineering from Instituto Balseiro, Argentina.