Nikhil Chandra Admal

Nikhil Chandra Admal

Nikhil Chandra Admal

Assistant Professor
(217) 300-9773
2027 Sidney Lu Mech Engr Bldg

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  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota 2014
  • M.S. Mathematics, University of Minnesota 2011
  • M.S. Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota 2010
  • B. Tech., M. Tech. (Dual degree) Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras 2006

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Jan 2019 - Present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Aug 2018 - Jan 2019
  • Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Materials Science and Engineering, University of California Los Angeles, Sep 2014 - Jan 2019

Major Consulting Activities

  • FermiLab, Batavia, Illinois - Design of composite superconducting cable windings of solenoids used to generate magnetic fields in the Mu2e project.

Professional Registrations

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

Resident Instruction

  • ME 470: Fall 2019, Spring 2021, Fall 2022
  • TAM 210/211 Statics: Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022
  • TAM 445 Continuum Mechanics: Spring 2020, Spring 2022
  • TAM 574 Advanced Finite Element Method: Spring 2019, Spring 2021, Spring 2023

Research Statement

My primary research interest is in materials modeling and microstructure engineering of new materials for applications in extreme environments. Currently, the focus of my research is on the engineering of refractory materials (tungsten alloys) for improving the efficiency of thermal power plants, fusion reactor materials, materials with superior toughness and thermal stability for use in the aerospace and automobile industries. The overarching goal of my research is to design new materials by exploring the hierarchical structure-property relationships operating at multiple scales.

The research topics described above bring into focus some of the fundamental open questions in mechanics and metallurgy such as the phenomena of recovery, recrystallization and grain growth which are different stages of microstructure evolution occurring at the atomic scale but which manifest themselves in macroscopic properties. Classical continuum models are often insufficient to predict these complex phenomena due their inherent multiscale nature. On the other hand, atomistic models have the potential to predict such phenomena, but often cannot extend into experimentally measurable spatial and temporal scales. Models at the mesoscale, which enable a continuum description of the microstructure, are ideal to model microstructure evolution as they are computationally tractable. The central theme of my research is to formulate truly predictive thermodynamically-consistent mesoscopic models, with material parameters obtained from atomistic simulations. This requires establishing a rigorous link between the hierarchy of models.

Research Interests

  • Nanomechanics
  • Crystal plasticity
  • Grain Boundary Mechanics
  • Solid Mechanics and Materials

Research Areas

  • Computation and Applied Math
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Solid Mechanics and Materials

Chapters in Books

Selected Articles in Journals


  • Nikhil C. Admal, Parag Thakre, Atanu Phukan, Sriharsha Aradhya. MEMS flow sensor. Number US 7337678 B2. Issued March 2008


  • Junyan He, N. C. Admal. "A study of the beveling instability in solenoid conductors.", A report submitted to FermiLab, 2020

Conferences Organized or Chaired

  • USACM 2022, Workshop organizer, Machine learning and computational materials modeling across scales
  • USACM 2021, Virtual Workshop co-organizer, New Trends and Open Challenges in Computational Mechanics: from Nano to Macroscale
  • MMS 2021, UIUC Coordinator for the Midwest Mechanics Seminar series
  • USNCCM 2021, Symposium co-organizer, Computational methods for modelling stationary and non-stationary interfaces at multiple scales
  • SES 2020, Symposium co-organizer, Grain boundary and Interfacial mechanics
  • SES 2020, Scientific track co-chair, Advances in Nanomechanics
  • MMM 2018 Symposium co-organizer, Crystal plasticity and discrete defect mechanics
  • USNCCM 2015 Symposium co-organizer, Atomistic computation of continuum quantities


  • Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE) Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California Los Angeles (2016)
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (2012-2013)

Teaching Honors

  • Listed in "Teachers ranked as excellent" by the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) for Spring 2019

Improvement Activities

  • AE3 Collins Scholar, 2019

Recent Courses Taught

  • TAM 210 - Introduction to Statics
  • TAM 211 - Statics
  • TAM 445 - Continuum Mechanics
  • TAM 574 (CSE 517) - Adv Finite Element Methods

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