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Amer's research interests are in understanding micromechanics of deformation and damage in complex materials to understand their macroscopic behaviour. For materials, other than metals- or anything that can be easily described as composed of a "continous" or "homogenous" medium, the application of continuum mechanics leads - different- results. However, the challenge in understanding micromechanics is two fold- firstly the availability of high quality experimental data that clearly informs microscopic phenomena along with the underlying physics and secondly a robust numerical model/modelling scheme informed and calibrated using the experimental data.

Amer's research intends to address the first challenge. In the past, he has developed experimental technique to acquire 3D (can be charitably described as 4D as well) images of geomaterials under the application of triaxial stress.  His current focus is on understanding of micromechanics of damage and deformation of composite materials and he has been developing experimental techniques to achieve that.

Education/Academic qualification

Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Computational and Systems Medicine, Imperial College London

Award Date: 1 Apr 2011

Engineering, Master in Science, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Award Date: 31 Jul 2005


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Micro mechanics
  • fracture mechanics
  • X ray imaging
  • neutron imaging


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