Nadler, Ben

Assistant Professor

Contact

Phone number: (250) 721-6050
Email: bnadler@uvic.ca
Department: Mechanical Engineering

Research description:

- Soft materials and structures, thin films, and the theory of evolving material with applications in biomechanics and impact mechanics
- Mechanics of high-strength fabric materials
- The application of mathematics to engineering
Expertise Profile
For centuries humans have tried to come up with different theories to describe our world and the processes that control it.

Dr. Ben Nadler uses the theory of continuum mechanics.

Continuum mechanics considers objects and materials as continuous, preferring to focus on the material itself instead of drilling down to look at the individual molecules and atoms that make it up.

Whereas many engineers focus on applications, Dr. Nadler prefers to take a mathematical approach to engineering first. He brings this rigorous, logic-based way of thinking to both his teaching and his research.

Since the advent of computers, continuum mechanics has flourished. Dr. Nadler hopes that mathematical models on a computer will soon inform and complement physical experiments across disciplines.

One of Dr. Nadler's research projects looks at high performance fabrics used for ballistic shields, like bullet-proof vests. He has derived a mathematical model that describes how this very complex material moves and reacts at the microscale level.

That mathematical model is now being used in practice by a research group that aims to manufacture ballistic shields.

Dr. Nadler has published various articles and volumes on topics including soft materials and structures, thin films, and the theory of evolving material with applications in biomechanics and impact mechanics.


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