Advances In Uncertainty Quantification And Inverse Problems In Computational Mechanics

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This dissertation is composed of three chapters, each of which addresses a specific topic and has been, or is in the process of being published in a research journal. Though relatively diverse, the topics in each chapter fall broadly under the theme of advancing research in uncertainty quantification and inverse problems within the field of computational mechanics. The first chapter is based on the stochastic reduced order model (SROM) concept for propagating uncertainty in engineering simulations. Here, the algorithm for constructing SROMs of random vectors is modified and significantly enhanced, yielding more accurate models in substantially less computational time. The second chapter focusses on inverse material identification in coupled acoustic-structure interaction (ASI) systems using either solid displacement or fluid pressure measurement data. This work represents the first time the modified error in constitutive equation (MECE) approach for inverse problems has been formulated and applied to elasticity imaging problems in ASI. Finally, the third chapter combines elements of the first two chapters and presents a novel approach to solve inverse problems under uncertainty using SROMs. The method provides a practical and efficient means of incorporating the effects of model and measurement uncertainties in inverse estimates of unknown system parameters. At the beginning of each chapter there is a separate abstract that has been prepared for the respective journal publication that introduces each project in detail.
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Inverse problems; uncertainty quantification; computational mechanics
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Grigoriu, Mircea Dan
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Bindel, David S.
Aquino, Wilkins
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Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Ph. D., Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Doctor of Philosophy
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