The Material Point Method: A Continuum-Based Particle Method for Extreme Loading Cases systematically introduces the theory, code design, and application of the material point method, covering subjects such as the spatial and temporal discretization of MPM, frequently-used strength models and equations of state of materials, contact algorithms in MPM, adaptive MPM, the hybrid/coupled material point finite element method, object-oriented programming of MPM, and the application of MPM in impact, explosion, and metal forming. Recent progresses are also stated in this mograph, including improvement of efficiency, memory storage, coupling/combination with the finite element method, the contact algorithm, and their application to problems.
Xiong Zhang received his Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics from the Dalian University of Technology in 1992. He is now a professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering at Tsinghua University, and the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mechanics and Materials in Design. His selected honors include the New Century Excellent Talents in University (Ministry of Education of China, 2004), the First prize (2008) and Second prize (2009) for Natural Science from the Ministry of Education of China, the ICACM Fellows Award (2011), the Beijing Municipal Famous Teacher Award for Higher Education (2015) and the Qian Lingxi Computational Mechanics Award (Achievement Award, 2016). His current research interests focus on numerical modeling of extreme events, such as hypervelocity impact, blast, bird impact, penetration, perforation and fluid-structure interaction. He has published 3 monographs and 3 textbooks in Chinese. He was included in the list of Elsevier's Most Cited Chinese Researchers in 2015. His research area is in Computation Mechanics with a recent focus on multiscale modeling and simulation of the multiphysical phenomena involved in structural failure subjected to extreme loading conditions. Before joining MU in 1995, he was a professional staff member at New Mexico Engineering Research Institute as well as in the Department for the Waste Isolation Pilot Project/Performance Analysis Code Development at Sandia National Laboratories. Among his honors and awards are the Fellow of ASME, the Fellow of the ICACM, the Yangtze visiting professor and Qianren-Plan visiting professor appointed by the Ministry of Education in China, the Faculty Research Award in the College of Engineering at MU, the Outstanding Youth Award (Oversea) from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and the NSF-CAREER Award. He received his Ph.D. in solid and computational mechanics from the University of New Mexico in 1989. did his postdoctoral research at Northwestern University from 2008 to 2010. He has been a faculty member at Tsinghua University since 2010, and is now an associate professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering.His research interests include multiscale simulation, meshfree particle methods and impact dynamics. He received the Natural Science Award from Chinese Ministry of Education in 2009, Du Qing-Hua Medal & Young Researcher Award of Computational Methods in Engineering in 2012, the ICACM Young Investigator Award in 2013.