Group Head
Consulting Researcher I
Consulting Engineer I

Years of Experience: 8

Education & Licenses:

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering, 2015, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
    • Thesis: Failure Processes in Soft and Quasi-Brittle Materials with Nonhomogeneous Microstructures
  • Master of Science, Civil Engineering, 2011, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
    • Thesis: Cohesive Zone Modeling of Fracture of Sustainable and Functionally Graded Concrete
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2009, University of British Columbia

Areas of Specialization:

  • Fracture of Soft and Quasi-Brittle Materials with Nonhomogeneous Microstructures
  • Computational Mechanics and Simulation of Static and Dynamic Fracture
  • Numerical Analysis Using Implicit and Explicit Finite Element Methods
  • Computational Plasticity Under High Temperatures
  • Composite Materials Under Large Deformation, Including Interphasial Effects
  • Constitutive Modeling of Quasi-Brittle and Particle Reinforced Composites
  • Engineering Design of Steel and Concrete Structures
  • Software Development and Scientific Programming in FORTRAN, C, C++, Python, and Matlab
  • Frontend Software Development using React/Redux, Javascript, HTML, and CSS

Overview:

Dr. Spring joined the Applied Research & Development Team at E2G in 2015 and currently serves as a Consulting Researcher.  As a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his Ph.D. research focused on computational fracture mechanics with an emphasis on the use of cohesive zone models for simulating quasi-static and dynamic crack propagation.  He developed a novel method for addressing a longstanding critique of the cohesive element method—mesh dependency—through the use of adaptive topological operators on polygonal discretizations.  Additionally, he developed a new constitutive relation for crack face unloading that maintains thermodynamic consistency within the cohesive zone, which can be of particular importance when simulating fatigue crack propagation and self-healing behavior.

The second component of Dr. Spring’s research focused on composite materials.  In this field, his contributions include developing a solution for the influence of nanoscale interphases on the macroscale mechanical response of particle reinforced elastomers under large deformations.  Additionally, he developed a computational framework to study the influence of interfacial debonding on the macroscopic softening of particle reinforced polymers.

Publications:

  1. Brown, D. L., Spring, D. W., Panzarella, C. H., Level Three Assessment of Local Thin Areas in Pipelines Using Web-Enabled FEA. ASME 2019 Pressure Vessels and Pipeline Conference, PVP2019-93584, 2019.
  2. Gassama, E., Bifano, M. F. P., Feller, A. J., Spring, D. W., Updating the Master S-N Curve to Account for Run-Out Data: Application to Piping Vibrations. 8th International Conference of Fatigue Design. Procedia Engineering, 2019.
  3. Stenta, A., Gassama, E., Spring, D. W., Panzarella, C., Cochran, J., Osage, D., Standardization of Fatigue Methods for Use in API 579-1/ASME FFS-1. Welding Research Council Bulletin 550, 2019.
  4. Spring, D. W., Paulino, G. H., Achieving pervasive fracture and fragmentation in three-dimensions: an unstructuring-based approach. International Journal of Fracture, Vol. 210, pp. 113-136, 2018.
  5. Giraldo-Londono, O., Spring, D. W., Paulino, G. H., Buttlar, W. G., An efficient mixed-mode rate-dependent cohesive fracture model. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 192, pp. 307-327, 2018.
  6. Osage, D. A., Dong, P., Spring, D. W., Fatigue assessment of welded joints in API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 2016 – Existing methods and new developments. 7th International Conference on Fatigue Design. Procedia Engineering: FD17-082, 2018.
  7. Osage, D. A., Spring, D. W., Anderson, T. L., Kummari, S. R., Preuter, P. E., Wallin, K. R. W., Recommendations for Establishing the Minimum Pressurization temperature (MPT) for Equipment. Welding Research Council Bulletin 562, 2017.
  8. Spring, D. W., Giraldo-Londono, O., Paulino, G. H., A study on the thermodynamic consistency of the Park-Paulino-Roesler (PPR) cohesive fracture model. Mechanics Research Communications, Vol. 78, Part B, pp. 100-109, 2016.
  9. Amirkhanian, A. N., Spring, D. W., Roesler, J. R., Paulino, G. H., Forward and inverse analysis of concrete fracture using the disk-shaped compact tension test. Journal of Testing and Evaluation, Vol. 44, pp. 625-634, 2016.
  10. Spring, D. W., Panzarella, C., Osage, D. A., Revisiting the Bree diagram. ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, Volume 1A: Codes and Standards: V01AT01A033. DOI:10.115/PVP2016-63635, 2016.
  11. Spring, D. W., Gassama, E., Stenta, A., Cochran, J., Panzarella, C., On the applicability of Neuber’s rule for low-cycle fatigue. ASME 2016 Pressure Vessels and Pipeline Conference, Volume 1B: Codes and Standards: V01BT01A062. DOI: 10.115/PVP2016-63665, 2016.
  12. Panzarella, C., Gassama, E., Spring, D. W., Probabilistic financial analysis of cokes drum life cycle management. ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, Volume 1A: Codes and Standards: V01AT01A037. DOI:10.115/PVP2016-63670, 2016.
  13. Gassama, E., Spring, D. W., Stenta, A., Cochran, J., Panzarella, C., A probabilistic approach to the thermo-mechanical analysis of coke drums. ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, Volume 1A: Codes and Standards: V01AT01A038. DOI:10.115/PVP2016-63676, 2016.
  14. Stenta, A., Gassama, E., Spring, D. W., Cochran, J., Panzarella, C., Osage, D. A., Summary and applications of the new fatigue rules in Part 14 of API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 and WRC 550. ASME 2016 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, Volume 1A: Codes and Standards: V01AT01A002. DOI:10.115/PVP2016-63678, 2016.
  15. Hashemi, R., Spring, D. W., Paulino, G. H., On small deformation interfacial debonding in composite materials containing multi-coated particles. Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 49, pp. 3439-3455, 2015.
  16. Spring, D. W., Paulino, G. H., Computational homogenization of the debonding of particle reinforced elastomers: The role of interphases in interfaces. Computational Materials Science, Vol. 109, pp. 209-224, 2015.
  17. Goudarzi, T., Spring, D. W., Paulino, G. H., Lopez-Pamies, O., Filled elastomers: A theory of filler reinforcement based on hydrodynamic and interphasial effects. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol. 80, pp. 37-67, 2015.
  18. Spring, D. W., Leon, S. E., Paulino, G. H., Unstructured polygonal meshes with adaptive refinement for the numerical simulation of dynamic cohesive fracture. International Journal of Fracture, Vol. 189, pp. 33-57, 2014.
  19. Leon, S. E., Spring, D. W., Paulino, G. H., Reduction in mesh bias for dynamic fracture using adaptive splitting of polygonal finite elements. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 100, pp. 555-576, 2014.
  20. Spring, D. W. Paulino, G. H., A growing library of three-dimensional cohesive elements for use in ABAQUS. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 126, pp. 190-216, 2014.
  21. Amirkhanian, A., Spring, D. W., Roesler, J. R., Park, K., Paulino, G. H., Disk-shaped Compact Tension Test for Plain Concrete. Transportation and Development Institute Congress 2011, pp. 688-698, DOI: 10.1061/41167(398)66, 2011.

Conference & Training Presentations:

  1. “On the applicability of Neuber’s rule for low-cycle fatigue” presented by D. W. Spring, E. Gassama, A. Stenta, J. Cochran, and C. Panzarella at the ASME 2016 Pressure Vessels and Pipeline Conference, July 2016, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  2. “Revisiting the Bree diagram” presented by D. W. Spring, C. Panzarella, and D. A. Osage at the ASME 2016 Pressure Vessels and Pipeline Conference, July 2016, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  3. “Probabilistic financial analysis of cokes drum life cycle management” presented by C. Panzarella, E. Gassama, and D. W. Spring at the ASME 2016 Pressure Vessels and Pipeline Conference, July 2016, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  4. “Unstructuring methods for pervasive fragmentation simulations in three-dimensions” presented by D. W. Spring and G. H. Paulino at the 13th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics, July 2015, San Diego, CA.
  5. “Computational homogenization of the debonding of particle reinforced elastomers: Considering interphases” presented by D. W. Spring and G. H. Paulino at the 51st Annual Society of Engineering Science Technical Meeting, October 2014, West Lafayette, IN.
  6. “Using geometrically, topologically and materially unstructured methods to reduce mesh dependency in dynamic cohesive fracture simulations” presented by D. W. Spring, S. E. Leon, and G. H. Paulino at the 17th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, June 2014, East Lansing, MI.
  7. “Geometrically and topologically unstructured polygons for dynamic cohesive fracture” presented by D. W. Spring, S. E. Leon, and G. H. Paulino at the Computational Science and Engineering Annual Meeting, April 2014, Champaign, IL.
  8. “On particle debonding in particle-reinforced elastomers under finite deformations: A cohesive zone approach” presented by D. W. Spring and G. H. Paulino at the Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, August 2013, Chicago, IL.