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Kapil Khandelwal

Kapil Khandelwal


Phone: 574-631-2655

Office: 160B Fitzpatrick Hall


Ph.D, University of Michigan, 2008

M.S., Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 2001

B.S., Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, 1998


I graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (Formerly University of Roorkee), Roorkee in 1998 with a BS in Civil Engineering. Following year in 1999, I joined MS program at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and worked on semi-active fuzzy logic control of building systems under seismic excitations. After receiving a MS in Structural Engineering in 2001, I worked as an Engineer in the Risk Management Group with RMSI India. At RMSI form 2001 to 2003, I worked on development of stochastic models for assessment of risk due to natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, etc. In fall of 2003, I joined research program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to pursue a Ph.D. in Civil/Structural Engineering. There I conducted research with Dr. Sherif El-Tawil on a variety of topics. After receiving my Ph.D. degree from Michigan in 2008, I joined the faculty of the Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, where I have since been.


  • ASCE 2013 Outstanding Reviewer Award
  • O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship in Structural Engineering (2007) - Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE, Reston, VA.
  • National PERIship Award (2006) - Fellowship in Hazards, Risk, & Disasters Program, Natural Hazard Center - University of Colorado and Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI)
  • NBCC Prize of Excellence (2001)- India Institute of Technology, Delhi

Recent Papers

  • Kiran R. and Khandelwal, K. (2015). "A Coupled Microvoid Elongation and Dilation Based Ductile Fracture Model for Structural Steels." Engineering Fracture Mechanics (Accepted).
  • Alberdi, R., Patrick, M. and Khandelwal, K. (2015). "Connection Topology Optimization of Steel Moment Frames using Metaheuristic Algorithms." Engineering Structures. (DOI).
  • Li, L. and Khandelwal, K. (2015). "Topology Optimization of Structures with Length-scale Effects using Elasticity with Microstructure Theory." Computers & Structures. (DOI).
  • Kiran, R., Li, L. and Khandelwal, K. (2015). "Performance of Cubic Convergent Methods for Implementing Nonlinear Constitutive Models." Computers & Structures. Vol. 156, pg. 83-100. (DOI).
  • Li, L. and Khandelwal, K. (2015). "An Adaptive Quadratic Approximation for Structural and Topology Optimization." Computers & Structures, Vol. 151, pg. 130-147. (DOI).
  • Kiran, R. and Khandelwal, K. (2015), "Automatic Implementation of Finite Strain Anisotropic Hyperelastic Models using Hyper-dual Numbers." Computational Mechanics. Vol. 55, Issue 1, pg. 229-248. (DOI).
  • Li, L. and Khandelwal, K.(2015). "Volume Preserving Projection Filters and Continuation Methods in Topology Optimization." Engineering Structures. Vol 85, pg. 144-161 (DOI).
  • Kiran, R. and Khandelwal, K.(2015), "A Micromechanical Cyclic Void Growth Model for Ultra-low Cycle Fatigue." International Journal of Fatigue. Vol. 70, pg. 24-37. (DOI).
  • Kiran, R. and Khandelwal, K. (2014), "A Triaxiality and Lode Parameter Dependent Ductile Fracture Criterion." Engineering Fracture Mechanics. Vol. 128, pg. 121-138. (DOI).
  • Kiran, R and Khandelwal, K. (2014), "Numerically Approximated Cauchy Integral (NACI) for Implementation of Constitutive Models." Finite Elements in Analysis and Design. (DOI).
  • Kiran, R and Khandelwal, K. (2014), "Complex Step Derivative Approximation for Numerical Evaluation of Tangent Moduli." Computers & Structures. Vol. 140, pg. 1-13. (DOI).
  • Khandelwal, K., El-Tawil. S. (2014). "A Finite Strain Continuum Damage Model for Simulating Ductile Fracture in Steels." Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 116, pg. 172-189. (DOI).
  • Kiran, R and Khandelwal, K. (2014). "Fast-to-compute Weakly Coupled Ductile Fracture Model for Structural Steels." Journal of Structural Engineering. (DOI)
  • Patrick, M. and Khandelwal, K. (2014). "Design-Driven Harmony Search (DDHS) in Steel Frame Optimization." Engineering Structures, Vol. 59, pg 798-808. (DOI).
  • Lei, L. and Khandelwal, K. (2014). "Two-Point Gradient-Based MMA (TGMMA) Algorithm for Topology Optimization." Computers & Structures, Vol. 131, pg 34-45. (DOI)
  • Kiran, R and Khandelwal, K. (2014), "Gurson Model Parameters for Ductile Fracture Simulation in ASTM A992 Steels." Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures, Vol. 37 (2), pg 171-183. (DOI).
  • Alberdi, R., Przywara, J. and Khandelwal, K. (2013). "Performance Evaluation of Sandwich Panel Systems for Blast Mitigation." Engineering Structures, Vol. 56, pg 2119-2130. (DOI).
  • Kiran, R and Khandelwal, K. (2013), "Experimental Studies and Models for Ductile Fracture in ASTM A992 Steels at High Triaxiality." Journal of Structural Engineering, (DOI).
  • Kiran, R and Khandelwal, K. (2013), "A Micromechanical Model for Ductile Fracture Prediction in ASTM A992 Steels." Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 101, pg 102-117. (DOI).
  • Tovar, A. and Khandelwal, K. (2013). "Topology optimization for minimum compliance using a control strategy." Engineering Structures, Vol. 48, pg. 674-682.(DOI).
  • Khandelwal, K. and S. El-Tawil (2011). "Pushdown Resistance as a Measure of Robustness in Progressive Collapse Analysis." Engineering Structures, Vol. 33(9), pg 2653-2661. (DOI).
  • Khandelwal, K., El-Tawil. S., and Sadek, F. (2009). "Progressive Collapse Analysis of Seismically Designed Steel Braced Frames." Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 65, No. 3, pg 699-708.(DOI).
  • Khandelwal, K., S. El-Tawil, et al. (2008). "Macromodel-Based Simulation of Progressive Collapse: Steel Frame Structures." Journal of Structural Engineering 134(7): pg 1070-1078. (DOI).
  • Khandelwal, K. and S. El-Tawil (2007). "Collapse Behavior of Steel Special Moment Resisting Frame Connections." Journal of Structural Engineering 133(5): 646-655. (DOI).
  • Chao, S.-H., K. Khandelwal, et al. (2006). "Ductile Web Fracture Initiation in Steel Shear Links." Journal of Structural Engineering 132(8): 1192-1200.(DOI).

    Summary of Activities/Interests

    Professor Khandelwal is interested in how infrastructural systems (e.g., buildings, bridges) behave under extreme loading conditions. These conditions may be man-made or generated by natural hazards, such as seismic excitation, impact and blast. He is currently investigating how to utilize new materials and technologies together with multi-scale structural optimization methods to create innovative structural systems that mitigate effects of extreme loading. Much of his research is focused on the computational and theoretical aspects of structural engineering, with particular emphasis on multiscale computational simulations including finite element methods, structural optimization, constitutive modeling, damage-plasticity formulations, nonlinear solution strategies and advanced visualization techniques.