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Fahrenthold, Eric P.

Professor
Temple Foundation Endowed Faculty Fellow
Mechanical Engineering
University of Texas at Austin
Phone: 
(512) 471-3064
Fax: 
(512) 471-8727

Research Interests: 

Multiphysics Simulation Methods, Orbital Debris Impact on Spacecraft

Education: 
  • B.S., United States Military Academy, 1974
  • M.S., Rice University, Mechanical Engineering, 1981
  • Ph.D., Rice University, Mechanical Engineering, 1984
Background: 

Professor Fahrenthold has extensive experience in the theoretical development, numerical implementation, and experimental validation of multiphysics simulation methods, in basic research efforts supported by NASA, DTRA, ONR, NSF, and other sponsors. He has developed and applied new thermodynamically consistent, energy based modeling methods at various scales, employing Hamiltonian methods in Eulerian, Lagrangian, and ALE frames. He has developed, implemented in parallel, and validated against experiment a novel numerical method for the simulation of orbital debris impact effects on spacecraft, including orbital debris shielding.

Selected Publications: 
  • Shivarama, R. and Fahrenthold, E.P., "An Ellipsoidal Particle-Finite Element Method for Hypervelocity Impact Simulation," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 59, 2004, pp. 737-753
  • Park, Y.-K., and Fahrenthold, E.P., "A kernel free particle-finite element method for hypervelocity impact simulation," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 63, 2005, pp. 737-759.
  • Fahrenthold, E.P., and Park, Y.-K., "Simulation of foam impact effects on the Space Shuttle thermal protection system," AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 42, 2005, pp. 201-207.
  • Horban, B.A., and Fahrenthold, E.P., “Hamilton’s Equations for Impact Simulations with Perforation and Fragmentation,” ASME Journal Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, Vol. 127, 2005, pp. 617-622.
  • Park, Y.-K., and Fahrenthold, E.P., “Simulation of hypervelocity impact effects on reinforced carbon-carbon,” AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 43, 2006, pp. 200-206.
  • Fahrenthold, E.P., and Hean, C.R., “Discrete Lagrange Equations for Thermofluid Systems,” ASME Journal Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, Vol. 130, 2008, pp. 011009-1 through 011009-7.
  • Rabb, R.J., and Fahrenthold, E.P., “Impact dynamics simulation for multilayer fabrics,” International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 83, 2010, pp. 537-557.
  • Rabb, R.J., and Fahrenthold, E.P., “Evaluation of Shear Thickening Fluid Kevlar for Large Fragment Containment Applications,” AIAA Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 48, 2011, No. 1, pp. 230-234.
  • Rabb, R.J., and Fahrenthold, E.P., “Simulation of Large Fragment Impacts on Shear Thickening Fluid Kevlar Fabric Barriers,” AIAA Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 48, 2011, No. 6, pp. 2059-2067.
  • Son, K.J., and Fahrenthold, E.P., “Evaluation of magnetorheological fluid augmented fabric as a fragment barrier material,” Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 21, 2012, No. 7, 075012, pp. 1-9.
  • Son, K.J., and Fahrenthold, E.P., “Evaluation of magnetostrictive composite coated fabric as a fragment barrier material,” Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 21, 2012, No. 10, 105027, pp. 1-13.
  • Shimek, M.E., and Fahrenthold, E.P., “Effects of Weave Type on the Ballistic Performance of Fabrics,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 50, 2012, No. 11, pp. 2558-2565.
  • Hernandez, R.J., and Fahrenthold, E.P., “Hybrid particle-element method for an unstructured hexahedral mesh,” International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 94, 2013, pp. 1191-1215.
  • Kwon Joong Son and Eric Fahrenthold, “Simulation of Orbital Debris Impact on Porous Ceramic Tiles,” AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, in press.
  • Eric Fahrenthold, “Computational Design of Orbital Debris Shielding,” presented at the 2014 AIAA Space Conference, San Diego, CA, August 4-7, 2014.