Faculty Profile

Kai James

Aerospace Engineering
Kai James
Kai James
Assistant Professor
319G Talbot Laboratory MC 236
104 S. Wright
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-3270

Primary Research Area

  • Aeroelasticity

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, Aerospace Engineering, 2007-2012
  • M.A.Sc., University of Toronto, Aerospace Engineering, 2004-2006
  • B.A.Sc., University of Toronto, Engineering Science, 2000-2004

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015 - present
  • Affiliated Faculty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Computational Science and Engineering, 2016 - present
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University, 2012 - 2015

For more information

Resident Instruction

  • AE 420 - Introduction to Finite Element Analysis; Fall, 2016; Fall, 2017
  • AE 598 - Nonlinear Solid Mech Design; Spring, 2016
  • AE 321 - Mechanics of Aerospace Structures; Fall, 2015; Spring, 2017

Research Interests

  • Multidisciplinary design optimization
  • Topology optimizaion
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Computational solid mechanics
  • Nonlinear mechanics
  • Additive Manufacturing

Selected Articles in Journals

  • K.A. James and J.R.R.A. Martins. An isoparametric approach to level set topology optimization using a body-fitted finite element mesh. Computers and Structures, 90￿91:97￿106, 2012.
  • E. Lee, K.A. James, and J.R.R.A. Martins. Stress-constrained topology optimization with design-dependent loading. Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 46:647￿661, 2012.
  • K.A. James, E. Lee, and J.R.R.A. Martins. Stress-based topology optimization using an isoparametric level set method. Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, 58:20￿30, 2012.
  • K.A. James and H. Waisman. Failure mitigation in optimal topology design using a coupled nonlinear continuum damage model. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 268:614￿631, 2014.
  • K.A. James, G.J. Kennedy, and J.R.R.A. Martins. Concurrent aerostructural topology optimization of a wing box. Computers and Structures, 134:1￿17, 2014.
  • K.A. James and H. Waisman. Topology optimization of structures under variable loading using a damage superposition approach. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. 101(5):375-406, 2015.
  • K.A. James and H. Waisman. Topology optimization of viscoelastic structures using a time-dependent adjoint method. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. 281:166-187, 2015.
  • K.A. James and H. Waisman. Layout design of a bi-stable cardiovascular stent using topology optimization. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. 305:169-890, 2016.
  • K.A. James and H. Waisman. On the Importance of Viscoelastic Response Consideration in Structural Design Optimization. Optimization and Engineering. 17(4):631￿650, 2016.
  • C. Conlan-Smith, A. Bhattacharyya, and K.A. James. "Optimal Design of Compliant Mechanisms Using Functionally Graded Materials", Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Accepted June, 2017

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Z. Kang and K.A. James, Multimaterial Topology Design for Optimal Stiffness and Thermal Conductivity Response, In Proceedings of 14th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics, Montreal, QC, Canada, July 2017.
  • A. Bhattacharyya, C. Conlan-Smith and K.A. James. Topology Optimization of a Bi-Stable Airfoil Using Nonlinear Elasticity. In Proceedings of the 2017 American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics - Aviation Conference, Denver, CO, June 2017.
  • K.A. James, C. Conlan-Smith and H. Waisman. Topology Optimization of a Bi-Stable Cardiovascular Stent with Snap-Through Response. In Proceedings of the 2016 American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics - Aviation Conference, Washington, DC, June 2016.
  • C. Conlan-Smith and K. James. Implementation of Functionally Graded Materials in Compliant Mechanism Design using Topology Optimization. In Proceedings of the 2016 Engineering Mechanics Institute and Probabilistic Mechanics Conference, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, May 2016.
  • K.A. James, C. Conlan-Smith and A. Bhattacharyya. Simultaneous Topology and Material Design Optimization of Functionally Graded Structures. In Proceedings of the 2016 Engineering Mechanics Institute and Probabilistic Mechanics Conference, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, May 2016.
  • A. Bhattacharyya and K. James. Design of a bi-stable airfoil using topology optimization. In Proceedings of the 2016 Engineering Mechanics Institute and Probabilistic Mechanics Conference, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, May 2016.
  • K.A. James and H. Waisman. Topology Optimization of a Bi-Stable Cardiovascular Stent. In Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, October 2015.
  • K.A. James and H. Waisman. Topology Optimization of Structures with Viscoelastic Creep Constraints. In Proceedings of 13th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics, San Diego, CA, July 2015.
  • K.A. James and H. Waisman. Topology design of structures for resiliency and optimal lifetime performance. In Proceedings of the 2014 Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, Hamilton, ON, August 2014.
  • K.A. James and H. Waisman. Topology optimization of structures with continuum damage accumulation and material failure. In Proceedings of the 12th U.S. National Congress for Computational Mechanics, Raleigh, NC, July 2013.
  • K.A. James and J.R.R.A. Martins. Level set topology optimization of structures with isoparametric mesh mapping. In Proceedings of the 9th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Shizuoka, Japan, June 2011.
  • K.A. James, G.J. Kennedy, and J.R.R.A. Martins. Aerostructural topology optimization of an aircraft wingbox. In Proceedings of the 58th Aeronautics Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, Montreal, QC, April 2011.
  • K.A. James and J.R.R.A. Martins. Topology optimization using a level set method with an arbitrary structured mesh. In Proceedings of the 6th AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Specialist Conference, Orlando, Fl, April 2010.
  • K.A. James, J.R.R.A. Martins, and J.S. Hansen. Three-dimensional structural topology optimization of an aircraft wing using level set methods. In Proceedings of the 12th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, Victoria, BC, September 2008.
  • K.A. James, J.R.R.A. Martins, and J.S. Hansen. Structural topology optimization for multiple load cases while avoiding local minima. In Proceedings of the 4th AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Specialist Conference, Schaumberg, IL, April 2008.

Teaching Honors

  • UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (Spring, 2017)
  • AIAA Teacher of the Year Award (April, 2017)

Research Honors

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (2009)

Other Honors

  • Keynote Speaker, 14th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics (April, 2017)
  • Invited Lecturer, University of Michigan, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Graduate Seminar Series (Fall, 2017)