Ditho Ardiansyah Pulungan

PhD Student



Research Interests

  • Development of robust computational tools to predict effective mechanical properties, and to simulate failure mechanism of heterogeneous materials under quasi-static and dynamic loadings. The properties of constituent materials, interface properties between each of them and its microstructural randomness are important parameters to take into account to accurately predict the effective material properties
  • A discrete element method (DEM)-based computational tool is particularly studied due to its ability to overcome discontinuity problem encountered in simulating failure behavior of composite laminates such as fiber failure, matrix cracking, fiber-matrix debonding, delamination, and crack branching.
  • Keywords: FEM, DEM, X-FEM, Impact mechanics, Nano-reinforced composites, Fracture mechanics, Plasticity, High speed material testing


  • 2019, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
  • 2012, MSc, Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technoogy (KAIST), South Korea
  • 2010, BEng, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia

Research Interests Keywords

Finite Element Method Coupling Strategies Damage Modeling Nanocomposites