Nicoli Ames
Nicoli M. Ames, Ph.D., P.E.
Managing Engineer
Mechanical Engineering
  • Denver

Dr. Ames is a mechanical engineer and specializes in solving complex problems related to mechanics and structural analysis. Her consultations to industries have included oil and gas, aerospace, energy generation, rail, consumer electronics, household products, and medical devices. She assists clients with problems in both failure analysis and product design, including the application of relevant design codes (ASME BPVC, API, etc.) for pressure vessels and bolted connections.

Dr. Ames is an expert in nonlinear finite element analysis (FEA) and material modeling. She has tested and modeled a diverse array of materials, including plastics, rubbers, foams, textiles, composite structures, solders, cements, geological materials, biological tissues, and metals. Applications have accounted for dynamic, thermal, creep and viscoelastic behaviors or loads. She also conducts analyses that account for ductile failure and fatigue. Dr. Ames routinely customizes the Abaqus finite element software. She has written user material subroutines (UMAT / VUMAT) for a variety of materials, as well as user elements (UEL) that have incorporated mechanical, thermal, and porous behavior. In addition, she has developed Python graphical user interfaces to automate workflow in the Abaqus CAE software.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Ames was a staff member at Sandia National Laboratories in the Multi-Physics Modeling and Simulation department. Prior to Sandia, she conducted her doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, focusing on experiments and simulations of polymer molding processes.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2007
  • S.M., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2003
  • S.B., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2000
  • William L Stewart Jr. Award for Outstanding Contributions to Extracurricular Activities, 2006

    Mechanical Engineering Department Service Award, 2006

    Meredith Kamm Memorial Award for Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student, 2003

    MIT Rosenblith Fellowship, 2000–2001

    Luis de Florez Award for Outstanding Creativity, Ingenuity, and Originality in the Design and Construction of an Undergraduate Thesis, 2000

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #M35403

Licensed Professional Engineer, Colorado, #PE.0049355

Publications

Huet R, Martorano S, Ames N, Currens E. Delayed fracture of glass bulbs used in fire sprinklers. Fire Technology 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10694-016-0584-4

Srivastava V, Chester SA, Ames NM, Anand L. A thermo-mechanically coupled theory for amorphous polymers in a temperature range which spans their glass transition. International Journal of Plasticity 2010; 26(8):1138–1182. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijplas.2010.01.004

Segalman DJ, Gregory DL, Starr MJ, Resor BR, Jew MD, Lauffer JP, Ames NM. Handbook on Dynamics of Jointed Structures. Sandia Report SAND2009-4164, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque NM, July 2009. http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/1028891

Anand L, Ames NM, Srivastava V, Chester SA. A thermo-mechanically coupled theory for large deformations of amorphous polymers. Part I: Formulation. International Journal of Plasticity 2009; 25(8):1474–1494. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijplas.2008.11.004

Ames NM, Srivastava V, Chester SA, Anand L. A thermo-mechanically coupled theory for large deformations of amorphous polymers. Part II: Applications. International Journal of Plasticity 2009; 25(8):1495–1539. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijplas.2008.11.005

Anand L, Ames NM. On modeling the micro-indentation response of an amorphous polymer. International Journal of Plasticity 2006; 22(6):1123–1170. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijplas.2005.07.006

Presentations

Ames NM, Sire RA, Caligiuri RD. Validation of computer simulations used in failure analysis investigations. Proceedings, ASME Verification and Validation Symposium, May 2012.

Ames NM, Anand L. Modeling and simulation of the hot-embossing process on amorphous polymers. Proceedings, 6th International Conference on Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials, April 2008.

Ames NM, Srivastava V, Lele SP, Anand L. Modeling and simulation of the hot-embossing process for manufacture of microfluidic devices from amorphous polymers. Proceedings, 1st International Conference on Micromanufacturing, September 2006.

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (member)

ASM International (member)

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International Journal of Plasticity

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2007
  • S.M., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2003
  • S.B., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2000
  • William L Stewart Jr. Award for Outstanding Contributions to Extracurricular Activities, 2006

    Mechanical Engineering Department Service Award, 2006

    Meredith Kamm Memorial Award for Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student, 2003

    MIT Rosenblith Fellowship, 2000–2001

    Luis de Florez Award for Outstanding Creativity, Ingenuity, and Originality in the Design and Construction of an Undergraduate Thesis, 2000

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #M35403

Licensed Professional Engineer, Colorado, #PE.0049355