Chip Cervi

Ph.D. Candidate

Chip began his PhD in 2021 after graduating Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina State University's Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He currently works with Professor Lawrie Virgin in the Nonlinear Dynamics Group. He recently returned from an internship at Lawrence Livermore National Lab's Computational Engineering Group where he worked on the simulations of Directed Energy Deposition 3D printers.

Contact Information

  • Office Location: Hudson 174
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  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University 

Research Interests

Chip is interested in structural dynamics of slender structures and using additive manufacturing capabilities to explore them. His research primarily focuses on buckling of slender structures with the focus now being on cylindrical shells. These structures have theoretical equations to estimate the critical buckling load, but in the real world these structures fail well below this value due to inherent defects in the structure. Recent research has tried to develop nondestructive testing techniques to better analyze and estimate the buckling load compared to the overconservative guidelines currently in use.