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Antonios Kontsos, PhD

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Drexel University College of Engineering

Office: Alumni Engineering Labs 172A
Phone: 215.895.2297
Website: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Group (TAMG)


My primary research interest is in theoretical and applied mechanics with emphasis on the under-standing of the mechanical behavior of materials. To achieve this goal, I rely on defining micro-structure-properties-behavior relations using multiscale mechanics methods that involve theory, ex-periments and simulations. A fundamental goal of this type of research is the identification of dam-age and in particular the quantification of evolving material states as a function of applied loading, which can then be used for prognosis and remaining useful life estimations. In this context, I have been using nondestructive testing and evaluation methods in fatigue and fracture investigations across length and time scales in conjunction with signal processing and pattern recognition ap-proaches that could assist in both fundamental investigations of the mechanical behavior of struc-tural materials as well as in structural health monitoring applications. Such information is further used in investigations of both static and dynamic effects with emphasis on localization and nonlin-earity. In relation to these research efforts, I am teaching topics of solid mechanics in addition to computational methods in engineering.


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Rice University, 2007 
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Rice University, 2005 
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras (Greece), 2002

Research Interests

Theoretical, experimental, and computational mechanics; nondestructive testing; material multiscale modeling, fatigue, and fracture.


Select Publications

 B. Wisner, E. Tekerek, J. Cannarella, and A. Kontsos*, “Effect of Particle Reinforcement on the Progressive Failure of Alumina Trihydrate filled Poly(Methyl Methacrylate)” 2019 (submitted)
 M. Mathew, B. Wisner, S. Ridwan, M. McCarthy, I. Bartoli and A. Kontsos*, "A Bio-inspired Frequency-based Approach for Tailorable and Scalable Speckle Pattern Generation", Experimental Mechanics 2019 (submitted)

• P. Wadekar, V. Perumal, G. Dion, A. Kontsos and D. Breen*, “An Optimized Yarn-level Geometric Model for FEA Simulations of Weft-Knitted Fabrics”, Computer Aided Geometric Design 2019 (submitted)

 B.J. Wisner, K. Mazur and A. Kontsos*, “The use of Nondestructive Evaluation Methods in Fatigue: A Review”, Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials 2019 (
 E. Tekerek, D. Liu, B.J. Wisner, M. Matthew, N. Castaneda, M. Oncull and A. Kontsos*, “Experimental Investigation of the Multiscale Mechanical Behavior of Knitted Textiles”, Material Design and Processing Communication 2019 (

 B.J. Wisner, P. Potstada, V. Perumal, K. Baxevanakis, M. Sause and A. Kontsos*, “Progressive Failure Monitoring and Analysis in Aluminum by In Situ Nondestructive Evaluation”, Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials 2019, Vol. 42(9), pp. 2133-2145 
 D. Liu, S. Koric and A. Kontsos*, “A Multiscale Homogenization Approach for Architectured Knitted Textiles”, ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics 2019, Vol. 86(11), pp. 111006 
 R. Carmi, B J. Wisner, P.A. Vanniamparambil, J. Cuadra, A. Bussiba and A. Kontsos*, “Progressive Failure Monitoring of Fiber Reinforced Metal Laminate Composites using a Nondestructive Approach, ASME Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, Diagnostics and Prognostics of Engineering Systems 2019, Vol. 2, pp. 021006-1 
 Y. Li, A. Kontsos and I. Bartoli, “Automated Rust Detection of a Steel Bridge Using Aerial Multispectral Imagery, Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Vol. 25(2), pp. 04019014

 D. Liu, S. Koric and A. Kontsos*, “Parallelized Finite Element Analysis of Knitted Textile Mechanical Behavior”, ASME Journal of Engineering Materials & Technology 2019, Vol. 141, pp. 021008
 S. Esola, B. Wisner, P.A. Vanniamparambil, J. Geriguis and A. Kontsos*, “Part Qualification Methodology for Composite Aircraft Components using Acoustic Emission Monitoring”, Applied Sciences 2018, Vol. 8(9), pp. 1490 
 A. Ellenberg, A. Kontsos, I, Bartoli, “On the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Nondestructive Evaluation of Civil Infrastructure”, Materials Evaluation 2018, Vol. 76(5), pp. 629-642 
 B.J. Wisner, K. Mazur, V. Perumal, K. Baxevanakis, L. An, G. Feng and A. Kontsos*, “Acoustic Emission Signal Processing Framework to Identify Fracture in Aluminum Alloys”, Engineering Fracture Mechanics 2018, Vol. 210, pp. 367-380

 A. Spear, S. R. Kalidindi, B. Meredig, A. Kontsos, J.-B. le Greverend, “Data-Driven Materials Investigations: The Next Frontier in Understanding and Predicting Fatigue Behavior”, JOM 2018, Vol. 70(7), pp. 1143-1146

 B.J. Wisner, K. Mazur and A. Kontsos*, “Fatigue Damage Assessment Leveraging Nondestructive Evaluation Data”, JOM 2018, Vol. 70(7), pp. 1182-1189
 K.P. Baxevanakis, B. Wisner, S. Schlenker, H. Baid and A. Kontsos*, “Data-driven Damage Model Based on Nondestructive Evaluation”, ASME Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, Diagnostics and Prognostics of Engineering Systems 2018, Vol.1(3), pp. 031007-031007-12
 C. Mo, and A. Kontsos*, “Twinning Contributions to Strain Localizations in Magnesium Alloys”, Materials Science and Engineering A 2018, Vol. 722, pp. 206-215 
 M. Matthew, Α. Ellenberg, S. Esola, M. McCarthy, I. Bartoli and A. Kontsos*, "Multiscale Deformation Measurements using Multispectral Optical Metrology", Structural Control and Health Monitoring 2018, Vol. 25; pp. e2166 
 B.J. Wisner and A. Kontsos*, “Investigation of Particle Fracture during Fatigue of Aluminum 2024”, International Journal of Fatigue 2018 , Vol. 111, pp. 33-43 
 D. Liu, B. Shakibajahromi, D. E. Breen, G. Dion and A. Kontsos*, “A Computational Approach to Model Interfacial Effects on the Mechanical Behavior of Knitted Textiles”, ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics 2018, Vol. 85(4), pp. 041007
 K.P. Baxevanakis, C. Mo, M. Cabal and A. Kontsos*, “An Integrated Method to Model Strain Localization Bands in Magnesium Alloys”, Computational Mechanics Journal 2018, Vol. 61(1), pp. 119-135 
 S. Esola, I. Bartoli, S.E. Horner, J.Q. Zheng and A. Kontsos*, “Defect detection via instrumented impact in thick-sectioned laminate composites”, Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation 2017, Vol. 36, Article 47 
 D. Liu, D. Christe, B. Shakibajahromi, C. Knittel, N. Castaneda, D. E. Breen, G. Dion and A. Kontsos*, “On the Role of Material Architecture in the Mechanical Behavior of Knitted Textiles”, International Journal of Solids and Structures 2017, Vol. 109, pp. 
 N. Castaneda, B.J. Wisner, J.A. Cuadra, S. Amini and A. Kontsos*, “Investigation of the Z-binder Role in Progressive Damage of 3D Woven Composites”, Composites Part A 2017, Vol. 98, pp. 76-89101-11 
 C. Mo, B. Wisner, M. Cabal, K. Hazeli, K.T. Ramesh, H. El Kadiri, T. Al-Samman, K.D. Molodov, D. A. Molodov and A. Kontsos*, “Acoustic Emission of Deformation Twinning in Magnesium”, Materials 2016, Vol. 9, 662 
 J. A. Cuadra, K. P. Baxevanakis, M. Mazzotti I. Bartoli and A. Kontsos*, "Energy Dissipation via Acoustic Emission in Ductile Crack Initiation", International Journal of Fracture 2016, Vol. 199(1), pp. 89-104