Christoph Beckermann

University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

(319) 335-5681
2402 Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences
Joined the College of Engineering: 
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1987.
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1984.
Vordiplom, Mechanical Engineering, University of Hannover, 1981.
Special Fields of Knowledge: 
Thermal and fluid sciences; metallurgy.
Present Research Interests: 
Solidification of metal alloys and composites; transport phenomena in multi-phase, multi-component systems; heat and mass transfer in buoyancy driven systems and in porous media.
Selected Publications: 
  • Beckermann, C., and Wang, C.Y., Multi-Phase/-Scale Modeling of Transport Phenomena in Alloy Solidification, Annual Review of Heat Transfer VI, ed. C.L. Tien, Begell House, New York, NY, Vol. 6, 1995, pp. 115-198.
  • Schneider, M.C., Gu, J.P., Beckermann, C., Boettinger, W.J., and Kattner, U.R., Modeling of Micro- and Macrosegregation and Freckle Formation in Single-Crystal Nickel-Base Superalloy Directional Solidification, Met. and Mat. Transactions A, Vol. 28A, 1997, pp. 1517-1531.
  • Li, Q., and Beckermann, C., Scaling Behavior of Three-Dimensional Dendrites, Physical Review E, Vol. 57, 1998, pp. 3176-3188.
  • Beckermann, C., Modeling of Macrosegregation: Applications and Future Needs, Int. Materials Reviews, Vol. 47, 2002, pp. 243-261.
  • Boettinger, W.J., Warren, J.A., Beckermann, C., and Karma, A., Phase-Field Simulation of Solidification, Annual Review of Materials Research, Vol. 32, 2002, pp. 163-194.
  • Asta, M., Beckermann, C., Karma, A., Kurz, W., Napolitano, R., Plapp, M., Purdy, G., Rappaz, M., and Trivedi, R., "Solidification Microstructures and Solid-State Parallels: Recent Developments, Future Directions," Acta Materialia, Vol. 57, 2009, pp. 941-971.
  • Pokorny, M.G., Monroe, C.A., Beckermann, C., Zhen, Z., and Hort, N., "Simulation of Stresses During Casting of Binary Magnesium-Aluminum Alloys," Metall. Mater. Trans. A, Vol. 41A, 2010, pp. 3196-3207.
  • Delaleau, P., Beckermann, C., Mathiesen, R.H., and Arnberg, L., "Mesoscopic Simulation of Dendritic Growth Observed in X-ray Video Microscopy During Directional Solidification of Al-Cu Alloys, "ISIJ International, Vol. 50, 2010, pp. 1886-1894.
Active Scientific and Professional Society Memberships: 
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; American Society of Engineering Education; The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society; ASM International; American Society of Mechanical Engineering.