Vitaly Kuzkin

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Vitaly A. Kuzkin

Vice-director of Higher School Theoretical Mechanics
Institute of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (former Faculty of Physics and Mechanics)
Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU).
Senior researcher
Laboratory for Discrete Models in Mechanics (DMML)
Institute for Problems in Mechanical Engineering Russian Academy of Sciences (IPME RAS).


Bachelor thesis: Equations of state for perfect crystals. Scientific advisor: prof. А.М. Krivtsov

Master thesis: Thermomechanical effects in perfect crystals. Scientific advisor: prof. А.М. Krivtsov

PhD thesis : Derivation of equivalent thermomechanical characteristics for perfect crystals. Scientific advisor: prof. А.М. Krivtsov


Professional appointments[edit]

Participation in projects[edit]

Research areas/interests[edit]

  • Mechanics of Discrete Media
  • Computational Mechanics of Discrete Media : Molecular Dynamics, Discrete Element Method
  • Smoothed Particles Hydrodynamics / Smoothed Particles Applied Mechanics
  • Computational geomechanics (hydraulic fracturing, proppant transport)
  • Rheology of suspensions
  • Thermal effects: equations of state, heat conductivity, negative thermal expansion
  • Equivalent thermomechanical characteristics for discrete systems (stress tensor, heat flux)
  • Potentials for interaction between rigid bodies: potential for graphene
  • DEM simulation of discrete/granullar rods, shells, and bulk solids ( V-model for bonds in solids)
  • Simulation of carbon nanostructures
  • mechanics of active sports, inertial navigation, Fuzzy logic
  • ...

Publications and patents[edit]

Journal reviewer[edit]

Profile at Publons Publons

  • IOP Outstanding Reviewer Award 2018 (a complete list of reviewers is here)
  • IOP Outstanding Reviewer Award 2019 (a complete list of reviewers is here)


  • Particle Dynamics (lectures)
  • Theoretical Mechanics (practice)
  • Rigid Body Dynamics (practice)


  • CAD/CAE, DEM Software: Solid Works, ANSYS, LS-DYNA, EDEM
  • Math Software: Maple, MathCad, MATLAB
  • PC languages: Pascal, C++

Some awards[edit]

  • Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences for Young Scientists, 2020
  • Zh.I. Alferov stipend for young scientists in physics and nanotechnology, 2020
  • IOP Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2019
  • IOP Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2018
  • British Petroleum research grant for young scientists, 2012
  • Young Scientist Award on IUTAM Symposium on "Vibration Analysis of Structures with Uncertainties", 2009
  • Award for the Best Presentation on the first conference of OAO "KBSM", 2009
  • Award of "Dynasty" foundation for Young Physicists, 2009
  • Award for Best Young Scientist of Polytechnical university, 2008
  • Award for Best Presentation on All-Russia young researchers School-Conference "Mathematical Modelling in natural sciences", Perm, Russia, 2007
  • Award for Scientific Progress on "XXXV Science week" in SPbSTU, 2006
  • Awards in 1-st(university), 2-nd(regional), 3-rd(All-Russia) tours of Olimpiad on Strength of Materials, 2005


  • 5th International Conference Auxetics and other materials and models with "negative" characteristics, Poznan, Poland, 2014
  • Recent Advances in Numerical Simulation of Hydraulic Fracture, Rzeszow, Poland, 14-16 July 2014.
  • Advances in Micromechanics of Materials, Rzeszów, Poland, 8-11 July 2014.
  • Advanced Problems in Mechanics, St.Petersburg, Repino, June 30-July 6, 2014.
  • Advanced Problems in Mechanics, St.Petersburg, Repino, 2013.
  • Advanced Problems in Mechanics, St.Petersburg, Repino, 2012.
  • Advanced Problems in Mechanics, St.Petersburg, Repino, 2011.
  • Advanced Problems in Mechanics, St.Petersburg, Repino, 2010.
  • Joint US-Russia Conference "Advances in Material Science", Prague, Chzech Republic, 2009.
  • Workshop on Advanced Computer Simulation Methods for Junior Scientists, St.Petersburg, 27-29 April, 2009.
  • IUTAM Simposium on Vibration of structures with uncertainities, Saint Petersburg, 2009
  • Workshop on Molecular Dynamics, Warwick, UK, 2009
  • The Sixth International conference on Engineering Computational Technology, Greece, Athens, 2008

The best quotes about Science[edit]

  • Physics is like making love: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it. (c) Richard P. Feynman
  • The Scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living. (c) Henri Poincare.
  • The science is no fun, if you are never wrong! (c) Thomas Gold
  • The science is said to be useful if its development tends to accentuate the existing inequalities in distribution of wealth, or more directly promotes the destruction of human life (с) G.H. Hardy (see also G. H. Hardy A Mathematician's Apology. Cambridge: University Press. pp. 153, 2004)
  • No pain <=> No gain


  • My source of inspiration (see photo)
  • Sport
  • Traveling


E-mail: kuzkinva[math]@[/math], kuzkin[math]@[/math]

Skype: vitaly.kuzkin, vitaly.kuzkin1 kuzkinva

Mail: Institute for Problems in Mechanical Engineering RAS, 199178, Russia, St. Petersburg, Bolshoy pr. V.O., 61