Sergey Abaimov

Assistant Professor, PhD, University of California, Davis
Center for Design, Manufacturing and Materials

Fundamental and applied research in the area of theoretical, computational, and experimental micro- and nano-mechanics


M.S. with honor (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology)

PhD (University of California, Davis)

C.Ph.-M.S. (RAS)

Fundamental and applied research in the area of theoretical, computational, and experimental micro- and nano-mechanics

1. MIT-Skoltech Next Generation grant 2020-2023: Multifunctional Fusion: Life-cycle enhancements via data-driven nanoengineering of advanced composite structures (PIs: MIT B.L. Wardle, Sk S.G. Abaimov)

  • Advanced CNT nanostructures in CVD reactor (PhD A. Shiverskii, Eng. K. Yusupov)
  • Microscopy studies of nanostructures (AI application for geometry recognition and Digital Twin population)
  • 3rd generation of CNT nanocomposite Digital Twin (PhD N. Gudkov)
  • Out-of-Autoclave and Out-of-Oven manufacturing
  • Structural Health Monitoring in service
  • Self-diagnostic and multi-physics sensor (machine learning for signal recognition)
  • Experimental verification of multi-functionalities

2. Experimental and virtual international benchmarks on composite preform permeability

3. Digital Twins of materials

4. Flame retardancy of polymer composites (PhD H. Butt, N. Gudkov)

  • Г0.5
  • Structural performance after 15/30/45 min in flame
  • Intumescent compositions, gas phase radical quenching compositions
  • Flame retardant polymer nanocomposites

5. Experimental nanocomposites

6. Theoretical and numerical micromechanical studies

7. High- and gigacycle fatigue

  • Scaling of fatigue fracture surfaces (MS A. Kukharskii)

 Other areas covered by the research include:

  • Multiscale modeling and simulation
  • Wetting phenomena
  • Micro- and nano-mechanics of multifunctional materials, including metals, ceramics, and composites
  • Characterization of the influence of pores on strength of fiber reinforced composites
  • Micro- and nanoscale experimental studies of correlations among physical-mechanical properties of materials
  • Correlations between mechanical properties and thermal and electrical conductivities of materials including polymer composites, ceramic and metal coatings
  • Statistical physics of damage. Damage as a phase transition. Scaling phenomena in damage
  • Design, modelling, and manufacturing of self-sensing materials
  • Damage control in self-sensing composites
  • Development of new non-destructive testing approaches
  • Acoustical emission analysis
  • Complex loading of materials. Experimental studies in bi-axial loading of textiles and films

Key Partners

  • MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA):
  • KU Leuven University (Belgium):


Sergey Abaimov, Statistical Physics of Non-Thermal Phase Transitions— From Foundations to Applications, Springer, 2015

Sergey Abaimov, Statistical Physics of Complex Systems,  2nd ed., URSS (in Russian), 2013

Sergey Abaimov, Statistical Physics of Complex Systems, URSS (in Russian), 2011

Book chapters:

D.L. Turcotte, S.G. Abaimov, R. Shcherbakov, and J.B. Rundle, Nonlinear dynamics of natural hazards, p. 557-580, in Nonlinear Dynamics in Geosciences, Springer, New York, 2007, ISBN 978-0-387-34917-6, e-ISBN 978-0-387-34918-3.

D.L. Turcotte, J.B. Rundle, M. Yoder, S.G. Abaimov, and W. Klein, Nucleation and critical phenomena, damage, and characteristic earthquakes, pp. 187-203, in Acoustic Emission and Critical Phenomena: from Structural Mechanics to Geophysics, eds. A. Carpinteri and G. Lacidogna, Taylor and Francis/Balkema, Leiden, 2008, ISBN 978-0-415-45082-9.

S.G. Abaimov, I.S. Akhatov, S.V. Lomov, Chapter 6. Detailed comparison of analytical and finite-element-based homogenization approaches for fibre-reinforced composites, pp. 141-177, in Multi-Scale Continuum Mechanics Modelling of Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composites, ed. Wim Van Paepegem, vol. in Composites Science and Engineering series, Elsevier, Woodhead Publishing, 2020, ISBN 9780128189849, e-ISBN 9780128189856.

Featured Publications:

  1. V.I. Betekhtin, A.G. Kadomtsev, M.V. Narykova, M.V. Bannikov, S.G. Abaimov, I.Sh. Akhatov, T. Palin-Luc, and O.B. Naimark, Experimental and theoretical study of multiscale damage-failure transition in very high cycle fatigue, Phys. Mesomech., 20(1), 78-89, 2017, DOI 10.1134/S1029959917010076 (В.И. Бетехтин, А.Г. Кадомцев, М.В. Нарыкова, М.В. Банников, С.Г. Абаимов, И.Ш. Ахатов, T. Palin-Luc, О.Б. Наймарк, Экспериментальное и теоретическое исследование многомасштабных закономерностей разрушения при сверхмногоцикловой усталости, Физ. мезомех., 20(1), 82-93, 2017).
  2. A. Trofimov, S. Abaimov, I. Akhatov, I. Sevostianov, Effect of elastic contrast on the contribution of helical fibers into overall stiffness of a composites, Int. J. Eng. Sci., 120, 31-50, 2017, DOI 10.1016/j.ijengsci.2017.06.014.
  3. A. Trofimov, S. Abaimov, I. Akhatov, I. Sevostianov, On the bounds of applicability of two-step homogenization technique for porous materials, Int. J. Eng. Sci., 123, 117-126, 2018, DOI 10.1016/j.ijengsci.2017.11.017.
  4. I. Sevostianov, S.G. Abaimov, A. Trofimov, Replacement relations for thermal conductivities of heterogeneous materials having different matrices, Mech. Mater., 121, 50-56, 2018, DOI 10.1016/j.mechmat.2018.03.003.
  5. A. Trofimov, S. Abaimov, I. Sevostianov, Inverse homogenization problem: Evaluation of elastic and electrical (thermal) properties of composite constituents, Int. J. Eng. Sci., 129, 34-46, 2018, DOI 10.1016/j.ijengsci.2018.04.001.
  6. E. Popov, A. Trofimov, A. Goncharov, S. Abaimov, E. Chekhonin, Yu. Popov, I. Sevostianov, Technique of rock thermal conductivity evaluation on core cuttings and non-consolidated rocks, Int. J. Rock Mech. Mining Sci., 108, 15-22, 2018, DOI 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2018.05.005.
  7. A. Trofimov, A. Markov, S.G. Abaimov, I. Akhatov, I. Sevostianov, Overall elastic properties of a material containing inhomogeneities of concave shape, Int. J. Eng. Sci., 132, 30-44, 2018, DOI 10.1016/j.ijengsci.2018.07.004.
  8. A. Markov, S. Abaimov, I. Sevostianov, M. Kachanov, S. Kanaun, I. Akhatov, The effect of multiple contacts between crack faces on crack contribution to the effective elastic properties, Int. J. Solids Struct., 163, 75-86, 2019, DOI 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2018.12.021.
  9. D. May, A. Aktas, S.G. Advani, D.C. Berg, A. Endruweit, E. Fauster, S.V. Lomov, A. Long, P. Mitschang, S. Abaimov, D. Abliz, I. Akhatov, M.A. Ali, T.D. Allen, S. Bickerton, M. Bodaghi, B. Caglar, H. Caglar, A. Chiminelli, N. Correia, B. Cosson, M. Danzi, J. Dittmann, P. Ermanni, G. Francucci, A. George, V. Grishaev, M. Hancioglu, M.A. Kabachi, K. Kind, M. Deléglise-Lagardère, M. Laspalas, O.V. Lebedev, M. Lizaranzu, P.-J. Liotier, P. Middendorf, J. Morán, C.-H. Park, R.B. Pipes, M.F. Pucci, J. Raynal, E.S. Rodriguez, R. Schledjewski, R. Schubnel, N. Sharp, G. Sims, E.M. Sozer, P. Sousa, J. Thomas, R. Umer, W. Wijaya, B. Willenbacher, A. Yong, S. Zaremba, G. Ziegmann, In-plane permeability characterization of engineering textiles based on radial flow experiments: A benchmark exercise, Composit. A, 121, 100-114, 2019, DOI 10.1016/j.compositesa.2019.03.006.
  10. S.G. Abaimov, A. Trofimov, I.V. Sergeichev, I.S. Akhatov, Multi-step homogenization in the Mori-Tanaka-Benveniste theory, Composit. Struct., 223, 110801, 2019, DOI 10.1016/j.compstruct.2019.03.073.
  11. O.V. Lebedev, A. Trofimov, S.G. Abaimov, A.N. Ozerin, Modeling of an effect of uniaxial deformation on electrical conductance of polypropylene-based composites filled with agglomerated nanoparticles, Int. J. Eng. Sci., 144, 103132, 2019, DOI 10.1016/j.ijengsci.2019.103132.
  12. O.V. Lebedev, S.G. Abaimov, A.N. Ozerin, Modeling the effect of uniaxial deformation on electrical conductivity for composite materials with extreme filler segregation, J. Composit. Mater., 0021998319862045, 2019, DOI 10.1177/0021998319862045.
  13. A. Markov, A. Trofimov, S. Abaimov, I. Akhatov, On the applicability of replacement relations to tetrahedron-like inhomogeneities, Int. J. Solids. Struct., 167, 1-13, 2019, DOI 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2019.02.020.
  14. B. Mahato, V.O. Babarinde, S.G. Abaimov, S.V. Lomov, I. Akhatov, Interface strength of glass fibers in polypropylene: Dependence on the cooling rate and the degree of crystallinity, Polym. Compos., 41, 1310–1322, 2020, DOI 10.1002/pc.25456.
  15. S.G. Abaimov, O.V. Lebedev, V. Grishaev, B.N. Gilmutdinov, I.S. Akhatov, Edge flow profile under radial injection at constant pressure: Analytical predictions vs. experiment, Composit. Struct., 242, 112101, 2020, DOI 10.1016/j.compstruct.2020.112101.
  16. B. Voloskov, S. Evlashin, S. Dagesyan, S. Abaimov, I. Akhatov, I. Sergeichev, Very High Cycle Fatigue Behavior of Additively Manufactured 316L Stainless Steel, Materials, 13(15), 3293, 2020, DOI 10.3390/ma13153293.
  17. H.A. Butt, S.V. Lomov, I.S. Akhatov, S.G. Abaimov, Self-diagnostic carbon nanocomposites manufactured from industrial epoxy masterbatches, Composit. Struct., 259, 113244, 2021, DOI 10.1016/j.compstruct.2020.113244.
  18. N.A. Gudkov, S.V. Lomov, I.S. Akhatov, S.G. Abaimov, Influence of carbon nanotubes parameters, boundary conditions, and scaling of the represetative volume on percolation and electric permeability of a nanocomposite , arXiv:2009.06013,
  19. A.X.H. Yong, A. Aktas, D. May, A. Endruweit, S.V. Lomov, S. Advani, P. Hubert, S.G. Abaimov, D. Abliz, I. Akhatov, M.A. Ali, S. Allaoui, T. Allen, D.C. Berg, S. Bickerton, B. Caglar, P. Causse, A. Chiminelli, S. Comas-Cardona, M. Danzi, J. Dittmann, C. Dransfeld, P. Ermanni, E. Fauster, A. George, J. Gillibert, Q. Govignon, R. Graupner, V. Grishaev, A. Guilloux, M.A. Kabachi, A. Keller, K. Kind, D. Large, M. Laspalas, O.V. Lebedev, M. Lizaranzu, A.C. Long, C. López, K. Masania, V. Michaud, P. Middendorf, P. Mitschang, S. van  Oosterom, R. Schubnel, N. Sharp, P. Sousa, F. Trochu, R. Umer, J. Valette, J.H. Wang, Experimental characterisation of textile compaction response: A benchmark exercise, Composit. A, 142, 106243, 2021, DOI 10.1016/j.compositesa.2020.106243.
  20. O.V. Lebedev, A.N. Ozerin, S.G. Abaimov, Multiscale numerical modeling for prediction of piezoresistive effect for polymer composites with a highly segregated structure, Nanomat., 11, 162, 2021, DOI 10.3390/nano11010162.
  • M.S. with honor (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology)
  • PhD (University of California, Davis)
  • C.Ph.-M.S. (RAS)



  • fluid mechanics,
  • composite materials,
  • micromechanics,
  • fatigue,
  • damage mechanics,
  • statistical physics,
  • phase transitions.


Boeing’s Best Engineer, 2010.

One of eight laureates of S.P.Korolev’s Competition, Korolev, Russia, 2000.

Prize-winner (1st place) of XVth Science-Technology Conference, Korolev, Russia, 1999;

Student stipend of the Acoustical Society of America, 1996.

Winner (3rd place) of Physics-Mathematics Olympiad, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, Moscow, 1990.

Winner (1st place) of Mathematics Olympiad “MSTU-90”, Moscow State Technical University n.a. N.E. Bauman (MSTU), Moscow, 1990.

Winner of National Competition “Abiturient-90” (Mathematics and Physics), Russia, 1990.

Winner of Physics-Mathematics Olympiad, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology – State University, Moscow, 1989.

Silver Medal, Moscow Mathematical School 315, 1990.


Stepan Lomov
Principal Research Scientist
Iskander Akmanov
1 year MSc student
Nikita Gudkov
PhD student
Gleb Komissarov
1 year MSc student
Aleksandr Kukharskii
2 year MSc student
Lucynda Lumba
1 year MSc student
Biltu Mahato
PhD student
Veronika Rocheva
2 year MSc student
Aleksei Shiverskii
PhD student


Composite materials and structures

Fundamentals of micromechanics

Fracture mechanics