James DeClerck

James DeClerck

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Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Faculty Advisor, Formula SAE Enterprise

  • PhD, Michigan Technological University

Biography

Dr. James De Clerck is a Professor of Practice in the Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics Department at Michigan Technological University.  He earned BS, MS and PhD degrees from Michigan Tech, receiving his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics in 1991. 

Prior to joining the Michigan Tech faculty in 2009, Jim was a Project Design Engineer at the General Motors Noise and Vibration Center where he worked on improving vehicle noise and vibration performance at every stage of the vehicle development process. Jim led the development and implementation of new vibration analysis and testing technology.  He also developed techniques for establishing design performance requirements and for validating analytical model predictions.

In addition to advising the Michigan Tech Formula SAE Team, Jim is an instructor for Engineering Design Processes, Senior Capstone Design, Mechanical Vibrations, Machine Design, and Analytical Vibro-Acoustics classes.   His areas of expertise include noise and vibration, structural dynamics, design, modal analysis, model validation, inverse methods applied to design, and advanced measurement techniques.

Jim is a member of SAE, SEM, ASEE and ASME.  He is a co-organizer of the Design Optimization - Methods and Applications sessions and SAE World Congress.  Jim also served on the Executive Board of the Society for Experimental Mechanics and is currently the Chair of the International Modal Analysis Conference Board.

Office Hours

  • by appointment

Areas of Expertise

  • Noise and Vibration
  • Model Validation
  • Modal Analysis
  • Structural Dynamics

Research Interests

  • Model Validation
  • Digital Data Processing
  • Robust Engineering
  • Noise and Vibration
  • System Design

Recent Publications

  • De Clerck and Doerr, 2006, “Application of Statistical Model Validation to a Truck Frame,” Proceedings of the 2006 SAE World Congress & Exhibition, SAE Paper No. 2006-01-0281, Detroit, MI.
  • De Clerck, Doerr, Muresan, and Tu, 2006, “Application of a Statistical Model Validation Approach to a Sheet Metal Stamping.” Proceedings of the Twenty-fourth IMAC Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • Avitabile, Tsuji, O’Callahan, and De Clerck, 2005, “Reallocation of System Mass and Stiffness for Achieving Target Specifications using a Superelement/Substructuring Methodology,” International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration, Volume 1, Nos. 3/4.
  • Avitabile, Tsuji, O’Callahan, and De Clerck, 2004, “Reallocation of System Mass and Stiffness for Achieving Target Specifications,” International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration, Volume 1, Nos. 1/2.
  • Avitabile, Tsuji, O’Callahan, and De Clerck, 2004, “Reallocation of System Mass and Stiffness for Achieving Target Specifications using a Superelement/Substructuring Methodology,” Proceedings of the Twenty-second IMAC Conference, Dearborn, MI.
  • Foulkes, M.G., De Clerck, J. P., and Singh, R., 2003, “Vibration Characteristics of Cardboard Inserts in Shells,” Journal of Passenger Cars: Mechanical Systems, Vol. 112(6), pp. 1718-1725.
  • De Clerck and Cafeo, 2003, “Vibration Model Validation Based on Statistical Confidence of Modal Property Predictions,” Proceedings of the Twenty-first IMAC Conference, Orlando, FL.