MTA-BME Morphodynamics Research Group

Our main focus are mathematical and physical models of shape evolution with emphasis on geophysical and planetological applications, such as sand grains, pebbles, ventifacts, rock profiles, asteroids.

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Our research group operates at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and it is supported on a 5 year (2017-2022), renewable special grant from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Our goal is to collect, develop and apply existing mathematical models and test the models versus existing and self-produced experimental and field data. Ultimately we would like to gain insight on geophysical history based on current size and shape measurements.

Recent news

Recent activity related to our research group including student projects, publications and workshops. Click on the titles to read more.

Institutional Scientific Students’ Associations Conference 2021

The Morphodynamics Group had a session titled ‘Geometry’ in the 2021 TDK Conference. Five students participated in the session and received numerous awards. Congratulations!
Krisztina Regős (1st Prize + Rector’s Award), Anna Viczián (1st Prize), Ágoston Szesztay (3rd Prize + Csonka Pál Special Prize), Klaudia Nagy (Department’s Special Prize), Máté Szondi (Metszet Journal Special Prize).

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New paper on Mono-unstable polyhedra

The paper titlted “Mono-unstable polyhedra with point masses have at least 8 vertices” (S. Bozóki, G. Domokos, F. Kovács, K. Regős) was published in International Journal of Solids and Structures.

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New paper on Curvature flows

The paper “Curvature flows, scaling laws and the geometry of attrition under impacts” (G. Pál, G. Domokos, F. Kun) was published in Scientific Reports.

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Successful PhD defense

Congratulations to Sára Lévay, who successfully defended her PhD thesis: Self-organizing processes in granular materials.

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Scanning pebbles in Siena

Colleagues in Siena did a great job in adapting our scanning technique.

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Gomboc software in sailing

The Gomboc simulation software – whose name was chosen after the Gömböc of Gábor Domokos and Péter Várkonyi – played a crucial role in the the 36th America’s cup.

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Science Magazine top 10

Science Magazine listed the paper “Plato’s cube and the natural geometry of fragmentation” in the top 10 science new stories of 2020 and it is also discussed in a podcast episode of Science: Breakthrough of the Year, top online news, and science book highlights (9:36 – 12:40).

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Institutional Scientific Students’ Associations Conference 2020

At this year’s Institutional Scientific Students’ Associations Conference at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, 2 presentations were related to Morphodynamics: Ágoston Szesztay (1st Prize + Pro Progressio Special Prize), Klaudia Nagy (Csonka Pál Special Prize).

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