Martin Horák

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Office Mail Address:
Czech Technical University in Prague
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Department of Mechanics
Thákurova 7, 166 29 Praha 6, Czech Republic

Phone: +42-02-24355417 | Fax: +42-02-24310775
E-mail: Martin.Horak (at)

Professional CV:


  • Member of research projects supported by Czech Science Foundation GACR:
    • Process modeling for 3D printing and other additive technologies, project no. 20-20096S, 2020-2022.
  • EU funded projects:
    • Composelector: Multi-scale Composite Material Selection Platform with a Seamless Integration of Materials Models and Multidisciplinary Design Framework, project number 721105, 2017-2021.
    • MMP: Multiscale Modelling Platform: Smart design of nano-enabled products in green technologies, project number 604279, 2014-2016.

Research interests:

  • Design and development of scientific simulation tools, see list of my software projects.
  • Numerical methods in mechanics
  • Computational modeling of soft active material and structures
  • Mechanics of generalized continua

Graduate and undergraduate research opportunities: I am actively recruiting two postdoctoral candidates to work on the modeling of soft materials with surface energies. Full description of the openings is available at EURAXESS

OOFEM course for Ph.D. students, engineers interested in simulation and researchers to allow them to quickly acquire the knowledge and practical skills necessary to employ OOFEM. More details here.

Selected Publications:


  • Patzák, B., Šmilauer, V., Horák, M., Šulc, S., & Dvořáková, E. Multi-physics integration platform MuPIF: Application for composite material design. 2022,

Articles in journals:

  • Jirásek, M., Šmejkal, F. and Horák, M. Integral micromorphic model for band gap in 1D continuum, Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 1--20, 2023
  • Horák, M., Gil, A.J., Ortigosa, R., & Kružík, M. A polyconvex transversely-isotropic invariant-based formulation for electro-mechanics: stability, minimizers, and computational implementation, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 403, 2023,
  • Horák, M., La Malfa Ribolla, E., & Jirásek M. Efficient formulation of a two-noded geometrically exact curved beam element, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 124, 570--619, 2023,
  • Jirásek, M., La Malfa Ribolla, E., & Horák, M. Efficient finite difference formulation of a geometrically nonlinear beam element, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 122, 7013--7053,2021,
  • Horák, M., & Kružík, M. Gradient polyconvex material models and their numerical treatment. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 195, 57-65, 2020,

Software Library:

OOFEM I have been developing this free, object-oriented, multiphysics, parallel finite element code since 1997. Visit its homepage at or check out its features. OOFEM is released under GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).
MuPIF Multi-Physics Integration Framework (MuPIF) is an open source distributed integration framework, that will facilitate the implementation of multi-physic and multi-level simulations, built from independently developed components. The design supports various coupling strategies, discretization techniques, and also the distributed applications. License: GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).

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