Solid Mechanics

Students in Solid Mechanics study the behavior of solid materials and objects such as beams, shafts, columns, and structures. They research how these objects break, shatter, fracture, bend, and splatter. Then they learn how to make these objects fail-resistant and how to develop new materials for use by society.

Lab Links

Head Injury and Vessel Biomechanics Lab:  Research in our laboratory is primarily motivated by a desire to mitigate the significance of traumatic brain injury. Head trauma commonly results in injury to both neural and vascular tissue. Our group focuses on better describing the mechanical environment of the cerebral blood vessels during trauma as well as their response to these forces. Expertise in blood vessel testing techniques has also led to a number of collaborations addressing other medical problems and challenges, including diseases associated with pre-term birth and the delivery of drugs across the blood-brain barrier. Pediatric Injury Biomechanics Lab: Our research utilizes the principals and tools of mechanical engineering to understand the biomechanics and develop injury tolerances for head and eye injury in children. We hope to provide data that will lead to better identification of injury in children, improve injury prevention programs, and assist in the development of traumatic brain injury treatments specific to children.

Types of Employment Opportunities

The Solid Mechanics Program produces undergraduate- and graduate-level professional prepared to assume lead roles in industry and government.  Research activities include development nd evaluation of composite materials test methods; design, analysis, and evaluation of stitched sandwich composites; behavior of adhesive joints; environmental degradation of polymers; corrosion and fatigue of aging aircraft; fracture; and orthopaedic biomechanics.  

Types of Employment Opportunities

The Solid Mechanics Program produces undergraduate- and graduate-level professional prepared to assume lead roles in industry and government.  Research activities include development and evaluation of composite materials test methods; design, analysis, and evaluation of stitched sandwich composites; behavior of adhesive joints; environmental degradation of polymers; corrosion and fatigue of aging aircraft; fracture; and orthopaedic biomechanics.  

Lab Links

Computational Solid Mechanics (CSM)  Research in the area of high-rate massive deformation loading of materials in extreme conditions such as blast, penetration, and contract damage.

Types of Employment Opportunities

The Solid Mechanics Program produces undergraduate- and graduate-level professional prepared to assume lead roles in industry and government.  Research activities include development nd evaluation of composite materials test methods; design, analysis, and evaluation of stitched sandwich composites; behavior of adhesive joints; environmental degradation of polymers; corrosion and fatigue of aging aircraft; fracture; and orthopaedic biomechanics.

 

 

Solid Mechanics Faculty

Dan Adams

Dan Adams Professor

Research: Mechanics of composite materials | Damage mechanics | Micromechanics
Director: Utah Composites Mechanics Laboratory

Rebecca Brannon

Rebecca Brannon Associate Professor

Research: Accuracy/stability/efficiency of plasticity models | Damage and failure | Poroelasticity | Poroplasticity
Director: Computational Solid Mechanics Laboratory

Brittany Coats

Brittany Coats Assistant Professor

Research: Accuracy/stability/efficiency of plasticity models | Damage and failure | Poroelasticity | Poroplasticity
Director: Pediatric Injury Biomechanics

Michael Czabaj

Michael Czabaj Assistant Professor

Research: Fracture and fatigue of composite materials | Durability and damage tolerance of composite structures | Micromechanics of composite materials |3D imaging using X-ray computed tomography
Director: Utah Composites Mechanics Laboratory

Larry DeVries

Larry DeVries Distinguished Professor

Research: Failure of materials | Material selection and substitution | Mechanical properties of polymer

Ken Monson

Ken Monson Associate Professor

Research: Traumatic brain injury | Blast injury | Cerebral vessel mechanics and mechanotransduction | Solid mechanics | Dynamics
Director: Head Injury & Vessel Biomechanics Laboratory

Ashley Spear

Ashley Spear Assistant Professor

Research: Characterizing and simulating three-dimensional cracking in metallic structures | 3-D finite element analysis | Concurrent multiscale modeling | Microscale characterization of metallic materials | High-energy X-ray diffraction microscopy (HEDM)
Director: Multiscale Mechanics & Materials Laboratory