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.

BiomechanicsComposite MechanicsComputational Mechanics

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 AdamsDan Adams, Professor

Research: mechanics of composite materials, damage mechanics, and micromechanics

  BrannonRebecca Brannon, Associate Professor

Research: accuracy/stability/efficiency of plasticity models, damage and failure, poroelasticity and poroplasticity,  . . . Director: Computational Solid Mechanics

Brittany CoatsBrittany Coats, Assistant Professor

Research: mechanisms of pediatric traumatic brain and eye injury, structural changes that occur during the firs few years . . . Director: Pediatric Injury Biomechanics

Larry DeVries Larry DeVries, Distinguished Professor

Research: failure in materials, material selection and substitution, mechanical properties of polymers, . . .

Monson-thumnail Ken Monson, Assistant Professor

Research: traumatic brain injury, blast injury, cerebral vessel mechanics and mechanotransduction, solid mechanics, dynamics Director: Head Injury & Vessel Biomechanics