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Mechanics & Materials


The materials and solid mechanics faculty in Mechanical Engineering are a diverse group of experimentalists, theoreticians and computational experts. We work on many cutting-edge problems, as well as some long-standing classical problems, drawn from materials physics (broadly defined), biology and automotive engineering. 


  • Contact mechanics
  • Thermoelasticity
  • Elasticity theory
  • Active materials and composites
  • Fracture and failure mechanisms
  • Computational mechanics
  • Computational mechanics and dynamics
  • Structural design optimization
  • Modeling and simulation of nanostructures
  • Fracture and fatigue of engineering materials
  • Design of batteries