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    Research Overview


    The solid mechanics and structures group employs experimental, analytical, and computational techniques to study the behavior of conventional and advanced materials (including biological) at the nano-, micro-, and macroscales. Experimental facilities include a new dynamic testing lab equipped with state-of-the-art data acquisition systems. Current research focuses on topology and rate effects in cellular solids, thermomechanical coupling in high-rate deformation processes, micromechanics of composites, modeling of nanoscale composite structures subjected to thermal cycling, and biomechanics.




    Solid & Structures Faculty




    Roberto A. Cammino - Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering

    Areas of Expertise

    • Solid Mechanics



    Michael R. Gosz - Associate Professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering; Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs

    Areas of Expertise

    • Computational Solid Mechanics
    • Finite Element Method



    Kevin P. Meade - Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    Areas of Expertise

    • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
    • Elasticity
    • Fracture Mechanics



    Sudhakar E. Nair - Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Aerospace Engineering; Professor of Applied Mathematics

    Areas of Expertise

    • Analysis of Elastic and Inelastic Structures
    • Micro-Mechanics of Composites
    • Wave Propagation in Anisotropic Materials
    • Moving Boundary Problems of the Stefan Type
    • Dynamics of Cables



    Murat Vural - Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

    Areas of Expertise

    • Experimental Solid Mechanics
    • Dynamic Response and Constitutive Modeling of Materials
    • Mechanics of Cellular Solids