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Solid Mechanics

Solid mechanics is a discipline that studies materials and structures and how they deform under load. Broadly, the area interfaces with physics, chemistry, materials science, and computational science and engineering. Approaches vary from continuum to discrete description of material responses. Deterministic and stochastic approaches are used to understand interactions between material elements are different length and time scales. Analytical and computational methods include finite element calculations, molecular dynamics, influence functions, ab-initio calculation, Monte Carlo simulation. These methods are used to link different length and time scales that allow investigators to develop physically based material models, including state variable approaches. Experimental approaches include x-ray diffraction, scanning probe microscopy, optical methods and mechanical testing under a wide range of environmental conditions and size scales from macro to nano. Mechanics of solids is currently one of the most viable areas of mechanical engineering - from intellectual, technological and funding perspectives. There is new pressure on designers to improve efficiency, lower cost and improve safety and reliability. Invariably such advances occur through improved microstructural design and mechanical characterization of materials and structures that lead to new applications and improve performance. Accurate mathematical representation of the structure-property relations is at the heart of these efforts. To develop these representations faculty and students in solid mechanics work collaboratively to advance the necessary theory, experiments, modeling and computational mechanics and to apply their results to societal needs.

Research Area Faculty

  Name Department Contact
spb14.jpg Baker, Shefford P.
Associate Professor
Materials Science and Engineering Room 329 Thurston Hall
607 255-6679
sab96.jpg Bhave, Sunil Ashok
Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering 405 Phillips Hall
jab16.jpg Burns, Joseph Arthur
Irving Porter Church Professor of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Professor of Astronomy
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 413 Upson Hall-MAE, 328 Space Sciences
607 255-6909
cjh275.jpg Hernandez, Christopher J.
Associate Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering 355 Upson Hall
607 255-5129
ch45.jpg Hui, Chung-Yuen
Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 322 Thurston Hall
607 255-3718
mpm4.jpg Miller, Matthew Peter
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 407 Upson Hall
607 255-0400
sm85.jpg Mukherjee, Subrata
Professor Emeritus
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 220 Kimball Hall
607 255-7143
slp6.jpg Phoenix, Stuart Leigh
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 321 Thurston Hall
607 255-8818
alr3.jpg Ruina, Andy
John F. Carr Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 569 Upson Hall
607 327-0013
whs3.jpg Sachse, Wolfgang H.
Meinig Family Professor of Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 325 Thurston Hall
607 255-5065
ms2682.jpg Silberstein, Meredith
Assistant Professor, Mills Family Faculty Fellow
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 281 Kimball Hall
607 255-5063
mcv3.jpg van der Meulen, Marjolein C.H.
James M. and Marsha McCormick Director of Biomedical Engineering; Swanson Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical EngineeringMechanical & Aerospace Engr 113 Weill Hall
607 255-1445
atz2.jpg Zehnder, Alan Taylor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 409 Upson Hall
607 255-9181