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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Solid Mechanics

How do solid materials deform and fail?  Structural metallic alloys, high-temperature ceramics, polymers, composites, and carbon nanotubes are all characterized by a specific microstructure and specific deformation and failure mechanism. In manufacturing and service industries, these components are subjected to loads, heat, and chemically aggressive environments. The first challenge of solid mechanics is understanding microstructures and deformation/failure mechanisms operating over different length and time scales, from understanding atoms to the wing of an airplane.  

After gaining a qualitative understanding of deformation and failure, the next challenge is dealing in the area of predictive models for manufacturing and service arises. Mathematical formulations give rise to computational models that are then used to simulate deformation and failure processes on different scales with variable resolution. The overall goal is to design new materials and new manufacturing processes and to improve the performance of existing components.

Topics in Solid Mechanics

  • Plasticity of crystals and interfaces
  • Micromechanics of granular materials
  • Mechanics: Multiscale modeling, numerical analysis, plasticity, composites, materials instabilities, damage and fracture
  • Dynamic response of materials and structures (experimental characterization, modeling, and simulation)
  • Shock dynamics
  • Thermo-mechanics

Faculty in Solid Mechanics

Display NameContact InformationPhoto
Ameli, Amir
Assistant Professor
a.ameli@tricity.wsu.edu
509-372-7442
Floyd 130
Tri-Cities
Ding, Jow-Lian
Professor
Associate Director for Administration, School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
jowlian_ding@wsu.edu
509-335-3226
EME B25
Pullman
Dutta, Indranath
Professor
Director, School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
idutta@wsu.edu
509-335-8654 / 509-335-8354
Sloan 201 / Dana 149B
Pullman
Indranath Dutta
Field, David P
Professor
Associate Dean,
Research and Graduate Education,
Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
dfield@wsu.edu
509-335-3524
Carpenter 510
Pullman
Mesarovic, Sinisa
Professor
smesarovic@wsu.edu
509-335-7936
EME 145
Pullman
Smith, Lloyd V
Professor
lvsmith@wsu.edu
509-335-3221
EME 155
Pullman
Zbib, Hussein
Regents Professor
zbib@wsu.edu
509-335-7832
Dana 149a
Pullman