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Solid Bodies, Mechanics, and Mechanical Design

This research group focuses on developing techniques for the design, analysis and simulation of machines, mobile structures and pressure vessels. The group is active in the areas of pressure vessels for both low and high pressures, plastic gearing, nuclear components and piping, mechanisms and mechanics, dynamic machinery, and design using computer graphics. Fundamental work is carried out in plasticity theory and its application to bifurcation problems in manufacturing.

The group is also involved in basic research in kinematics, dynamics and control of flexible robot arms, and in Tribology - the study of friction, lubrication and wear. Extensive laboratory simulations, testing and non-destructive inspection are used to study failure modes and design improvements. These studies are supported by the development of analysis techniques in computer aided design, simulation techniques, finite element methods, failure analysis, plasticity, and continuum mechanics.

Group professors

Chandrashekar, N

  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Implant Design
  • Engineering Education

Cronin, D.

  • Impact Biomechanics
  • Auto Crash and Occupant Simulation
  • Pipeline Integrity
  • Material Characterization

Glinka, G.

  • Moving Boundary Analysis of Cracks and Notches
  • Multiaxial Elasto-Plastic and Creep Stress-Strain Analysis Near Notches Under Monotonic and Cyclic Loading
  • Weight Functions and Structural Modeling for Stress Intensity Factors

Inal, Kaan.A.

  • Metal Formability
  • Micromechanics, Crystal Plasticity
  • Instabilities and Localized Deformation Phenomena in Materials
  • High Performance Computing – Parallel Computing

Jahed, H.

  • Mechanical testing of micro specimen, MEMS
  • Fatigue failure
  • Cyclic plasticity
  • Finite deformation
  • Residual stresses

kwon, H.J.

  • Cell traction force measurement using optical sectioning technique
  • Mechanical measurement using Digital Image Correlation method
  • Constitutive modeling of soft bio-polymers
  • Viscous fracture of soft materials

Lambert, S.B.

  • Automotive Design
  • Design Education
  • Fatigue and Fracture

Medley, J.B.

  • Influence of Lubricant Additives on Rheology of Elastohydrodynamic Films
  • Lubrication of Large Spring-Supported Thrust Bearings
  • Tribology
  • Wear of Metal-Metal Hip Implants

Nespoli, O.

  • Engineering Design, Methods and Practice
  • Engineering Design Education
  • Advanced Composite Materials System and Process Design

Salehian, A.

  • Continuum modeling, vibration analysis and modal testing of inflatable space structures
  • Thermally induced oscillations in space systems
  • Wave propagation in composite materials
  • Smart materials

Sullivan, P.

  • Long-term stability of polymers and their composites due to thermo-mechanical loading, moisture absorption and physical aging
  • Adhesive bonding of dissimilar structural materials e.g. composites-to-metals and composites-to-composites
  • Micro-engineering – measurement of mechanical property data deviation from bulk values as dimensions are reduced

Worswick, M.J

  • Sheet Metal Forming and Tube Hydroforming
  • High Strain Rate Material Behaviour
  • Numerical Simulation of Vehicle Crashworthiness

Adjunct professors

Burns, D.J.

Retired p​rofessors

Andrews, G.C.
Dubey, R.N.