• Mechanisms of Biological Adhesion

    Dr. Brittany Coats awarded a grant to elucidate mechanisms of adhesion at the vitreoretinal interface as they change with age.

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  • Modeling Stress Fields of Porous Materials

    Using material point methods, Dr. Brannon and her Computational Solid Mechanics group simulate high-rate plastic deformation from shaped-charged jet penetration of fluid-saturated porous geomaterials.

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  • Non-Destructive 3D Imaging of Composites

    Czabaj and collaborators from UC Berkeley, GE Global Research, GE Aviation, AFRL, and Teledyne awarded an Approved Program at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advanced Light Source beamline 8.3.2 to study high-temperature ceramic matrix composites.

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  • The Art of Impact

    James Colovos from Dr. Brannon's lab wins first place in research is art contest for his simulation of a plate impacting a rock.

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  • Axial Overstretch Causes Permanent Damage

    Research in Dr. Monson's Lab has recently shown that even mild overstretch of cerebral arteries past in vivo lengths results in permanent mechanical softening.

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  • Cracking the Puzzle of Material Failure

    Using the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Photon Source, Dr. Spear has recently captured 3D crack growth at multiple time points. This work was recently highlighted by Argonne National Labs.

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Solid Mechanics at the University of Utah

The Solid Mechanics group at the University of Utah is composed of faculty interested in defining relationships between structure, property, and failure. Faculty research encompass many techniques (experimental, theoretical and numerical), and is spread over a wide range of materials (composites, metals, polymers, biomaterials, etc.). The significance and impact of our faculty members in the field of solid mechanics is expressed by high-quality scientific publications, outstanding graduate student researchers, and national and international recognition of our research through awards and keynote presentations.

Faculty Spotlight

Owen Kingstedt Joins Solid Mechanics Faculty

Owen Kingstedt Joins Solid Mechanics Faculty

We are very excited to welcome new faculty member, Owen Kingstedt, to the University of Utah Mechanical Engineering Department. Dr. Owen Kingstedt is joining the department from a post-doctoral scholar position in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Minors in Mathematics and Materials Science from Michigan Technological University. Owen’s Masters of Science and PhD were completed at the University of Illinois at ...Read More...

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Owen Kingstedt Joins Solid Mechanics Faculty

Owen Kingstedt Joins Solid Mechanics Faculty

We are very excited to welcome new faculty member, Owen Kingstedt, to the University of Utah Mechanical Engineering Department. Dr. Owen Kingstedt is joining the department from a post-doctoral scholar position in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical E... Read More

Adams Receives NSF Structural Monitoring Award

Adams Receives NSF Structural Monitoring Award

An expert in experimental mechanics and damage tolerance of composites, mechanical engineering professor Dan Adams received a National Science Foundation three-year companion award (along with principle investigator Dr. Joel Harley – ECE). Adams’ portion of the award, $158,579, is for their research entitled, “Big Data Structural Health Monitoring: Statistical Damage Detection.” With this awa... Read More

Coats Receives NIH Grant to Measure Vitreoretinal Adhesion

Coats Receives NIH Grant to Measure Vitreoretinal Adhesion

The National Eye Institute at NIH recently awarded Brittany Coats a two-year R21  grant titled Quantitative Regional Analysis of Vitreoretinal Adhesion with Age. The grant began March 1, 2016 and will be focused on elucidating mechanisms of adhesion at the vitreoretinal interface, and quantifying how those mechanisms change with age. The d... Read More

Coats PAC Research Highlighted on KSL

Coats PAC Research Highlighted on KSL

TV news station KSL recently highlighted research in Dr. Brittany Coats' lab on the potential impact of arachnoid trabeculae in mild traumatic brain injury. Through optical coherence tomography imaging and finite element modeling, Dr. Coats' group found that these microstructures dictate force distribution from the skull to the brain. By implementing the n... Read More

Czabaj to Give Keynote at Composites, Materials, and Structures Conference

Czabaj to Give Keynote at Composites, Materials, and Structures Conference

Dr. Czabaj was asked to give the Keynote Address during the Behavior and Life Prediction of Ceramic Matrix Composites symposium at the 40th Annual conference on Composites, Materials, and Structures. His talk, titled "X-Ray CT Imaging and Numerical Modeling of CMC Microstructures: Challenges and Opportunities" will highlight his work non-destructively characterizing ... Read More