Solid Mechanics & Materials
Research in solid mechanics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign builds upon a rich history with a view toward both current and future applications. Core areas of mechanics, thermodynamics, and transport phenomena are applied to advance understanding in technological, geological, and biological materials. There is a long-standing tradition of the combined theoretical and experimental study of fatigue and fracture in materials for aerospace and structural applications. New research directions address the mechanics of electronic and optical materials, thin films, carbon nanotubes and nanowires, and the development of generalized continuum theories. Modeling and simulation activities explore dislocation mechanics and size effects, the bridging of scales from atomistic to continuum, defect-induced plasticity, and stochastic finite elements.