James W Phillips

Professor Emeritus
(217) 333-4388
3051 Sidney Lu Mech Engr Bldg

Education

  • Ph.D. Engineering Brown University 1969
  • Sc. M. Engineering Brown University 1966
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering Catholic University of America 1964

Academic Positions

  • Associate Head, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, 2006-date
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, 2006-date
  • Associate Head, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, 1985-2006
  • Professor, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, 1981-2006
  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of Maryland, 1978-1979
  • Associate Professor, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, 1974-1981
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, 1969-1974

Major Consulting Activities

  • Various industrial firms (mechanical testing of engineering components), 1982-present
  • Trellex-Morse (rate effects in marine fenders), 1993
  • Keystone Steel & Wire (analysis of wire carrier), 1987-1988

Professional Registrations

  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Illinois, 1983-present

Research Statement

Professor Phillips has conducted research in the area of biomechanics, publishing one of the first studies on the aging effect in silicone-gel breast implants. He developed a simple but effective load cell for measuring the axial force and twisting moment in wire ropes, such as those used in deep-shaft mines. He also used the then newly-developed pulsed-ruby laser in a photoelastic analysis of mechanical pulse propagation in curved beams.

Professor Phillips oversees testing on the 3 million-pound testing machine in Talbot Laboratory, as well as the machine's calibration to standards set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Phillips, J. W., D. L. DeCamara, M. D. Lockwood, and W. C. Grebner, “Aging and Strength of Silicone Gel Breast Implants,” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 97, 1215–1225, 1996.
  • Korvick, D. L., J. D. Monville, G. J. Pijanowski, and J. W. Phillips, “An Experimental Study of the Effects of Screw Removal on Bone Strain in an Idealized Bone Plate Model,” Veterinary Surgery, 17, 111–116, 1988.
  • Cisko, G. J. and J. W. Phillips, “A Tension–Torsion Load Cell for Wire Rope,” Experimental Techniques, 10, 18–20, 1986.
  • Phillips, J. W. and G. A. Costello, “Analysis of Wire Ropes with Internal-Wire-Rope Cores,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, 52, 510–516, 1985.
  • Costello, G. A. and J. W. Phillips, “Post-Buckling Behavior of Guyed Towers,” Journal of the Structures Division (ASCE), 109, 1450–1459, 1983.
  • Phillips, J. W., “Fracture Mechanics and Experimental Stress Analysis,” Experimental Techniques, 6, 11–13, 1982.
  • Phillips, J. W. and R. J. Sanford, “Effect of Higher-Order Stress Terms on Mode-I Caustics in Birefringent Materials,” American Society for Testing and Materials STP 7, 43, 387–402, 1981.
  • Hu, C. K. and J. W. Phillips, “Pulse Propagation in Fluid-Filled Elastic Curved Tubes,” Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology (ASME), 103, 43–49, 1981.
  • Phillips, J. W. and G. A. Costello, “General Axial Response of Stranded Wire Helical Springs,” International Journal of Nonlinear Mechanics, 14, 247–257, 1979.
  • Costello, G. A. and J. W. Phillips, “Static Response of Stranded Wire Helical Springs,” International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 21, 171–178, 1979.
  • Phillips, J. W., A. F. Mak, and N. E. Ashbaugh, “Stress-Wave Detection of an Edge Crack in an Elastic Rod,” International Journal of Solids and Structures, 14, 141–152, 1978. See also: Phillips, J. W., A. F. Mak, and N. E. Ashbaugh, “On Stress-Wave Detection of Cracks in Bones,” Developments in Mechanics, 8, 19–21, 1977.
  • Phillips, J. W. and G. A. Costello, “Axial Impact of Twisted Wire Cables,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, 44, 127–131, 1977.
  • Walker, J. S. and J. W. Phillips, “Pulse Propagation in Fluid-Filled Tubes,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, 44, 31–35, 1977.
  • Costello, G. A. and J. W. Phillips, “Effective Modulus of Twisted Wire Cables,” Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division (ASCE), 102, 171–181, 1976.
  • Phillips, J. W., P. L. Ransom, and R. M. Singleton, “On the Construction of Holograms with an Ink Plotter,” Computing Graphics and Image Processing, 4, 200–208, 1975.
  • Phillips, J. W., ”Pulse Propagation in a Helix—Theory and Experiment,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, 41, 1047–1051, 1974.
  • Costello, G. A. and J. W. Phillips, “A More Exact Theory for Twisted Wire Cables,” Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division (ASCE), 100, 1096–1099, 1974.
  • Weber, J. A., J. W. Phillips, and G. A. Costello, “A Note on the Elastic Impact of a Bar,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, 41, 529–530, 1974.
  • Crowley, F. B., J. W. Phillips, and C. E. Taylor, “Pulse Propagation in Curved Beams—Theory and Experiment,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, 41, 71–76, 1974.
  • McLaughlin Jr., P. V., S. Majumdar, and J. W. Phillips, “Elastic Behavior, Brittle Failure, and Plastic Flow of Filamentary Materials,” International Journal of Solids and Structures, 9, 951–965, 1973.
  • Costello, G. A. and J. W. Phillips, “Contact Stresses in Thin Twisted Rods (brief note),” Journal of Applied Mechanics, 40, 629–630, 1973.
  • Phillips, J. W. and G. A. Costello, “Contact Stresses in Twisted Wire Cables,” Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division (ASCE), 99, 331–341, 1973.
  • Phillips, J. W. and F. B. Crowley III, “On the Theory of Pulse Propagation in Curved Beams,” Journal of Sound and Vibration, 24, 247–258, 1972.
  • Phillips, J. W. and G. A. Costello, “Large Deflections of Impacted Helical Springs,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 51, 967–973, 1972.
  • Phillips, J. W. and M. Schrock, “Note on Shear Stresses in Accelerating Disks of Variable Thickness,” International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 13, 445–449, 1971.
  • Phillips, J. W., “Stress Pulses Produced During the Fracture of Brittle Tensile Specimens,” International Journal of Solids and Structures, 6, 1403–1412, 1970.
  • Freund, L. B. and J. W. Phillips, “Near Front Singularity for Impact on an Elastic Quarter Space,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 47, 942–943, 1970.
  • Phillips, J. W. and H. H. Calvit, “Impact of a Rigid Sphere on a Visco-Elastic Plate,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, 34, 873–878, 1967.

Teaching Honors

  • Five Year Effective Teaching Award, Mechanical Science and Engineering Alumni Association, 2011
  • Two Year Effective Teaching Award, Mechanical Science and Engineering Alumni Association, 2009
  • Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Student Advising, 2008
  • Robert E. Miller Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2005
  • Daily Illini’s Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, Fall 2003, Spring 2007, Spring 2008
  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, 2002, 2004, 2005
  • Revision of TAM 293-294 senior design project class to encourage participation by Engineering Council award and other engineers in the field as project advisors, 1991-1997

Research Honors

  • Who’s Who in Frontier Science and Technology, 1982
  • International Who’s Who in Engineering, 1980
  • Who’s Who in Technology Today, 1978
  • Who’s Who in Engineering, 1976
  • Who’s Who in the Midwest, 1974
  • American Men and Women of Science, 1972
  • Listed in:
  • Certificate of Merit, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, 1998
  • Experimental Techniques Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 1987
  • NSF Research Initiation Grant, 1973-1974
  • Summer Faculty Fellowships, 1970, 1971

Public Service Honors

  • Special Citation, International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2000
  • Calibration of the 3,000,000-lb universal testing machine in Talbot Laboratory to NBS (now NIST) standards, to enhance UIUC facility’s value to Illinois industry, 1983, 1991, 2000, 2008

Other Honors

  • Member, Tau Beta Pi
  • Member, Sigma Xi

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