Mechanics and Materials (M&M) involves an interdisciplinary spectrum of research concerned with the study of deformation, fracture, fatigue, and failure of solids at different time and length scales (from atoms to planets) through advanced analytical, computational, and experimental techniques.
Advances in M&M over the past twenty years have been critical in a number of technologies and industries, including: nanotechnologies, defense, micro- and nano-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS\NEMS), microelectronics, coatings for high temperature and extreme environments, lightweight materials, aerospace and naval applications, bioengineering and biomedicine, and new energy systems. Research conducted IN the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University addresses multiple material systems, such as metals, polymers, ceramics, soft materials, biomaterials, active materials, composites, and geological and planetary materials.
Current research directions include but are not limited to: fatigue crack initiation, hydrogen embrittlement, hypervelocity impact, shocks and wave propagation, nanomaterials, constitutive modeling, damage evolution, failure prediction, nonlinear mechanics of solids, thermal barrier coatings, high-strain-rate behavior and dynamic failure processes, deformation and failure mechanisms across multiple scales, growth and remodeling of fibrous soft tissues, planetary impact, asteroid disruption, injury biomechanics, and in situ testing of materials.
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