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Solid Mechanics and Nano/Bio Mechanics


Solid Mechanics is concerned with deformation, stress, stability, fatigue and fracture of materials and structures under various load conditions. Some important issues addressed by solid mechanics include characterization of new materials, safety analysis of machine components, optimal design for stronger and light-weight mechanical systems, and mechanics of biological materials such as cells, tissues and bones. Analytical, experimental and computational methods are often employed in the research of solid mechanics at the nano, micro, and macro length scales.
Development of the underlying theoretical models for various emerging materials, such as composites, smart materials, nanomaterials and biomaterials, is the main focus in the current research of solid mechanics. Applying the basic mechanics principles and material models, together with modern computational tools, in the design and analysis of mechanical components and systems has gained increasing importance in many industries. Talents with the knowledge of solid mechanics and strong experimental and/or computer modeling skills are always in high demand in automobile, aerospace, consumer product, electronic and many other industries.

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Courses Offered

       Graduate courses related to solid mechanics and nano/bio-mechanics in the Mechanical Engineering program include:
  • Advanced Strength of Materials
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Engineering Elasticity
  • Tissue Biomechanics
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Smart Structures
  • Modeling and Simulation of Solids
  • Finite Element Techniques
  • Advanced Finite Element Method
  • Boundary Element Method
  • Parallel Computing