Mechanical Properties of Materials

There is a direct correlation between the microscopic configuration of atoms and molecules and a material's macroscopic, or "functional," properties. Understanding how properties such as transparency or ductility are derived from the atomic structure of a substance enables researchers to manipulate microscopic structures to achieve desired large-scale properties. Faculty and students in Ohio State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering make use of the department’s state-of-the-art testing and characterization equipment to perform research in the following areas:

  • Computer simulation of microstructures and mathematical modeling
  • Microstructural control for quality castings
  • Structure and energy of interphase interfaces
  • The role of interfaces in composites
  • Structure and properties of grain boundaries
  • Crystallization of glasses
  • The role of microstructural heterogeneity in localized corrosion and environmental fracture
  • Deformation mechanisms in high-temperature intermetallics

Extensive facilities for studying the mechanical properties of materials are available on site at Ohio State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. This includes the capability to test both existing and theoretical materials for qualities such as strength, plasticity and hardness. Current programs range from simulating and modeling a variety of forming operations for metals to studying the wear behavior of composites. These investigations employ experimental techniques ranging from the atomic to industrial forming processes and their use in manufacturing operations. Current research includes:

  • Ultra high rate forming
  • Toughening of ceramics and intermetallics
  • Hardness of multi-layered metallic composites
  • Creep and damage of stainless steels
  • Plasticity theory, simulation and application
  • Sheet metal forming
  • Flow of porous ductile materials
  • Micromechanisms of polycrystalline deformation
  • Dislocation motion
  • Formation of nanocrystals by mechanical means
  • Brittle failure in layered systems
Mechanical Properties of Materials
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Peter Anderson
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Hamish Fraser
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Joerg Jinschek
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Aeriel D.M. Leonard
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Alan Luo
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Yunzhi Wang
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