Solid mechanics is the branch of physics and mathematics that concerns the behavior of solid matter under external actions. It has been advanced by participating in major inventions throughout history, such as buildings, ships, automobiles, railways, petroleum refineries, engines, airplanes, nuclear reactors, composite materials, computers, and medical implants. In such connections, the discipline is also known as engineering mechanics, often practiced within civil engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, nuclear engineering, structural engineering, and bioengineering.
The basic research topics include but are not limited to:
- nonlinear elasticity; constitutive modeling of solids at large strains, numerical analysis of static and wave propagation problems;
- viscoelasticity and plasticity; nonlinear creep, non-isothermic dynamic visco-plasticity; constitutive equations for geomaterials;
- mechanical properties of coated fabrics;
- failure criteria for composite materials;
- fracture mechanics; fracture under dynamic loading, large strain effects in fracture of elastic solids; and
- continuum damage mechanics.