# Mechanics and Materials

### Focus Areas

#### Theoretical mechanics

- Constitutive modeling – viscoelasticity, plasticity, viscoplasticity
- Damage mechanics, fracture and fatigue
- Mechanics of porous media
- Crystal mechanics
- Scaling theories
- Finite plastic deformation

#### Experimental mechanics

- Micromechanics – nanoindentation, nanoscratch, and rheometry
- Durability and damage mechanics
- Chemo-mechanics
- Low- and high-cycle fatigue, fracture, permanent deformation
- Integration of material, component and system testing
- Nondestructive evaluation

#### Computational Mechanics

- Finite element analysis and related methods
- Inverse problems and optimization
- Data-driven methods and machine learning
- Multiscale modeling – hierarchical and concurrent

#### Applications to specific materials

- Asphalt and asphalt concrete
- Cementitious materials and concrete
- Composites – fiber reinforced polymers
- Geological materials – shale, sandstone, carbonates and soil
- Metals and alloys – single crystals and polycrystalline materials
- Sustainable bio-materials

### Faculty

### Graduate Course Requirements

The **Master of Science (MS)** degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study including up to 6 credit hours for a thesis and a final oral examination. Every student is expected work closely with his/her academic advisor to develop a well-coordinated plan of course work to supplement and complement their research.

The **Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)** degree normally includes one academic year of full-time course work beyond the master’s degree. The major component of the Ph.D. program is preparation of a dissertation reporting the results of an original investigation that represents a significant contribution to knowledge.

#### Facilities and Centers

- Constructed Facilities Laboratory (CFL)
- Structural Engineering and Materials Labs
- Geotechnical Engineering Lab

- Nanomechanical Testing Facility
- Integrated Materials and Component Testing Laboratory (
*i*MCTL) - Asphalt Materials and Testing Laboratory
- Virtual Computing Laboratory (VCL)
- Center for High Performance Computing
- Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF)
- NCSU Nanofabrication Facility

### Our Research In Action

#### Graduate Courses

**Primary Courses – Mechanics of Materials**

Course Number | Course Name |

CE 515 |
Advanced Strength of Materials |

CE 714 |
Stress Waves |

CE 718 |
Constitutive Modeling of Engineering Materials |

CE 741 |
Geomechanics of Stress Deformation |

CE 742 |
Deformation and Instability of Soils |

CE 759 |
Inelastic Behavior of Construction Materials |

CE 794 |
Advanced Topics in Structures and Mechanics |

MAE 543 |
Fracture Mechanics |

MAE 730 |
Modern Plasticity |

PY 543 |
Introduction to the Structure of Solids |

**Primary Courses – Computational Methods and Mathematics**

Course Number | Course Name |

CE 526 |
Finite Element Method in Structural Engineering |

CE 536 |
Introduction to Numerical Methods for Civil Engineers |

CE 721 |
Advanced Finite Element Methods |

CE 793N |
Modeling and Computing for Geotechnical Engineering |

MA 501 |
Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists I |

MA 502 |
Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists II |

**Primary Courses – Materials Behavior and Engineering**

Course Number | Course Name |

CE 548 |
Engineering Properties of Soils I |

CE 594 |
Properties of Concrete and Advanced Cement-Based Composites |

CE 595 |
Bituminous Materials |

CE 595 |
Multiscale Characterization of Asphalt Materials |

CE 751 |
Theory of Concrete Mixtures |

CE 790 |
Advanced Topics in Civil Engineering |

CE 793B |
Physicochemical and Biological Aspects of Soil Behavior |

CE 794 |
Modeling Behavior of Infrastructure Materials |

**Related Courses**

Course Number | Course Name |

CE 522 |
Theory and Design of Prestressed Concrete |

CE 523 |
Theory and Behavior of Steel Structures |

CE 524 |
Analysis and Design of Masonry Structures |

CE 528 |
Structural Design in Wood |

CE 529 |
FRP Strengthening and Repair of Concrete Structures |

CE 537 |
Computer Methods and Applications |

CE 549 |
Soil and Site Improvement |

CE 594C |
Nondestructive Evaluation of Civil Infrastructure |

CE 724 |
Probabilistic Methods of Structural Engineering |

CE 726 |
Advanced Theory of Concrete Structures |

CE 737 |
Computer-Aided Engineering Systems |

CE 744 |
Foundation Engineering |

CE 746 |
Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering |

CE 747 |
Geosynthetics in Geotechnical Engineering |

CE 755 |
Highway Pavement Design |

CE 757 |
Pavement Management Systems |

BAE 528 |
Biomass to Renewable Energy Processes |

BME 550 |
Medical Imaging: Ultrasonic, Optical, and Magnetic Resonance Systems |

BME (TE) 566 |
Polymeric Biomaterials Engineering |

MA 513 |
Introduction to Complex Variables |

MA 520 |
Linear Algebra |

MA 573 |
Mathematical Modeling of Physical and Biological Processes I |

MA 574 |
Mathematical Modeling of Physical and Biological Processes II |

MAE 531 |
Engineering Design Optimization |

MAE 536 |
Micro/Nano Electromechanical Systems |

MAE 537 |
Mechanics of Composite Materials |

MAE (MSE) 539 |
Advanced Materials |

MAE 546 |
Photonic Sensor Applications in Structure |

MSE 531 |
Physical Metallurgy |

MSE 540 |
Processing of Metallic Materials |

MSE 545 |
Ceramic Processing |

MSE 555 |
Polymer Technology and Engineering |

MSE 556 |
Composite Materials |

MSE 712 |
Scanning Electron Microscopy |

MSE 741 |
Principles of Corrosion |

MSE 791 |
Introduction to Nanomaterials |

PY 511 |
Mechanics I |

PY 512 |
Mechanics I |

PY 519 |
Biological Physics |

PY 525 |
Computational Physics |

PY 519 |
Biological Physics |

PY 525 |
Computational Physics |

PY (TE) 570 |
Polymer Physics |

PY 753 |
Introduction To the Structure Of Solids II |

SSC 511 |
Soil Physics |

SSC 521 |
Soil Chemistry |

SSC 532 |
Soil Microbiology |

TE (TT) (TTM) 533 |
Lean Six Sigma Quality |

TE (BME) 566 |
Polymeric Biomaterials Engineering |

TMS 500 |
Fiber and Polymer Microscopy |

TMS (TE) 565 |
Textile Composites |

TMS 761 |
Mechanical and Rheological Properties Of Fibrous Material |

TMS 762 |
Physical Properties Of Fiber Forming Polymers, Fibers and Fibrous Structures |

TMS (MSE) 763 |
Characterization Of Structure Of Fiber Forming Polymers |