|SUBJECT:||M.S. Thesis Presentation|
|TIME:||Thursday, April 24, 2014, 2:00 p.m.|
|PLACE:||MRDC Building, 4211|
|TITLE:||A Combined Computational and Experimental Study of Heterogeneous Fracture|
|COMMITTEE:||Dr. Shuman Xia, Chair (ME)
Dr. Min Zhou (ME)
Dr. Ting Zhu (ME)
Material property heterogeneity is present ubiquitously in various natural and man-made materials, such as bones, sea shells, rocks, concrete, composites, and functionally graded materials. A fundamental understanding of the structure-property relationships in these material systems is crucial for the development of advanced materials with extreme properties. Well-developed homogenization schemes exist to establish such relationships in elasticity, electrostatics, magnetism, and other time- or history-independent material properties. Nevertheless, oneís understanding of the effective fracture properties of heterogeneous media is remarkably limited.