Organization profile

Organisation profile

Solid mechanics is about understanding the way engineering materials respond to loading to improve the efficiency and safety of structures. The Solid Mechanics group has a long tradition of undertaking industrially motivated research which studies how materials behave when they are subjected to thermal and mechanical loads. The group has expertise in both metallic and non-metallic materials and undertakes research using advanced numerical and analytical methods, validated by experimental testing. A key motivation for this research is structural integrity assessment.

Within the broad area of solid mechanics, the main interests of the group are composite materials, adhesive joints, residual stress, non-destructive testing, fracture, fatigue and tribology. The Solid Mechanics group is the largest research group within the Department with eight members of academic staff. The group has formed a number of strong relationships with other UK Universities, Overseas Universities and industry.

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Research areas

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    Research Output

    Probabilistic Methods for Engineering Problems

    Booker, J. D., Hoole, J. & Zentuti, N. A. M., 1 Jan 2022, (In preparation) Oxford: Elsevier Limited. 500 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

  • A novel methodology for estimating tensile properties in a small punch test employing in-situ DIC based deflection mapping

    Vijayanand, V. D., Mokhtarishirazabad, M., Peng, J., Wang, Y., Gorley, M., Knowles, D. M. & Mostafavi, M., 21 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Nuclear Materials.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Projects

    Student theses

    A modelling approach to design of ultrasonic tweezers devices

    Author: Matos Silva Junior, A., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Drinkwater, B. W. (Supervisor) & Wilcox, P. D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    An investigation into the effects of scaling on structural integrity assessments

    Author: Orrock, P., 8 May 2018

    Supervisor: Truman, C. (Supervisor), Booker, J. (Supervisor) & Smith, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Detection of kissing bonds with non-collinear nonlinear ultrasound

    Author: Alston, J., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Croxford, A. (Supervisor) & Ivanov, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)



    John Grimwade Medal

    Drinkwater, Bruce W (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Membership of the Academia NDT International

    Drinkwater, Bruce W (Recipient), Jun 2010

    Prize: National/international honour

    Royal Aeronautical Tean Bronze Award

    Booker, Julian D (Recipient), 26 Nov 2018

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    IMechE (External organisation)

    Julian D Booker (Advisor)


    Activity: Membership typesAdvisory work for/on national or international committee or working group

    External Examiner at Cranfield University

    Julian D Booker (Examiner)


    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examination and Supervision

    Designs (Journal)

    Julian D Booker (Editorial board member)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity