During the last 10-15 years, the main emphasis of the research at the division has been given to constitutive modeling and to computational mechanics; advanced methods have been applied to classical engineering problems.
The research on constitutive modeling has been based on a phenomenological approach and topics like thermodynamics, localization, plasticity/viscoplasticty and high-cycle fatigue have been considered. A good international level was achieved as exemplified by the state-of-the-art book published 2005 by Elsevier. Gradually, the research has shifted towards large strain plasticity and texture development with applications, for instance, within fiber-mechanics.
Today, the research at the division is focused towards fields that presently are given great international attention and – at the same time – fields of which some are quite distant from traditional solid mechanics. Examples are micromechanics, modeling of piezoceramics, evolution of the microstructure, coupled phenomena, recrystallization, phase transformations, smart materials, diffusion processes and nanomechanics. Some of these research areas are further discussed, following the links below. For a more general overview, visit our publication page.
The main research areas at the Division of Solid Mechanics include: