Materials and Structures

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) offers research and development services in materials sciences, structural and mechanical systems, engineering mechanics, and ballistics through the Mechanical Engineering Division. The division also undertakes a variety of assignments for governmental agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, Transportation, and Interior, NASA, NOAA, the Bureau of Mines, the Coast Guard, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Areas of research include:

  • Materials Sciences
    • Materials Processing
    • Mechanical Metallurgy
    • Failure Analysis and Prevention
    • Corrosion and Stress Corrosion Cracking
    • Polymers and Polymer Composites
    • Ion Implantation and Ion Beam-Assisted Deposition
    • Applied Biomaterials
  • Engineering Mechanics
    • Mechanical Properties
    • Analytical Fracture Mechanics
    • Experimental Fracture Mechanics
    • Ballistic Sciences
    • Computational Mechanics
    • Reliability and Risk Assessment
  • Structural Reliability
    • Aerospace Structures
    • Highway and Roadside Structures
    • Transmission and Distribution Pipelines
    • Oil and Gas Production
    • Industrial Hazards
  • Supporting Technologies and Facilities
    • Nondestructive Evaluation
    • Quality Assurance and Quality Control Program
    • Machine Shop
    • Library Facilities
    • Computer Facilities
    • Short Courses
    • Other Brochures
This brochure was published in April 1997. For more information on materials and structures, contact Dr. Ben H. Thacker, Mechanical Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute, P.O. Drawer 28510, San Antonio, Texas 78228-0510, Phone (210) 522-3896, Fax (210) 522-6965.

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