Research and development programs in engineering mechanics include manufacturing process simulation, fracture mechanics, transient solid dynamics, probabilistic structural analysis, and thermo-mechanical structural behavior. Problems in these areas are solved with the use of experiments and sophisticated computer programs, many developed at SwRI. Results are based on knowledge of the mechanics of materials ranging from standard structural alloys to developmental, advanced composites.
The Engineering Mechanics Department offers:
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.