Aerospace Structures

What is going on in structural mechanics research at Illinois?

The research being conducted in structural mechanics is very diverse. Some of the current projects focus on various aspects of anisotropic, stochastic, linear and nonlinear viscoelastics, others focus on hierarchical learning networks, solid propellant and filament-wound rock cases, and thick thermosetting matrix composite manufacturing. There are currently fifteen active research projects in structural mechanics. Several of these projects are sponsored by government agencies, leading industry companies, and other universities such as: the U. S. Department of Defense, NASA, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Portland State University, the University of Delaware, and Florida Atlantic University. The research is conducted by faculty members, numerous graduate students, undergraduate students, and visiting scholars.

Who are the faculty members in the area?

  • Phillip J. Ansell- Applied aerodynamics, flight mechanics, flow control, unsteady aerodynamics, unsteady flows, wake and shear flows, experimental aerodynamics, flow control, aircraft design, aircraft performance, aerodynamic measurement technology
  • Maciej Balajewicz- Aeroelasticity, developing theoretical and computational tools for low-dimensional modeling of high-dimensional systems, model order reduction, machine learning, system identification.
  • Harry H. Hilton- Solid mechanics, viscoelasticity, composites, structures, dynamics, numerical analysis, computer-aided engineering, aeroelasticity, structural control
  • Kai James- Multidisciplinary design optimization, topology optimization, aeroelasticity, computational solid mechanics, nonlinear mechanics, additive manufacturing, multiscale modeling of materials
  • Scott R. White- Manufacturing of composites, composite materials, biomimetic multi-functional materials, self-healing materials, smart materials.