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John Hutchinson, Harvard University

Fundamentals of the ductile fracture mechanism

John Hutchinson Hutchinson and his collaborators work on problems in solid mechanics concerned with engineering materials and structures. Buckling and structural stability, elasticity, plasticity, fracture and micro-mechanics all figure prominently in their research. Examples of ongoing research activities are (1) efforts to extend plasticity theory to small scales, (2) development of a mechanics framework for assessing the durability of thermal barrier coatings for gas turbine engines, (3) the mechanics and simulation of ductile fracture, and (4) the mechanics of thin films, coatings and multilayers. Hutchinson received his undergraduate degree in Engineering Mechanics at Lehigh University in 1960 and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Harvard University in 1963. He is currently the Lawrence Research Professor of Engineering at Harvard University.
 

 

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