With a long tradition of using applied mechanics to solve industrially-motivated problems, the Solid Mechanics Group is Bristol's centre for materials engineering and structural integrity. We form part of the Queen's School of Engineering and the South-West Nuclear Hub. Our research focusses on mechanisms of material and structural failure.
We study what makes things strong and what makes things fail: from sudden events like brittle fracture to the long-term creep of materials at high temperature. Our work allows engineers to design ever more reliable and efficient structures, and to predict the behaviour of existing ones.