Solid Mechanics

Bristol's centre for materials engineering and structural integrity.

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 School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the South-West Nuclear Hub. Our research focusses on mechanisms of material and structural failure.

Research

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.

The constant demand to ensure safety and fitness-for-purpose of critical components and industrial plant operating in ever more demanding conditions and environments, such as extended periods of service or elevated temperatures, drives the need for innovative, advanced and exciting mechanics solutions

Professor Chris Truman, Head of Group
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