Experimental Mechanics Laboratory (EML) was established in January 2012 to conduct basic and applied research in the area of mechanics of nontraditional materials. Specifically, our research is focused on the mechanics of polymers, composites and smart materials.

In the area of polymer mechanics, we investigate the response of dense and foamed polymers to extreme loading scenarios in harsh operating conditions with emphasis on the changes in physical, mechanical, hygrothermal, and dynamic properties. The objective of this research is to design superior multi-layer active or passive armors to resist biomechanical and blast impacts. In other words, we seek to protect humans who either are riding their bikes in the park or defending our nation in hostile combat zones.

In the area of composite materials, we are trying to extend the applicability of mechanics of composite materials to biological systems in response to various physiological loading scenarios by elucidating the significance of nature-optimized structures. Here, we leverage well-established mechanics theories, such as Classical Lamination theory and Modified Lamination theory as well as micromechanics formulation to revolutionize the medical implants’ design, compatibility, and performance. Currently, EML is focusing on the design of game-changer intervertebral disc implants.

In the area of smart materials, the focus is on strategically leveraging materials and structural mechanics to inspire multifunctionality that includes load bearing, heat management, fluid management, electrical distribution, electromagnetic coupling, sensing and structural health monitoring simultaneously. In short, we strive to realize high energy efficient, low power consumption, high strength-to-weight ratio multifunctional structure for terrestrial and extraterrestrial applications.


Please visit our Research page or contact Dr. Youssef for more information.