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    Murat Vural, PhD - Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

    Murat Vural, PhD

    Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

    Office: E1-253D

    Phone: 312.567.3181
    Fax: 312.567.7230
    Email: vural@iit.edu
    Web: Personal Webpage
         

    Expertise

    • Experimental Solid Mechanics
    • Dynamic Response and Constitutive Modeling of Materials
    • Mechanics of Cellular Solids

    Education

    • B.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, 1989
    • M.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, 1991
    • Ph.D. Aeronautical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, 1998
    • Post-Doc, Graduate Aeronautical Labs, California Insitute of Technology, 2000-2003

    Research

    Mechanical response, microstructural failure/damage characterization and constitutive modeling of traditional as well as advanced materials under a wide range of loading conditions including high-strain-rates, multiaxial stress states and elevated temperatures.

    Some of the recent research topics are:

    High-strain-rate constitutive response, failure characterization and yield surface modeling of cellular solids

    Thermo-mechanical coupling and adiabatic shear banding in metals

    Mechanical response of dental composites as a function of loading rate and stress multiaxiality

    High-strain-rate testing techniques

    Current Projects

    Awards/Honors

    • MMAE James W. Dally Excellence in Research Award (2011)
    • Associate Technical Editor, Journal of Experimental Mechanics (since 2010)
    • NSF Fellowship to NSF Summer Institute on Nanoscale Mechanics, Bio-Inspired Hierarchical Structures, and Potential Applications, (June 6-10, 2005)
    • NSF Fellowship to the Summer Institute on Nanoscale Mechanical Characterization - The Theory and Practice of Contact Probe Techniques, (August 11-15, 2003)
    • NSF Fellowship to the Summer Institute on Nanoscale Mechanical Characterization - The Theory and Practice of Contact Probe Techniques, (August 11-15, 2003)
    • Department of Defense (Turkey) Practical Training Fellowship, for 6 months (1992 1993).

    Patents

    Books

    • KIDD, T.H.; VURAL, M.; RAVICHANDRAN, G. (2009) "Transverse response of unidirectional composites under a wide range of confinements and strain rates", in: A Shukla et al. (Eds.), Dynamic Failure of Materials and Structures, Springer, NY.
    • VURAL, M.; RAVICHANDRAN, G. (2009) "Experimental and analytical analysis of mechanical response and deformation mode selection in balsa wood", in: I.M. Daniels et al. (Eds.), Major Accomplishments in Composite Materials and Sandwich Structures An Anthology of ONR Sponsored Research, Springer, NY.

    Selected Publications

    VURAL, M.; MOLINARI, A.; BHATTACHARYYA, N. (2009) " Analysis of slot orientation in shear-compression specimen (SCS)", Accepted for publication in Experimental Mechanics

    ALKHADER, M.; VURAL, M. (2009) "A plasticity model for pressure-dependent anisotropic cellular solids", Accepted for publication in International Journal of Plasticity

    ALKHADER, M.; VURAL, M. (2009) "The partition of elastic strain energy in solid foams and lattice structures", Acta Materialia, 57(8): 2429-2439

    VURAL, M.; CARO, J. (2009) "Experimental analysis and constitutive modeling for the newly developed 2139-T8 alloy", Materials Science and Engineering A, 520: 56-65

    ALKHADER, M.; VURAL, M. (2009) "An energy-based anisotropic yield criterion for cellular solids and validation by biaxial FE simulations", Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 57(5): 871-890

    ALKHADER, M.; VURAL, M. (2008) "Mechanical response of cellular solids: Role of cellular topology and microstructural irregularity", International Journal of Engineering Sciences, 46: 1035-1051

    KOTCHE, M.; DRUMMOND, J.L.; SUN, K.; VURAL, M.; DECARLO, F. (2008) "Multiaxial Analysis of Dental Composite Materials", Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B - Applied Biomaterials, 88B(2): 412-418

    VURAL, M.; RAVICHANDRAN, G. (2004) "Failure mode transition and energy dissipation in naturally occurring composites", Composites Part B - Eng, 35(6-8): 639-646

    VURAL, M.; RAVICHANDRAN, G. (2004) "Transverse failure in thick S2-glass/epoxy fiber reinforced composites", Journal of Composite Materials, 38(7): 609-623

    VURAL, M.; RAVICHANDRAN, G. (2003) "Microstructural aspects and modeling of failure in naturally occurring porous composites", Mechanics of Materials, 35(3-6): 523-536

    VURAL, M.; RAVICHANDRAN, G. (2003) "Dynamic response and energy dissipation characteristics of balsa wood: experiment and analysis", International Journal of Solids and Structures, 40(9): 2147-2170

    VURAL, M.; RITTEL, D. (2003) "An educational visualization technique for Kolsky (split Hopkinson) bar", Experimental Techniques, 27(6): 35-39

    VURAL, M.; RITTEL, D.; RAVICHANDRAN, G. (2003) "Large strain mechanical behavior of 1018 steel over a wide range of strain rates", Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 34A(12): 2873-2885

    VURAL, M.; ZEYTIN, S.; UCISIK, A.H. (1997) "Plasma sprayed oxide ceramics on steel substrates", Surface & Coating Technology, 97, 347-354

    Professional Society Memberships

    Department of Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Engineering
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    243 Engineering 1 Building
    Chicago, IL 60616-3793
    Phone: 312.567.3175
    Fax: 312.567.7230