Dynamic Behavior of Brittle Materials

When: July 31- August 1, 2014

Instructor: Ghatu Subhash, PhD, Knox T. Millsaps Professor, UF Research Foundation Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida

Location: Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Campus, Baltimore, MD

About the course:

The course presents a range of fundamental issues in dynamic response of brittle materials with emphasis on the relationship between material selection, properties and performance in dynamic applications. It is mainly aimed at entry level graduate students, engineers, and researchers with interest in applications of ceramics to rapidly applied loads. The contents of the course are as follows:

  • Brief history of applications of ceramics
  • Introduction to the light-weight ceramic system for dynamic applications, relevance of material properties, importance of material selection, mechanisms in confined ceramics, various phases of evolved damage during dynamics loading, and the effect of confinement on dynamic ceramic behavior.
  • Dynamic testing methods (phenomenological, design oriented, and material characterization approaches)
  • A review of the fundamentals of wave propagation, dynamic fracture, and high strain rate experimental methods
  • Characterization methods along with spectrographic methods
  • Modeling of impact response of ceramics including mechanistic-based and statistical-based approaches.
  • The effects of confinement on brittle fracture, fragmentation, and communition.
  • Impact response of transparent materials (sapphire, AlON, Spinel, strengthened glasses and others), damage propagation characteristics, stress wave interactions, and fragmentation processes
  • Future demands, requirements, and technological pathways for development of light-weight ceramic materials and systems

About the instructor:


Ghatu Subhash is a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of Florida, Gainesville FL. He has been conducting research on dynamic response of ceramics for more than 20 years. He obtained his MS and PhD degrees from University of California San Diego and conducted post-doctoral research at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. Prof. Subhash has co-authored more than 140 peer reviewed journal papers and 70 conference proceedings in various fields related to processing, microstructural characterization and dynamic multiaxial behavior of materials including ceramics, metals, composites, gels and brain tissue. He has also filed 10 invention disclosures and 6 patents. He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, research and professional service, including the ‘Technology Innovator Award’ University of Florida (2014), UF Research Foundation Professor (2013), College of Engineering Teacher/Scholar of the year (2013), ‘2011 Researcher of the Year’ Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Second Place-Best paper Awards at the Annual American Ceramic Society meeting (2008), Michigan Tech Distinguished Research Award (2005), ASME Fellow (2004), ASME Student Section Advisor Award (2003), Society of Automotive Engineer’s Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (2000), and American Society of Engineering Education Outstanding New Mechanics Educator (1996). He is an Associate Editor of Mechanics of Materials, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Experimental Mechanics and ASME Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology.


Continental breakfast, lunch, the informal social and course materials are included in the cost of registration.

Registration for this event is now closed.


All of the course events will take place in Malone Hall room G-33 / G35 unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, July 31

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Short Course

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM: Lunch

12:45 PM- 4:00 PM: Short Course

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Informal Social

Friday, August 1

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Short Course

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM: Lunch

12:45 – 1:00 PM: Short Course Concludes

1:00 PM- 3:00 PM: Tour of HEMI facilities (optional)

Travel and Accommodations:

For those traveling by air, we recommend flying in to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore.
Shuttle, taxi and rental car options are readily available at BWI for a reasonable price.
For those traveling by train, Baltimore’s Penn Station is a 10 minute drive from campus.
The Inn at the Colonnade is located within walking distance of Homewood Campus.

Cancellation Policy:

HEMI reserves the right to cancel a course up to 2 weeks before the scheduled presentation date. Please contact the HEMI office to confirm that the course is happening before making non-refundable travel arrangements.

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