Time Dependent Materials



Chair: Jevan Furmanski | University of Dayton Research Institute Email
Vice-Chair: Aaron Forster | National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Email
Secretary: Pavan Kolluru | Texas A&M University Email




There are many problems in modern engineering practice that require a detailed knowledge of how materials respond to loads over extended periods of time in a variety of applications and designs. Metals, as well as soils and concrete, exhibit creep behavior under certain conditions and this phenomenon has been traditionally incorporated into engineering education and practice.


During the past few decades, polymers and their composites have increasingly entered the domain of engineering design. These are the time-dependent materials par excellence. Their inroads into mechanical engineering practice has multiplied the need for deepening of our understanding of the role of time-dependence in materials behavior.

The Division intends to include in its purview also other time-dependent materials such as metals and ceramics at high temperatures, as well as wood and soils.

Wolfgang Knauss Young Investigator Award

This award will be given annually by the SEM in recognition of an individual who has made significant research contributions to the broad field of experimental mechanics, with a focus on time dependent materials.