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David M. Parks

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 1-308
Cambridge MA 02139
(617) 253-0033

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical behavior of engineering materials forms a central theme of research interest. Material-specific mechanisms of deformation and failure motivate the development of novel continuum constitutive models that are incorporated within finite-element codes to explore initial boundary-value problems of interest at both macroscopic and microstructural scales. Recent topics of particular interest include ductile failure of high- strength steels under low stress triaxiality, mechanics of hardness in ultrahard ceramic coatings, strain-induced crystallization and melting in natural rubber, and effects of lattice strain on low-temperature phonon-mediated superconductivity.

Selected Publications

M. Danielsson, D.M. Parks and M.C. Boyce. 2007 Micromechanics, Macromechanics, and Constitutive Modeling of the Elasto-viscoplastic Deformation of Rubber-toughened Glassy Polymers. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 55: 533-561.

R.G. Veprek, D.M. Parks, A.S. Argon, and S.Veprek. 2006 Non-linear Finite Element Constitutive Modeling of Mechanical Properties of Hard and Superhard Materials Studied by Indentation. Materials Science and Engineering A - Structural Materials Properties Microstructure and Processing 422: 205-217.

A. Pantano, D.M. Parks, M.C. Boyce, and M.B. Nardelli. 2004 Mixed Finite Element-tight-binding Electromechanical Analysis of Carbon Nanotubes. Journal of Applied Physics 96 (11): 6756-6760.