Professor of Mechanical Engineering6149 Etcheverry Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1740
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Professor Johnson’s research can be broadly categorized as materials characterization at the intersection of mechanical engineering and materials science. The thrust of his effort is to under-stand macroscopic material behavior in terms of its microstructure and to develop material models that accurately capture the response of a wide range of materials. His recent work falls into four areas: 1) microscopic modeling of failure modes in brittle materials, 2) understanding the failure of materials under impact loading, 3) developing macroscopic material models for the large-deformation response of metals, and 4) application of X-ray tomography with micron-level resolution to visualize the growth of damage in structural materials. Professor Johnson is also currently the Chair of the Board on Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS), a committee of the systemwide Academic Senate for the University of California.
Elasticity/plasticity, acoustoelasticity, instrumentation, materials behavior, materials characterization, sensors, texture analysis, thin shells deformation, ultrasonic stress analysis, x-rays.