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Murat Vural, Ph.D.

Murat Vural
Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Office: 

RE-253D

Phone: 

312.567.3181

Fax: 

312.567.7230

Email: 

Education 

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

Expertise 

Experimental Solid Mechanics

Dynamic Response and Constitutive Modeling of Materials

Mechanics of Cellular Solids

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

Awards 

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).

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.

Professional Society Memberships 

Publications 

KOZMEL, T.; VURAL, M.; TIN, S. (2016) "EBSD characterization of shear band formation in aluminum armor alloys", Journal of Materials Science, 51: 7554-7570.

AYYAGARI, R.S; VURAL, M. (2016) "On the nature of pressure dependence in foams", International Journal of Solids and Structures, 78:160-173.

KOZMEL, T.; VURAL, M.; TIN, S. (2015) "EBSD analysis of high strain rate application Al-Cu based alloys", Materials Science & Engineering A, 630: 99-106.

AYYAGARI, R.S; VURAL, M. (2015) "Multiaxial yield surface of transversely isotropic foams: Part I- Modeling", Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 74: 49-67.

SHAFIQ, M.; AYYAGARI, R.S; EHAAB, M.; VURAL, M. (2015) "Multiaxial yield surface of transversely isotropic foams: Part II- Experimental", Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 76: 224-236.

GU, Y.B.; ZHUANG, S.; VURAL, M.; MOLINARI, A.; RAVICHANDRAN, G. (2010) "Upstream jetting phenomenon in planar shock wave experiments with ceramic powders", Shock Waves, 20:387-393.

VURAL, M.; MOLINARI, A.; BHATTACHARYYA, N. (2010) "Analysis of slot orientation in shear-compression specimen (SCS)", Experimental Mechanics, 51:263-273.

ALKHADER, M.; VURAL, M. (2010) "A plasticity model for pressure-dependent anisotropic cellular solids", International Journal of Plasticity, 26:1591-1605.

PATKI, A.S.; VURAL, M.; GOSZ, M. (2010) "Confined compression of dental composites for Class I restorations", in press, Journal of Composite Materials, 45(18):1863-1872. 

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.