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Murat Vural, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering









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


Experimental Solid Mechanics

Dynamic Response and Constitutive Modeling of Materials

Mechanics of Cellular Solids


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


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).


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 


VURAL, M.; MOLINARI, A.; BHATTACHARYYA, N. (2009) " Analysis of slot orientation in shear-compression specimen (SCS)", Accepted for publication in Experimental Mechanics

ALKHADER, M.; VURAL, M. (2009) "A plasticity model for pressure-dependent anisotropic cellular solids", Accepted for publication in International Journal of Plasticity

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