Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Reader in Solid Mechanics



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Ph.D., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, 2003
S.M., Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, 2001
B.S., Engineering Mechanics, Michigan State University, 1998

Prior to joining the faculty in 2006, Dr. Balint was a research associate in the Cambridge Centre for Micromechanics, Cambridge University (2003-2005), where he worked on modelling size effects in polycrystalline materials using planar discrete dislocation plasticity. Dr Balint has also worked as an engineer at Exponent, Inc. investigating civil disasters resulting from fatigue and overload fracture in metal structures, and studied the mechanical response of knee, hip and spinal implants in the human body using computational modeling.

Dr. Balint has expertise particularly in the micromechanics of crystalline materials, dislocation and defect modelling, multilayer thin film evolution, fracture and failure (e.g. thermal barrier coatings), and in developing novel metal forming methods. His training was in theoretical solid mechanics, with emphasis on thin films and fracture mechanics. 



Xu Y, Balint D, Dini D, 2019, A new hardness formula incorporating the effect of source density on indentation response: a discrete dislocation plasticity analysis, Surface and Coatings Technology, Vol:374, ISSN:0257-8972, Pages:763-773

Ebrahimi M, Balint D, Sutton A, et al., 2019, A discrete crack dynamics model of toughening in brittle polycrystalline material by crack deflection, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol:214, ISSN:0013-7944, Pages:95-111

Zheng Z, Prastiti NG, Balint DS, et al., 2019, The dislocation configurational energy density in discrete dislocation plasticity, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, ISSN:0022-5096

Wood J, Gauvin C, Young C, et al., Reconstruction of historical temperature and relative humidity cycles within Knole House, Kent, Journal of Cultural Heritage, ISSN:1296-2074

Li Y, Shao Z, Rong Q, et al., 2019, Development of similarity-based scaling criteria for creep age forming of large/extra-large panels, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Vol:101, ISSN:0268-3768, Pages:1537-1551

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