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. 



Zhou X, Shao Z, Pruncu CI, et al., 2020, A study on central crack formation in cross wedge rolling, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, Vol:279, ISSN:0924-0136

Bhowmik A, Lee J, Adande S, et al., 2020, Investigating spatio-temporal deformation in single crystal Ni-based superalloys using in-situ diffraction experiments and modelling, Materialia, Vol:9, ISSN:2589-1529

Prastiti NG, Xu Y, Balint DS, et al., 2020, Discrete dislocation, crystal plasticity and experimental studies of fatigue crack nucleation in single-crystal nickel, International Journal of Plasticity, Vol:126, ISSN:0749-6419, Pages:1-14

Reali L, El Chamaa S, Balint DS, et al., 2020, Deformation and fracture of zirconium hydrides during the plastic straining of Zr-4, Mrs Advances, Vol:5, ISSN:2059-8521, Pages:559-567

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

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