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. 



Dzepina B, Balint D, Dini D, 2019, A phase field model of pressure-assisted sintering, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Vol:39, ISSN:0955-2219, Pages:173-182

Waheed S, Zheng Z, Balint DS, et al., 2019, Microstructural effects on strain rate and dwell sensitivity in dual-phase titanium alloys, Acta Materialia, Vol:162, ISSN:1359-6454, Pages:136-148

Mercer C, Lee J, Balint DS, 2018, An investigation of the mechanical behavior of three-dimensional low expansion lattice structures fabricated via laser printing, Composite Structures, Vol:206, ISSN:0263-8223, Pages:80-94

Ebrahimi MT, Dini D, Balint DS, et al., 2018, Discrete crack dynamics: A planar model of crack propagation and crack-inclusion interactions in brittle materials, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol:152, ISSN:0020-7683, Pages:12-27

Verschueren J, Gurrutxaga-Lerma B, Balint DS, et al., 2018, Instabilities of High Speed Dislocations, Physical Review Letters, Vol:121, ISSN:0031-9007

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