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. 



Zhang B, Mohammed IK, Wang Y, et al., 2018, On the use of HCP and FCC RVE structures in the simulation of powder compaction, Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design, Vol:53, ISSN:0309-3247, Pages:338-352

Zheng Z, Waheed S, Balint DS, et al., 2018, Slip transfer across phase boundaries in dual phase titanium alloys and the effect on strain rate sensitivity, International Journal of Plasticity, Vol:104, ISSN:0749-6419, Pages:23-38

Bhowmik A, Lee J, Ben Britton T, et al., 2018, Deformation behaviour of [001] oriented MgO using combined in-situ nano-indentation and micro-Laue diffraction, Acta Materialia, Vol:145, ISSN:1359-6454, Pages:516-531

Waheed S, Hao R, Zheng Z, et al., 2018, Temperature-dependent plastic hysteresis in highly confined polycrystalline Nb films, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, Vol:26, ISSN:0965-0393


Shi Z, Wang Y, Lin J, et al., An Investigation, Using Standard Experimental Techniques, to Determine FLCs at Elevated Temperature for Aluminium Alloys, The 3rd International Conference on New Forming Technology

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