Imperial College London

Professor Dan Balint

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Professor in Solid Mechanics



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Dan Balint is Professor of Solid Mechanics and the Head of the Mechanics of Materials Division in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is also Associate Editor of European Journal of Mechanics / A - Solids. He has expertise in theoretical and computational solid mechanics with primary emphasis on the micromechanics of crystalline materials (metals and ceramics); dislocation and defect (e.g. solute atoms, irradiation damage, interfaces and grain boundaries) interactions and correlation to failure mechanisms and mechanical properties; discrete dislocation plasticity methods; multilayer thin film evolution and failure (e.g. thermal barrier, environmental and wear coatings); metal forming methods; fracture and deformation in metals (e.g. steel, titanium, zirconium alloys) and paints (multilayers for art conservation); material (intrinsic) size effects; hydrogen in metals; structured, cellular and auxetic materials.

Prior to joining the faculty in 2006, Prof. 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. Prof. Balint has also worked as a consultant for many companies and industrial sectors, including US Air Force, Rolls Royce, BP, QinetiQ, Exponent, Element 6, Doncasters, Embody Orthopaedic, Ipeco, Lovells, NPL, ESI, RoboFold and GCG.

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



Piao Y, Balint DS, 2024, On the role of plastic relaxation in stress assisted grain boundary oxidation, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol:185, ISSN:0022-5096

Wang W, Chan CK, Wang Y, et al., 2024, Fabricating carbon steel/Ti composites through forge-welding via in-situ interfacial reaction of Ni coating, Materials Science and Engineering: A, Vol:893, ISSN:0921-5093

Hortelano-Roig D, Kumar R, Balint DS, et al., 2023, Discrete dislocation dynamics simulations of 怈a怉-type prismatic loops in zirconium, International Journal of Plasticity, Vol:171, ISSN:0749-6419

Ebrahimi MT, Balint DS, Dini D, 2023, An analytical solution for multiple inclusions subject to a general applied thermal field, Journal of Thermal Stresses, Vol:46, ISSN:0149-5739, Pages:1180-1198

Wang W, Balint DS, Shirzadi AA, et al., 2023, Imparted benefits on mechanical properties by achieving grain boundary migration across voids, Acta Materialia, Vol:256, ISSN:1359-6454, Pages:1-12

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