Imperial College London

Professor Dan Balint

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Professor in Solid Mechanics



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519City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Prof. Balint 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 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.

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



Luan Q, Wang J, Huang Y, et al., 2021, How would the deformation bands affect recrystallization in pure aluminium?, Materials and Design, Vol:209, ISSN:0264-1275

Reali L, Balint DS, Sutton A, et al., 2021, Plastic relaxation and solute segregation to β-Nb second phase particles in Zr-Nb alloys: a discrete dislocation plasticity study, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol:156, ISSN:0022-5096

Charalambides M, Zhang R, Taylor A, et al., 2021, A numerical investigation of interfacial and channelling crack growth rates under low-cycle fatigue in bi-layer materials relevant to cultural heritage, Journal of Cultural Heritage, Vol:49, ISSN:1296-2074, Pages:70-78

Patel M, Reali L, Sutton AP, et al., 2021, A fast efficient multi-scale approach to modelling the development of hydride microstructures in zirconium alloys, Computational Materials Science, Vol:190, ISSN:0927-0256

Mulakkal M, Castillo Castillo A, Taylor A, et al., 2021, Advancing mechanical recycling of multilayer plastics through finite element modelling and environmental policy, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Vol:166, ISSN:0921-3449

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