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



Roig DH, Kumar R, Balint DS, et al., 2023, Discrete dislocation dynamics simulations of <mml:math xmlns:mml="" display="inline" id="d1e4053" altimg="si6.svg"><mml:mrow><mml:mo>〈</mml:mo><mml:mi>a</mml:mi><mml:mo>〉</mml:mo></mml:mrow></mml:math>-type prismatic loops in zirconium, International Journal of Plasticity, ISSN:0749-6419, Pages:103802-103802

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

Charalambides M, Taylor A, Young C, et al., 2023, A numerical model for predicting the time for crack initiation in wood panel paintings under low-cycle environmentally induced fatigue, Journal of Cultural Heritage, Vol:61, ISSN:1296-2074, Pages:23-31

Xu Y, Balint D, Greiner C, et al., 2023, On the origin of plasticity-induced microstructure change under sliding contacts, Friction, Vol:11, ISSN:2223-7704, Pages:473-488

Reali L, Balint DS, Wenman MR, 2022, Discrete dislocation modelling of ? hydrides in Zr: towards an understanding of the importance of interfacial stresses for crack initiation, Journal of Nuclear Materials, Vol:572, ISSN:0022-3115

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