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
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
et al., 2022, Effects of geometry and boundary constraint on the stiffness and negative Poisson's ratio behaviour of auxetic metamaterials under quasi-static and impact loading, International Journal of Impact Engineering, Vol:169, ISSN:0734-743X
Reali L, Balint DS, Wenman MR, 2022, Dislocation modelling of the plastic relaxation and thermal ratchetting induced by zirconium hydride precipitation, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol:167, ISSN:0022-5096, Pages:104988-104988
et al., 2022, Solid-state hot forge bonding of aluminium-steel bimetallic gears: Deformation mechanisms, microstructure and mechanical properties, International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, Vol:180, ISSN:0890-6955