Mechanical Integrity of Energy Systems
The development of efficient and reliable energy systems requires an understanding of the mechanical behaviour of materials. Mechanical models are essential to optimize design, to understand and predict failure of mechanical parts, and to thus ensure the integrity and reliability of mechanical components. Classical, but for many applications still unresolved questions reside in the definition of equations that describe the non-linear, time and history dependent force-deformation behaviour of materials (consti-tutive modelling, continuum mechanics) as well as the service history dependent deterioration of ma-terials (damage mechanics), and in the development of analytical and numerical models of the re-sponse of complex systems involving adaptive materials and structures. We investigate these phenomena for applications of existing and new high temperature materials, vibration damping, in-spection and health monitoring in energy technologies and transportation.