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Welcome to the Applied Mechanics Department webpage.

Applied mechanics is a branch of mechanical engineering that studies the mechanical behavior of engineering materials and structures, the operation of machines and mechanisms and how to control them. Structures and machines are made up of components that can endure a limited level of load. A design engineer is responsible for ensuring that the designed machine or structure is not severely damaged under applied loads or that it has the required life to withstand cyclic loads. Therefore, a good designer should be familiar with the mechanical or thermal loads applied to the structure, its associated stresses as well as its fatigue life estimation. Advances in materials science and the introduction of new materials and structures (such as composites, nanocomposites, biocompatible materials, smart materials, graded materials and materials produced by additive manufacturing), along with more complex and severe operating conditions of structures and machines, require deeper knowledge for a mechanical engineer. Moreover, precise design of dynamic systems, along with optimal control of both rigid and flexible components, is one of the main tasks of an expert designer.

Applied Mechanics Department at IUST’s school of Mechanical Engineering pursues its educational and research activities under two branches of “Solid Mechanics” and Dynamics, Control and Vibrations” and. It was also the first department which launched the graduate program in the school, and is currently accepting students in all three levels of B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD. Among the faculty members, 25 faculty members are active in this department, of which 9 are full members and 16 are associate members. Of the five faculty members in the whole IUST who have attained the rank of Distinguished Professor, three are members of the Applied Mechanics Department. In addition, among the faculty members of the department, we benefit from three nationally selected eminent professors, two national eminent researchers, and two prominent national professors selected by the Academy of Sciences of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Many members also have valuable executive and industrial experiences both nationally and internationally.

In terms of research activities, the Department of Applied Mechanics is one of the most successful departments of the university both in the fundamental research and in the applied and technological investigations. The research studies of faculty members and affiliated research laboratories of the department, have been published as books and scientific articles in prestigious journals and some have solved many industrial needs of our country which all led to a scientific authority of the department both nationally and internationally.

Moreover, the Center of Excellence in Experimental Solid Mechanics and Dynamics in the school of Mechanical Engineering has been established by the Department of Applied Mechanics. This center of excellence has been approved by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. In addition to its basic and applied research activities, this center holds the “Biennial International conference on Experimental Solid Mechanics”.

Dr. Fathollah Taheri-Behrooz
Head of Applied Mechanics Department

Research Areas

Solid Mechanics

In this branch of applied mechanics, the mechanical behavior of solids under the influence of external loads is studied. These behaviors include elastic behavior, strength, yield, plastic deformation, failure, fatigue, and impact resistance. The design, analysis and construction of complex structures made of polymers, metals, composites and a variety of smart materials and cellular structures are among the main research goals in the field of solid mechanics. The solid mechanics branch in the Department of Applied Mechanics is active in these research areas, which are accomplished using various analytical, numerical and experimental methods by professors, students and researchers of this department.

Some of the most important research subjects being accomplished by professors, students and researchers in the solid mechanics branch of this department are:

Polymer composites, Smart materials and structures, Experimental stress analysis, Fracture mechanics, Creep and fatigue, Adhesive joints and structures, Nanocomposites, Material behavior at high strain rate, life estimation of structures, Damage mechanics, Plasticity and Nanotechnology.

Dynamics, Controls and Vibrations

In this branch of mechanical engineering, various mechanical structures are studied under dynamic loadings. Different mechanisms such as robots, rotating and non-rotating machines are subjected to dynamic and vibrational loading. The purpose of this branch is to use experimental, numerical and analytical methods to identify the response of these systems to dynamic stimulation and also to provide methods to control the dynamic motion or vibration of the system.

The Department of Applied Mechanics at the school of Mechanical Engineering is active in the branch of dynamics, control and vibrations in various research fields, including:

Robotics, Acoustics and noise control, Vibration of rotary machines, Impact mechanics, Structural dynamics, Intelligent systems, Wave propagation, Dynamic performance control, Nonlinear vibrations, Intelligent and optimal control

The applied mechanics department is currently in charge of two educational laboratories (Strength of Materials and Dynamics of Machinery) and an educational workshop (Auto mechanics). In addition to educational laboratories, a total of 10 research laboratories have been established by faculty members of the Applied Mechanics department, which now provide an active environment for graduate as well as undergraduate students.

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Educational and Research Labs