Dr. Michael H. Santare

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Delaware
208 Spencer Lab
Newark, DE 19716

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Executive Summary

Professor Santare earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University. In 1986, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He was Director of the Orthopedic and Biomechanical Engineering Center (now called the Center for Biomechanical Engineering Research) from 1993-98 and was a founding faculty member of the Biomechanics and Movement Science Program at the University. Dr. Santare is a former recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Fellowship, awarded to spend a semester studying and lecturing on fracture mechanics at the Universidade do Porto in Portugal, and has been elected to the grade of Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

The unifying theme to his research is the mechanics of complex material systems in which microstructure is a key element. Examples of these systems include; composites, fuel cell membranes, biological tissues, functionally graded materials and damaged materials. He employs a combination of analytical, computational and experimental research techniques to develop models to predict the behavior of these materials to external loads. These models are then used to study the relationships between material parameters and mechanical response. In technological systems, this is critical information for engineering design, manufacturing and construction. In natural systems, the load-response behavior of materials is important for the understanding of natural phenomena such as fracture and orthopedic disease.

Key Publications

Chandrasekaran V.C.S, Advani, S.G., Santare, M.H., "Role of Processing on Interlaminar Shear Strength Enhancement of Epoxy/Glass fiber/Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Composites," Carbon v. 48, #13, p. 3692-99, 2010

Kusoglu, A., Santare, M.H., Karlsson, A.M., "Mechanics-Based Model for Non-Affine Swelling in Perfluorosulfonic Acid (PFSA) Membranes," Polymer, v. 50, #11, p. 2481-91, 2009

Su, D., Santare, M.H., Gazonas, G.A., "An Effective Medium Model for Elastic Waves in Microcrack Damaged Media," Engineering Fracture Mechanics, v. 75, #14, p. 4104-16, 2008

Tang, Y., Santare, M.H., Karlsson, A.M., Cleghorn, S., Johnson, W.B., "Stresses in Proton Exchange Membranes Due To Hygro-Thermal Loading," Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, v. 3, #2, p. 119-24, 2006

Santare, M.H., Lambros, J., "Use of Graded Finite Elements to Model the Behavior of Nonhomogeneous Materials," Journal of Applied Mechanics, v. 67, #4, p. 819-22, 2000

Research Areas

Clean Energy
Mechanics of electrolyte and Fuel Cell materials and structures

Composite Materials
Micromechanics and failure analysis and characterization of Composites and Nano-composites

Orthopedic biomechanics

Solid Mechanics
Mechanics and failure of complex material systems with micro-structure or nano-structure including advanced composites and biomaterials

Mechanics of electrolyte and Fuel Cell materials and structures

Advanced Materials
Mechanics and failure of complex material systems with microstructure or nano-structure including advanced composites and biomaterials

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