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Oana Cazacu
Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Herbert Werthiem College of Engineering
University of Florida
THEORETICAL AND APPLIED MECHANICS RESEARCH GROUP

Prof. Cazacu's main research interests lie in theoretical and computational solid mechanics with focus on multi-scale modeling of dissipative mechanisms in engineering materials for both quasi-static and dynamic regimes.

 

Prof. Cazacu's key expertise is in modeling plastic anisotropy . She has developed a methodology within the framework of the theory of representation of tensor functions that allows to extend any given isotropic yield criterion such as to account for particular material's symmetries. For polycrystalline metallic materials with hexagonal crystal structure, Prof. Cazacu and collaborators have developed the only existing analytical macroscopic level elastic/plastic models that account for both anisotropy and tension-compression asymmetry in deformation. 


In the field of ductile damage, recently Prof. Cazacu and her UF-REEF collaborators demonstrated that the presence of voids induces dependence on all invariants, the noteworthy result being the key role played by the plastic flow of the matrix on the dilatational response. Furthermore,  open problems posed by Rice and Tracey (1969) concerning the rate of damage in a porous  solids were solved. 


Prof. Cazacu has over 150 referred journal and conference articles and 10 book chapters (edited 3 books) to her credit. She has been successful in securing research funds from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and major companies such as ALCOA and General Motors.

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