Our research focus is in the mechanical characterization of solids and structures in challenging environments, and at high temperatures in particular. We are especially interested in the role that environment plays on a material's ability to withstand heterogeneous failure mechanisms such as fracture, fatigue, and creep.
Our lab uses advanced imaging techniques to extract full-field, in situ strain and temperature measurements across multiple length scales. These techniques are applied to a wide variety of advanced high temperature materials (including metals, ceramics, and composites), with applications geared towards the energy, aerospace, and nuclear industries.
Feb 23, 2018: Ethan Nickerson is recognized as the MAE Outstanding MS Student Researcher of the Year. Congratulations Ethan!
Feb 23, 2018: Prof. Berke is recognized as the MAE Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year for the third consecutive year.
Dec 19, 2017: Dr. Berke gives a keynote talk at the 2nd International Symposium on Image-based Metrology (ISIMet).
Dec 11, 2017: Emma German and Daniel Waldram are selected for the 2018-19 Engineering Undergraduate Research Program. Congratulations Emma and Daniel!
Nov 20, 2017: Prof. Berke is awarded $123,734 from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to study fracture of C/C rocket nozzles during hot-fire testing.