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November 27th, 2009

Video of the week: Jack Mecholsky on using fractal geometry to study ceramic materials

Published on November 27th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

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John (Jack) Mecholsky is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida. Mecholsky is also past member of the ACerS Board of Directors.

Mecholsky is associated with the Dental Biomaterials Program, Biomedical Engineering, and the Veterinary College. His research focuses on biomaterials, fractal analysis, fractography and the application of fracture mechanics to the failure analysis of advanced ceramics and composites.

In this video, Mecholsky explains the benefits of using fractal geometry to study fractures in ceramic materials and to have a framework for studying certain properties of materials at any scale. He also provides some of the potential applications for studying and understanding materials failures.

8 minutes.

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3 Responses to Video of the week: Jack Mecholsky on using fractal geometry to study ceramic materials

  1. Susan Crawford-Young says:

    I am interested in how cells divide. They seem to go through sort of fracture when they divide. Amphibian embryos in particular look like they fracture into many many pieces as they develop.

  2. Dear Dr. Mecholsky,
    Thank you for the great class on fractals!
    It helped me bit time to understand even better our ongoing project!
    You have a very nice way of teaching difficult subjects like this one.
    Warm regards,

  3. Karl (Bud) Spear says:

    Jack – I thoroughly enjoyed listening to your discussion of using fractal geometry in the study of the mechanical behavior of materials. You’re getting more clever as you age! Sounds like you’re having fun with this, and may be headed to significant new understanding of fracture.

    How are you doing? We’re now in the Boulder, CO area where all our kids/grandkids are now living. Just arrived from our 5 to 6 months in Nova Scotia, and will be headed for Arizona after Xmas. We’re doing great. I’ve had about a 3 year break from my thermo work on glass, and am over my “burnout” of not wanting to do anything but play, so have started working on completing some assessments and writing up the work for publication – it is fun to do this again in and around playing with grandkids and trying to lower my golf handicap.

    Keep up the good work,

    Karl (Bud)

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