Freund's derivation of the equations describing the propagation of cracks in an elastic body has led to the understanding of dynamic fracture that is now widely used in such critically important applications as the safety of gas pile lines and the safety of nuclear containment vessels. Professor Freund's research is concerned with mechanical phenomena in solid materials, focusing on the relationship between the overall mechanical state of a deformable solid and the localized physical processes of material deformation and failure.

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Freund received his Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University in 1967. He is the author or co-author of over 190 published articles on stress waves in solids, fracture mechanics, seismology, computational mechanics, dislocation theory, thin films, microstructure evolution in films, and engineering education, plus monographs on Dynamic Fracture Mechanics and on Thin Film Materials. His current research interests include: mechanics of biological materials (cell adhesion, molecular transport in cell walls) and mechanics of thin film materials (evolution of microstructure, influence of strain on quantum mechanical transport, lattice mismatched heterostructures). Freund presently serves as Associate Editor of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and as President of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

H. L. Goddard University Professor and Professor of Engineering
Division of Engineering
Phone: +1 401 863 1476
E-mail: freund@brown.edu

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L. Ben Freund
Freund wins Timoshenko Medal (GSJ of Nov. 21, 2003)
Freund biographical summary
Size does matter -- PNAS article
Timoshenko Medal lecture

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