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Robert Brockman

Professor; Distinguished Research Engineer; Joint Appointment with University of Dayton Research Institute

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics


Email: Robert Brockman
Phone: 937-229-3484

Selected Publications

  • Lee, C. William, Kevin A. Tienda, Tara M. Storage, Bob Brockman and Thao Gibson. 2015. Wet-glass-transition temperatures for high temperature polymers. Journal of Advanced Materials (January): 1-15.
  • El-Mir, C., E. Toubia, and R. Brockman. 2014. Analysis of cylindrical sandwich structures with weak orthotropic core under patch loading. Eng. Struct. 80: 89-97.
  • Phillips, P.L., R.A. Brockman, and R. John. 2012. Modeling strategies for property identification based on full-field displacement measurements. Strain 48: 143-152. Doi: 10.1111/j.14751305.2011.00806.x.
  • Brockman, R.A., W.R. Braisted, S.E. Olson, R.D. Tenaglia, A.H. Clauer, K. Langer, and M.J. Shepard. 2012. Prediction and characterization of residual stresses from laser shock peening. Int. J. Fatigue 36: 96-108.
  • Choi, Y.-S., and R.A. Brockman. 2011. Representation of material constitutive responses in finite element-based design codes. In Computational methods for microstructure-property relationships, ed. S. Ghosh and D.M. Dimiduk. New York: Springer.
  • Brockman, R.A., D.P. Kramer, C.D. Barklay, D. Cairns-Gallimore, J.L. Brown, J.C. Huling, and C.E. Van Pelt. 2011. Modeling of selected ceramic processing parameters employed in the processing of 238PuO2 fuel pellets. Physics Procedia 20: 397-403.
  • Brockman, R.A., A.L. Pilchak, W.J. Porter III, and R. John. 2011. Grain boundary diffusion effects in near-α titanium polycrystals. Scripta Materialia 65: 513-515.
  • Buchanan, D.J., R. John, R.A. Brockman, and A.H. Rosenberger. 2010. A coupled creep-plasticity model for residual stress relaxation of a shot-peened nickel-based superalloy. Journal of Materials 62, no. 1: 75-79.
  • Brockman, R.A., R. John, and M.A. Huelsman. 2009. Using deformation modes to identify cracks in turbine engine compressor disks. Royal Aeronautical Society, The Aeronautical Journal 113, no. 1150: 810-819.
  • Buchanan, D.J., R. John, and R.A. Brockman. 2009. Relaxation of shot-peened residual stresses under creep loading. J. Eng. Mat. Tech. 131, no. 3.
  • Gawandi, A., J.M. Whitney, R.A. Brockman, and G.P. Tandon. 2008. Interaction between a nanofiber and an arbitrarily oriented crack. Journal of Composite Materials 42: 45-68.
  • Gawandi, A., J.M. Whitney, and R.A. Brockman. 2007. Natural boundary conditions in the bending of anisotropic laminated plates. Composite Structures 82, no. 2: 201-208.
  • Whitney, J.M. and R.A. Brockman. 2006. Free-edge stresses in unsymmetric bidirectional laminates subjected to axial load. Proceedings of the ASC 21st Annual Technical Conference, September, in Dearborn, Michigan.
  • Brockman, R.A. 2005. Simulation of deformation modes for damage detection in turbine engine disks. In Materials damage prognosis, ed. J.M. Larsen. The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society.
  • Whitney,T.J., R.A. Brockman, and E. Iarve. 2004. Singular stress fields near contact boundaries in a composite bolted joint. International Journal of Solids and Structures 41: 1893-1909.
  • Frank, G.J., S.E. Olson, and R.A. Brockman. 2003. Numerical models of orthotropic and lamellar grain structures. Intermetallics 11, no. 4: 331-340.
  • Brockman, R.A. 2003. Analysis of elastic-plastic deformation in TiAl polycrystals. International Journal of Plasticity 19, no. 10: 1749-1772.
  • Frank, G.J. and R.A. Brockman. 2001. A viscoelastic-viscoplastic constitutive model for glassy polymers. International Journal of Solids and Structures 38: 5149-5164.
  • Braisted, W.R. and R.A. Brockman. 1999. Finite element analysis of laser shock peening. International Journal of Fatigue 21: 719-724.
  • Sawas, O., R.A. Brockman, and N.S. Brar. 1998. Dynamic characterization of compliant materials using an all-polymeric split Hopkinson bar. Experimental Mechanics 38, no. 3: 204-210.
  • Brockman, R.A., J.H. Champion, and J.P. Medzorian. 1992. Finite element analysis of tire critical speeds. Computers and Structures 43, no. 3: 581-593.
  • Padovan, J., A. Kazempour, F. Tabaddor, and B. Brockman. 1992. Alternative formulations of rolling contact problems. Finite Elements in Analysis and Design 11, no. 4: 275-284.
  • Brockman, R.A. 1988. Geometric sensitivity analysis with local coordinate transformations. Communications in Applied Numerical Methods 4, no. 1: 59-65.
  • Brockman, R.A. and F. Y. Lung. 1988. Sensitivity analysis with plate and shell finite elements. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 24: 1129-1144.
  • Brockman, R.A. 1988. Computational methods for soft body impact problems. In Computational Mechanics, ed. S. Atluri and G. Yagawa, Springer Verlag.
  • Brockman, R.A. 1987. Dynamics of the bilinear Mindlin plate element. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 24: 2343-2356.
  • Brockman, R.A. 1987. Geometric sensitivity analysis with isoparametric finite elements. Communications in Applied Numerical Methods 3, no. 6: 495-499.
  • Brockman, R.A. 1984. Economical stiffness formulations for nonlinear finite elements. Computers and Structures 18, no. 1: 15-22.
  • Brockman, R.A. 1983. Explicit forms for the tangent modulus tensor in viscoplastic stress analysis. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 20: 315-319.
  • Brockman, R.A. 1982. Numerical solution of large-deformation problems involving surface contact and impact. In Penalty Finite Element Methods in Mechanics, ed. J.N. Reddy, AMD 51, ASME, New York: United Engineering Center.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 1982: Wohlleben-Hochwalt Outstanding Professional Research Award, University of Dayton
  • 1983: Outstanding Achievement Award, Affiliate Societies Council, Engineering and Sciences Foundation of Dayton
  • 2002: Best Paper Award, American Ceramic Society, 26th Annual Conference on Composites, Materials and Structures, Cocoa Beach, Florida (with R. John, D. Buchanan, V. Kramb, and L. Zawada)
  • 2004: Wohlleben-Hochwalt Outstanding Professional Research Award, University of Dayton
  • 2008: Best Paper Award, The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, 11th International Symposium on Superalloys, Champion, Pennsylvania (with D.J. Buchanan, R. John, and A.H. Rosenberger)

Courses Taught

  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Elasticity
  • Plasticity
  • Plates and Shells
  • Energy Methods
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Structural Mechanics


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, 1979
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, 1974
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1973

Research Interests

  • Stress, vibration and impact analysis
  • Constitutive modeling of metals, intermetallics, ceramics, polymers, and reinforced composites
  • Finite element methods