Susan Mantell

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Susan Mantell

James J. Ryan Professor, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Mechanical Engineering Department Head,
Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Rm 1100C
111 Church Street SE





Ph.D. 1991, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

M.S. 1987, Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University

B.S. 1981, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Research Interests
  • Design and analysis of structures utilizing polymers and polymer composites.
  • Mechanics principles associated with design using orthotropic and anisotropic materials.
  • Large and microscale structures.
  • Experimental and theoretical studies of polymer degradation.
  • Nondestructive evaluation of layered materials.
  • Development of manufacturing process models for composite materials and design of MEMs devices for biomedical applications.

Student Group

Name: Polymer Materials and Mechanics Laboratory
Location: ME 2120


Selected Publications

Gladen, A., Davidson, J. and S. Mantell (2013), “A study of the optical properties of a scattering, non-absorbing media with application to thermotropic materials,” Solar Energy Journal: Solar Heating and Cooling Special Edition (under review).

Gladen, A., Mantell, S. and J. Davidson (2013), “A parametric numerical study of radiative transfer in thermotropic materials,” ASME Heat Transfer Conference (under review).

Briscoe, C.R., Mantell, S.C., and J.H. Davidson (2011). “Buckling of a Plate on a Pasternak Foundation under Uniform In-Plane Bending Loads,” accepted for publication the International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics.

Ali, S.M., Mantell, S.C., and E. Longmire (2012), “Experimental Technique for Fatigue Testing of MEMS in Liquids,” IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 21 (3), pp. 520-522.

Gladen, Adam, Jane H. Davidson, Susan C. Mantell, Jihua Zhang, and Yuewen Xu. "A Model of the Optical Properties of a Non-absorbing Media with Application to Thermotropic Materials for Overheat Protection." Energy Procedia 30 (2012): 116-124.