- Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical behavior of solids, fracture, fatigue, creep, deformation mechanisms, structural materials
Gibeling seeks to understand the mechanisms that control the mechanical properties of materials. A cornerstone of his research is developing unique micro-mechanical tests using fundamental theories and models of deformation and fracture to probe the properties of materials and reveal underlying mechanisms. The better these mechanisms are understood, the easier it will be to design new materials with properties tailored for advanced transportation and energy systems. He studies a broad range of material types, including metals, intermetallic compounds, composites with ceramic and metal matrices and bone.