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Brian Burks

Research Interests

Research interests are focused in two primary areas, both of which are paramount in reliably deploying advanced materials systems in infrastructure applications.  The first area is concentrated on the development of in situ nondestructive evaluation techniques for structural health monitoring applications.  Expertise in this area is primarily in modal Acoustic Emission (AE); more specifically in the identification, as well as numeric simulation, of individual deformation mechanisms within fiber reinforced composites.  From this methodology, powerful predictive capabilities are developed enabling the real time monitoring of critical structures.  The second area of interest is in accelerated aging testing of materials (particularly polymer matrix composites) and the resulting evolution in material properties.  Primary interests in this area are related to prolonged sub-Tg elevated temperature exposure and the resulting effects on fatigue performance.

Awards and Honors

2012 - National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship

2012 - Best Graduate Research Assistant of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver 

2011 - ASTM E08 Committee on Fracture and Fatigue Best Student Presentation 

2011 - University of Denver Vice Provost Fellowship 

2008 - Best Graduate Teaching Assistant of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver 

2007 and 2006 - NAIA All American Scholar Athlete

Recent Publications

"A modal acoustic emission signal classification scheme derived from finite element simulation" – International Journal of Damage Mechanics http://ijd.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/04/10/1056789513484620.abstract

"The effects of atmospheric aging on a hybrid polymer matrix composite" – Composites Science and Technology http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0266353812002874

"Micromechanics modeling of fatigue failure mechanisms in a hybrid polymer matrix composite" – Composites Science and Technology
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0266353812002862

Brian Burke

Position:

Mechanical Engineer
Applied Chemicals and Materials Division
Structural Materials Group

Employment History:

2012 – Present - NRC post-doctoral Fellowship at NIST

2007 – 2012 GRA/GTA University of Denver

2004 – 2007 Hastings College Physics Department tutor 

Summer 2006  Schlumberger wave velocity intern

Education:

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, June 2012, The University of Denver

MS in Mechanical Engineering, August 2009, The University of Denver

BA in Physics, June 2007, Hastings College
Contact

Phone: 303-497-5152
Email: brian.burks@nist.gov
Fax: 303-497-5030