Robert E. Rowlands

Professor

3348 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 262-3205
Fax: (608) 265-2316
rowlands@engr.wisc.edu


Profile Summary

Prior to joining UW-Madison in 1975, I had eight years of research and development experience in experimental mechanics, stress analysis and composites at IIT Research Institute in Chicago. My present efforts include using infrared thermography (thermoelastic stress analysis), Doppler interferometry, microscopy and moire for stress and fracture analysis of composite structures, fiber-reinforced concrete, bolted joints, metal plate connectors in wood structures, photomechanics and cellulosic composites. My interest in structural mechanics is demonstrated by the six years I served as director of the Wisconsin Structures and Materials Testing Laboratory. I teach experimental stress analysis/mechanics, composites and photomechanics, and mechanics of materials (laboratory). I am interested in modern materials; experimental, structural and hybrid mechanics; micromechanics; fatigue; and fracture. Rowlands teaches courses in experimental stress analysis/mechanics, composites and photomechanics, and mechanics of materials (laboratory). He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Experimental Mechanics. Additionally, he belongs to the American Academy of Mechanics and the American Academy of Composites, and is a registered professional engineer. Prior to joining UW-Madison in 1975, he had eight years of research and development experience in experimental mechanics, stress analysis and composites at IIT Research Institute in Chicago. His present efforts include using infrared thermography (thermoelastic stress analysis), Doppler interferometry, microscopy and moire for stress and fracture analysis of composite structures, fiber-reinforced concrete, bolted joints, metal plate connectors in wood structures, photomechanics and cellulosic composites. Rowlands' interest in structural mechanics is demonstrated by the six years he served as director of the Wisconsin Structures and Materials Testing Laboratory. Professor Rowlands is interested in the following subjects and their applications: modern materials; experimental, structural & hybrid mechanics; micromechanics; fatigue; and fracture.

Education

  • BASc 1959, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)
  • MS 1964, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • PhD 1967, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

  • laser applications to mechanics
  • composite and advanced materials
  • digital image analysis
  • structural mechanics
  • experimental mechanics and stress analysis

Publications

  • S.H.Ju, J.J.Stone (Shih) & R.E.Rowlands, A New Symmetric Contact Element Stiffness Matrix for Frictional Contact Problems, Journal of Computers & Structures 34 (2), 289-301, (1995).
  • S.T.Lin & R.E.Rowlands, Thermoelastic Stress Analysis of Orthotropic Composities, Experimental Mechanics 35 (3), 257-265, (1995).
  • B.J.Rauch & R.E.Rowlands, Determining Reliable Edge Isopachic Data from Interior Thermoelastic Measurements, Experimental Mechanics 35 (2), 174-181, (1995).
  • J.S.Hawong, C.H.Lin, S.T.Lin, J.Rhee & R.E.Rowlands, A Hybrid Method to Determine Individual Stresses in Orthotropic Composites using only Measured Isochromatic Data, Journal of Composite Materials 29 (18), 2366-2387 (1995).

Courses

Fall 2014-2015

  • ME 342 - Design of Machine Elements

  • ME 890 - PhD Research and Thesis
  • ME 990 - Dissertator Research and Thesis
  • ME 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • ME 508 - Composite Materials
  • EMA 508 - Composite Materials
  • ME 570 - Experimental Mechanics
  • EMA 570 - Experimental Mechanics
  • ME 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • ME 708 - Advanced Composite Materials
  • EMA 708 - Advanced Composite Materials
  • ME 790 - Master\'s Research and Thesis
  • EMA 599 - Independent Study
  • EMA 708 - Advanced Composite Materials
  • EMA 508 - Composite Materials
  • EMA 307 - Mechanics of Materials Lab
  • ME 890 - PhD Research and Thesis
  • ME 790 - Master\'s Research and Thesis
  • ME 708 - Advanced Composite Materials
  • ME 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • ME 508 - Composite Materials
  • ME 491 - Mechanical Engineering Projects I
  • ME 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • ME 990 - Dissertator Research and Thesis
  • ME 307 - Mechanics of Materials Lab
  • ME 299 - Independent Study
  • INTEREGR 160 - Introduction to Engineering Design
  • EMA 708 - Advanced Composite Materials
  • EMA 570 - Experimental Mechanics
  • ME 790 - Master\'s Research and Thesis
  • ME 708 - Advanced Composite Materials
  • ME 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • ME 570 - Experimental Mechanics
  • ME 990 - Dissertator Research and Thesis
  • ME 890 - PhD Research and Thesis
  • ME 489 - Honors in Research
  • Profile Summary

    Prior to joining UW-Madison in 1975, I had eight years of research and development experience in experimental mechanics, stress analysis and composites at IIT Research Institute in Chicago. My present efforts include using infrared thermography (thermoelastic stress analysis), Doppler interferometry, microscopy and moire for stress and fracture analysis of composite structures, fiber-reinforced concrete, bolted joints, metal plate connectors in wood structures, photomechanics and cellulosic composites. My interest in structural mechanics is demonstrated by the six years I served as director of the Wisconsin Structures and Materials Testing Laboratory. I teach experimental stress analysis/mechanics, composites and photomechanics, and mechanics of materials (laboratory). I am interested in modern materials; experimental, structural and hybrid mechanics; micromechanics; fatigue; and fracture. Rowlands teaches courses in experimental stress analysis/mechanics, composites and photomechanics, and mechanics of materials (laboratory). He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Experimental Mechanics. Additionally, he belongs to the American Academy of Mechanics and the American Academy of Composites, and is a registered professional engineer. Prior to joining UW-Madison in 1975, he had eight years of research and development experience in experimental mechanics, stress analysis and composites at IIT Research Institute in Chicago. His present efforts include using infrared thermography (thermoelastic stress analysis), Doppler interferometry, microscopy and moire for stress and fracture analysis of composite structures, fiber-reinforced concrete, bolted joints, metal plate connectors in wood structures, photomechanics and cellulosic composites. Rowlands\' interest in structural mechanics is demonstrated by the six years he served as director of the Wisconsin Structures and Materials Testing Laboratory. Professor Rowlands is interested in the following subjects and their applications: modern materials; experimental, structural & hybrid mechanics; micromechanics; fatigue; and fracture.


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