UCSB Engineering

Anthony Evans


Mechanical Engineering

Anthony Evans


Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

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Research Description

Evans' research has embraced a range of fundamental and engineering issues related to the fabrication and performance of materials for advanced thermo-structural systems. Much of the research has been in collaboration with colleagues in solid mechanics and is centered in the mechanics of materials area. It involves combinations of experiment and modeling to tackle problems related to the use of advanced materials in load bearing applications. Research articles have addressed challenges in advanced ceramics, composites, films/coatings, multilayers and cellular materials, as well as interfaces and their adhesion. The technologies covered include: high temperature materials for systems such as gas turbines used for power generation and propulsion, materials for thermal management in such diverse systems as power electronics and hypersonic flight, materials for ultralight weight components in aero-systems, materials having especially low weight/compactness through multifunctionality. Recent interests include the biomechanics of contractility in cells and of cell interactions. He has published over 540 technical articles.


Evans is Alcoa Professor of Materials, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Multifunctional Materials and Structures at the University of California at Santa Barbara. From 1998 to 2002, he served as Gordon Wu Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Princeton Materials Institute at Princeton University. During 1994-1998, he was Gordon McKay Professor of Materials Engineering at Harvard University. Prior to that he was the founding Chair of the Materials Department and Director of the High Performance Composites Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara (1985-1994) and a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley (1978-1985). Author of over 540 publications, Evans has been honored with numerous awards and is one of the most highly cited authors in Materials Science, as well as in Engineering and Physics. A native of Wales, Evans earned his Ph.D. (1967) in metallurgy at Imperial College, London. He worked as a research project leader at AERE Harwell and at the U.S. National Bureau of Standards, before joining the Rockwell International Science Center, as a group leader. Evans has been vice president of the American Ceramic Society (1984-1988) and for four years, served as chair of the Defense Sciences Research Council.


  • Fellow Royal Academy of Engineering (London), 2006
  • Fellow, National Academy of Science, 2005
  • Gold Medal (ASM International), 2005

Selected Publications

  • A model for the contractility of the cytoskeleton including the effects of stress fiber formation and dissociation, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series A, 2007, 1793, V. S. Deshpande, R. M. McMeeking, A. G. Evans.
  • The response of metallic sandwich panels to water blast, Journal of Applied Mechanics, 74, 2007, 81-99, Y. Liang, A. V. Spuskanyuk, S. E. Flores, D. R. Hayhurst, J. W. Hutchinson, R. M McMeeking, A. G. Evans
  • A finite element simulation scheme for biological muscular hydrostats, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 242, 2006, 142-150, Y. Liang, R. M. McMeeking, A. G. Evans.
  • Mechanisms governing the inelastic deformation of cortical bone and application to trabecular bone, Acta Biomaterialia, 2, 2006, 59-68, C. Mercer, M. Y. He, R. Wang, A. G. Evans.
  • Optimal active cooling performance of metallic sandwich panels with prismatic cores, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 49, 2006, 3819, L. Valdevit, A. Pantano, H. A. Stone, A. G. Evans.
  • Strength optimization of metallic sandwich panels subject to bending, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 42, 2005, 6643-6661, H. J. Rathbun, F. W. Zok, A. G. Evans.
  • Effects of strain cycling on buckling, cracking, and spalling of a thermally grown alumina on a nickel-based bond coat, Acta. Mater., 47, 1999, 699-710, J.S. Wang and Anthony G. Evans
  • The influence of Solid-State and Liquid-Phase Bonding on Fatigue at Al/Al203 Interfaces, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A,, Vol 30A, 1999, 763-769, F. Gaudette, S. Suresh, and A.G. Evans
  • Multifunctionality of cellular metal systems, Ashby, Progress in Mtls. Sci, Vol. 43 Num 3, 1998, 171-221, A.G. Evans, J.W. Hutchinson, and M.F.
  • The adhesion energy between polymer thin films and self-assembled monolayers, Mater. Res., Vol. 13,, 1998, 3555-3564, Andrew V. Zhuk, Anthony G. Evans, John W. Hutchinson and George M. Whitesides, J.