The Solid Mechanics discipline evolved with the establishment of the mechanics programme of Peking University, which was one of the first of its kind in China. It is among the first PhD programmes granted by the State Council in 1981, the Postdoctoral Research Stations in 1987, and the Key Disciplines of the State Education Ministry (1988,2000,2007) , as well as an important discipline in the “211” Project of Peking University. The discipline, featured with fundamental research and applications of solid mechanics and related areas, maintains its high status as a base for advanced research and education in solid mechanics. In education, we emphasize the command of the most essential knowledge and a solid foundation of mechanics and the building of comprehensive capacity in analyses, computations and experiments; in research, we pay great attention and endeavor to solve fundamental and original problems in the development and applications of mechanics and engineering science. The scientific achievements of the faculty are well recognized and play an important role in the industry.
The major research areas of the solid mechanics discipline include:
1. Mechanics of advanced materials and structures: Mico/nanomechanics, mechanics and physics of complex materials, mechanics of smart materials and structure, Mechanical problems in new energy technologies.
2. Elasticity and plasticity: Elastic and plastic properties of materials and structures under impact and extreme conditions, dynamics and wave theory of heterogeneous media under coupled electro-thermo-magneto-mechanical loads.
3. Computational solid mechanics: Computations of waves, numerical methods in impact dynamics, multi-scale computations.
4. Experimental mechanics: New methods in impact experiments, dynamic fracture, dynamic analyses of large-scale engineering structures, new functional materials and devices, nondestructive tests.
We also maintain close ties with the industry such that the research work is efficiently applied in various technologies in aerospace engineering, civil engineering, new power technologies, etc. The postgraduate students of the discipline are well received by universities, research institutes and industry.