Denizhan Yavas is a lecturer at UCF. He holds a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering (major in engineering mechanics) from Iowa State University, M.Sc. and B.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. He has more than 10 years of research and teaching experience in mechanical and aerospace engineering. He has worked on diverse solid mechanics problems across diverse length scales and applications. Specific research interests are in the general area of experimental and computational characterization of material behavior at multiple length scales with applications to material interface evolution under chemo-mechanical fields; multi-functional and tunable composite materials; thin films and multilayered materials; interfacial adhesion and friction; and mechanics of additively manufactured materials. Yavas has authored more than 10 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 10 conference proceedings.
Research Interests: Experimental mechanics; Fracture mechanics, with a focus on interfacial fracture; Mechanics of adhesion and friction; Nano indentation of thin films and layered structures; Composite materials