Carnegie Mellon University

Morton E. Gurtin

Professor Emeritus

Department of Mathematical Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

P: 412-268-2545


Charles V. Coffman


Ph.D., Brown University


My research concerns nonlinear continuum mechanics and thermodynamics, with recent emphasis on applications to problems in materials science. I have discovered that, within a macroscopic framework, additional nonclassical force systems are useful in describing phenomena associated with the material structure of a body. Two particular force systems seem applicable: (i) configurational systems associated with the kinetics of material structures such as phase interfaces, crack tips, and dislocations; (ii) microforce systems associated with macroscopic manifestations of microscopic changes. My recent research utilizes these nonclassical systems to develop general theories for phenomena such as phase transitions, fracture dynamics, atomic diffusion, and crystalline plasticity.