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Mechanical Engineering

Sarah C. Baxter


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Phone: 803.777.0239
Fax: 803.777.0106
Office: 300 Main Street
Room A124
Columbia, SC 29208
Links: Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Baxter's research interests are in computational and mathematical modeling. Applications include the mechanics of heterogeneous and composite materials; probabilistic mechanics and uncertainly in modeling, nanoscale micromechanics, models in nanoscale manufacturing processes and the modeling multi-functional materials.

One focus is on polymer nanocomposites. While polymer nanocomposites offer extraordinary promise, a key challenge limiting the realization of their full potential is the inability to spatially engineer, design, and fabricates ‘nano’ microstructures. We are developing models that reflect the influence of scale, for example the more significant influence of an interface region between particles and matrix which can produce mechanical percolation effects. These models will be used to model multi-functionality of designed composites.

A second focus is on developing methods to assess the inherent uncertainty of using one model rather than another, to characterize measured data in dynamic structural systems.


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1995
  • M.S., University of Minnesota, 1991
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