Thomas W. Eagar
Professor of Materials Engineering and Engineering Systems
SB Metallurgy, MIT, 1972
ScD Metallurgy, MIT, 1975
4-136, 77 Mass. Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Improvements in the reliability of fabricated materials require a better understanding of the physics and the chemistry of the processes that are used. Although most of Prof. Eagar's research involves welding and joining, an increasing amount of work involves other aspects of materials manufacturing and engineering systems.
Examples of recent research include:
Fundamentals of transient liquid phase diffusion bonding as applied to composites, superalloys and electronic packaging
Control of melting during gas metal arc welding
Effects of welding fume on health of workers
Stresses generated during joining of dissimilar materials
Improved methods of dimensional analysis of materials processing
Design, forming and assembly of automotive body components
Methods for successful product design and development
"Magnetic Forces Acting on Molten Drops in Gas Metal Arc Welding," Journal of Physics, Part D: Applied Physics 31 (1): 93-106 (1998) (with others).
"Quiet Revolution in Materials Manufacturing and Production," Journal of Metals 50 (4): 19-26 (1998).
"Why Did the World Trade Center Collapse? Science, Engineering and Speculation," Journal of Materials, pp. 8–11, Dec. 2001 (with C. Musso).
"Welding Processes for Aeronautics," Advanced Materials and Processes, 159 (5), pp. 39–43, 2001 (with Patricio Mendez).