Christopher Weinberger

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Assistant Professor

Christopher Weinberger

Office: Curtis 151L
Phone: 2155714578
Fax: 2158951478



Multiscale materials modeling of mechanical properties including DFT, atomistics, mesoscale and microscale FEM modeling.


Christopher Weinberger CV [PDF]

Research Interests

Dr. Weinberger's research focuses on the development of analytical and computer models to describe the mechanical and structural properties of ceramics, metals and their alloys at the nano- micro- and macro-scales. The goal of this work is to link atomic bonding, defects and microstructure to material performance at the macroscale. This is accomplished by combining analytical models with computer models including DFT, classical atomistics, discrete dislocation dynamics, and crystal plasticity FEM models.


Christopher R. Weinberger is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department at Drexel University whose research interests include using theory and simulations to model the mechanical properties of materials at the macro-, micro- and nano-scale using a variety of simulation methodologies including molecular dynamics, discrete dislocation dynamics and crystal plasticity models.

Dr. Weinberger received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2001 and then worked for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Sunnyvale, CA from 2001-2005. He received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford in 2005, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford in 2009 where he was a Stanford Graduate Fellow. Dr. Weinberger received the Harry S. Truman Fellowship from Sandia National Laboratories, 2009-2012, and was Senior R&D S&E staff member at Sandia National Laboratories from September 2012-August 2013.

Professional Societies

ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers
TMS - The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society


Selected Publications:

B. Wang, N. De Leon, C. R. Weinberger and G. B. Thompson, “A Theoretical Investigation of the Slip Systems of Ta2C,” Acta Materialia 61 (2013), 3914

C. R. Weinberger, G. J. Tucker and S. M. Foiles, “Peierls potential of screw dislocations in bcc transition metals: Predictions from density functional theory,” Physical Review B 87 (2013), 3914.

C. R. Weinberger, C. C. Battaile, T. E. Buchheit, and E. A. Holm, “Incorporating atomistic models of lattice friction into BCC crystal plasticity models,” International Journal of Plasticity 37 (2012), 16.

C. R. Weinberger and W. Cai, “Plasticity of metal wires in torsion: molecular dynamics and dislocation dynamics simulations,” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 58 (2010), 1011.

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