Alten F. Grandt1979 - Raisbeck Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Aeronautics and Astronautics
DegreesB.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, General Engineering, 1968
M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 1969
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 1971
InterestsDamage-tolerant structures and materials
Fatigue and fracture
Awards and Major AppointmentsDistinguished Alumni Award, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 2009.
J.W. Lincoln Award by USAF for career contributions to Aircraft Structural Integrity field, 2000.
E.F. Bruhn Best Teacher Award, School of Aeronautics & Astronautics, 1997.
General technical interests deal with assuring the safe operation of aerospace and other complex structures through damage tolerance analyses and nondestructive inspection. Particular emphasis is on basic research to predict critical and subcritical crack growth under static and cyclic loads (i.e. fracture and fatigue). The influence of corrosion on structural integrity is also of interest. This research employs numerical and experimental approaches, and impacts both the design of new components as well as the continued operation of older structures (i.e. aging aircraft).
Experimental research is conducted in the School of Aeronautics Fatigue and Fracture Laboratory. This facility has two computer-controlled electro-hydraulic test machines and associated equipment needed to measure fatigue crack formation, propagation, and fracture in specimens subjected to simulated aircraft or spacecraft load histories. A scanning electron microscope is on hand to examine fracture surfaces and equipment are also available to artificially corrode specimens in connection with corrosion and/or corrosion-fatigue related research.
PublicationsBooks and Book Chapters
A. F. Grandt, Jr., W. A. Gustafson, and L. T. Cargino, One Small Step: The History of the Purdue School of Aeronautics & Astronautics, School of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Purdue University Press, Second edition, October 2010, (504 pages), ISBN 978-1-55753-599-3. http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/titles/format/9781557535993-0
A. F. Grandt, Jr., Fundamentals of Structural Integrity: Damage Tolerant Design and Nondestructive Evaluation, John Wiley and Sons Inc., 2004, ISBN 0-471-21459-0.
A.F. Grandt, Jr., “Damage Evolution Phenomena and Models,” Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring, Boller, C., Chang, F. and Fujino, Y. (eds), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK, pp 203-218, 2009.
G.S. Wilson, A.F. Grandt Jr., R.J. Bucci, R.W. Schultz, “Exploiting Bulk Residual Stresses To Improve Fatigue Crack Growth Performance Of Structures,” International Journal of Fatigue, Vol 31, 2009, pp. 1286-1299.
D. B. Garcia and A. F. Grandt, Jr., "Application of a Total Life Prediction Model for Fretting Fatigue in Ti-6Al-4V," International Journal of Fatigue, Vol. 29, No. 7, July 2007, pp. 1311-1318.
D.B. Garcia, A.F. Grandt Jr., B.B. Bartha, and P.J. Golden, "Threshold Fatigue Measurements and Fractographic Examination of Fretting Induced Cracks in Ti-17," Journal of Engineering Failure Analysis, Vol. 14, 2007, pp. 529-540.
C. Y. Park and A. F. Grandt, Jr., "Effect of Load Transfer on the Fatigue Cracking Behavior at a Countersunk Fastener Holes," International Journal of Fatigue, Vol. 29, 2007, pp. 146-157.
C. Y. Park, A. F. Grandt, Jr., and Jung Jun Suh, "Stress Intensity Factors for Surface Cracks at Countersunk Holes," Journal of Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 73, Issue 13, 2006, pp. 1878-1898.
C. Y. Park and A. F. Grandt, Jr., "A Proposed Test Protocol for Generic Mechanical Joints," Journal of Engineering Failure Analysis, Vol. 13, No. 1, January 2006, pp. 136-154.
D. B. Garcia and A. F. Grandt, Jr., "Fractographic Investigation Of Fretting Fatigue Cracks In Ti-6Al-4V," Journal of Engineering Failure Analysis, Vol. 12, No. 4, August 2005, pp. 537-548.
Conference Proceedings, Presentations, Invited LecturesS. Dubikovsky and A. F. Grandt, Jr., “Technology and Engineering Programs Integration Improves Soft Skills in Undergraduate Students,” International Conference on Learning Innovation in Science and Technology (ICLIST2010), 24-26 February 2010, Pattaya, Thailand (two double-column pages).
S. Dubikovsky, A. F. Grandt, Jr., T. A. Goodrich, and R. Sterkenburg, "Undergraduate Capstone Projects Integrate Technology and Engineering Programs" International Conference on Engineering Education -2010: Engineering Education and Research for Society, 18 - 22 July 2010, 2010, Gliwice, Poland (5 single-spaced pages).
R. Child, N. J. Moyle and A. F. Grandt,” Experimental Validation Of Stress Intensity Factor Solutions For The Pin Loaded Lug,” 25th ICAF Symposium, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 27–29 May 2009 (18 pages)
A. F. Grandt, Jr. “Prevention of Fatigue Failure,” Keynote Address, Shot Peening and Blast Cleaning workshop, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 27-29 October 2009, (powerpoint presentation included with workshop proceedings).
A. F. Grandt, Jr., "Lessons Learned from Aerospace Failures," Keynote Lecture, Second International Conference on Engineering Failure Analysis, 12-15 September 2006. Toronto, Canada (abstract only).
A. F. Grandt, Jr., "Application Of Polymer Models For Three-Dimensional Fatigue Crack Growth Studies," Fatigue 2006, 9th International Fatigue Congress, 14-19 May 2006, Atlanta, GA (12 pages).
A. F. Grandt, Jr., "A Modern Re-Examination of Lessons From the Classic Fatigue Novel: No Highway," Fatigue 2006, 9th International Fatigue Congress, May 2006, Atlanta, GA (8 pages).
A. F. Grandt, Jr. and J. Suh, "Stress Intensity Factors for Non-Symmetric Cracks at Countersunk Fastener Holes," 9th Joint FAA/DoD/NASA Conference on Aging Aircraft, 6 - 9 March 2006, Atlanta, GA (16 pages).
K. Chan, J. Harter, A. F. Grandt, Jr., and K. Honeycutt, "Enhanced Crack Growth Methodology and Analyses for Unitized Structures," 9th Joint FAA/DoD/NASA Conference on Aging Aircraft, 6 - 9 March 2006, Atlanta, GA.
A. F. Grandt, Jr., J. E. Rodrian, and W. A. Watkins, "Design Projects that Emphasize Technical Communication Between Engineering and Technology Students," American Society for Engineering Education 2005 IL/IN Sectional Conference, 1-2 April 2005, DeKalb, IL.
A. F. Grandt, Jr., L. K. Chiew, C. Y. Park, and J. Suh, "Experimental Measurements of Stress Intensity Factors for Cracks at Countersunk Holes," 8th Joint NASA/FAA/DoD Conference on Aging Aircraft, 31 January - 3 February 2005, Palm Springs, CA.