Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Professor Cazacu’s research expertise is in theoretical and computational mechanics aimed at finding new ways to extend the range of applications of existing materials and virtual designing of new materials/microstructures for enhanced performance. She is world-renowned for contributions to constitutive modeling of anisotropy in non-linear deformation, damage and fracture with applications ranging from non-traditional manufacturing processes to impact, virtual testing and evaluation of hypersonic systems. Her anisotropic plasticity models are integrated into advanced general-purpose multi-physics simulation commercial and government finite-element software.
Dr. Cazacu joins the University of Arizona after a 21-year career at the University of Florida, where she served the as Charles E. Taylor Professor of Mechanics in mechanical and aerospace engineering, graduate research engineering and the Education Center, UF-REEF.
Dr. Cazacu has habilitation and doctoral degrees from University of Lille, France. She has chair professorships and visiting fellowships in Europe and Australia. She currently holds a Chair of Excellence in mechanics at the University Carlos iii, Madrid, Spain, is the deputy editor of the Plasticity of Materials book series (Elsevier) and the associated editor of the International Journal of Material Forming (Springer) and Mechanics Research Communications (Elsevier). She has co-authored two books, has edited and co-edited seven other books, published over 140 refereed papers.
Dr. Cazacu's research interests and expertise are in constitutive modeling of plasticity, damage and fracture of materials from single crystal to engineering scale. She has developed widely used anisotropic models for the inelastic behavior of materials at various length-scales and strain-rate regimes with applications ranging from manufacturing processes to impact and hypersonics virtual testing and evaluation.
- Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches (H.D.R.): Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille (USTL), Lille, France, 2004
- PhD: Civil Engineering, USTL, 1995
- B.S.-M.S: Mathematics-Mechanics, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, 1990
- MSE 406/506: Plastic Behavior of Materials: constitutive modeling and engineering scale applications
- Mechanics of Rocks and Geologically Inspired Materials
- Continuum Micromechanics
- Applied Elasticity and Advanced Mechanics of Solids
- Damage of Materials
- Fracture of Materials
- Engineering Analysis
- Constitutive Modeling of anisotropy in the plastic regime of single crystal and polycrystalline materials
- Viscoplasticity, Damage, and Fracture of Engineering Materials (metallic, geological, geologically inspired materials)
- High-Strain Rate Behavior of Materials
- Digital Engineering of Materials and Microstructures
- Metal Forming
Spec Tops Mat Sci+Eng
MSE 496A (Spring 2024)
MSE 596A (Spring 2024)
- O. Cazacu, B. Revil-Baudard, N. Chandola, Plasticity, Damage Couplings: From Single Crystal to Polycrystalline Materials, Springer, 2019.
- O. Cazacu, B. Revil-Baudard, Plasticity of Metallic Materials: Modelling and Applications to Metal Forming, Elsevier, 2021.
- O. Cazacu, B. Plunkett and F. Barlat , Orthotropic Yield Criterion for Hexagonal Closed Packed Materials, Int. J. Plasticity, 22, 1171-1194.
- O. Cazacu, B. Revil-Baudard, and F. Barlat , New Interpretation of Monotonic Swift Effects: Role of the Tension-Compression Asymmetry. Mechanics of Materials, 57, 42-52.
- O. Cazacu and J. B. Stewart , Plastic Potentials for Porous Aggregates with the Matrix Exhibiting Tension-Compression Asymmetry. Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 57, 325-341.
- O. Cazacu and B. Revil-Baudard , New Analytic Criterion for Porous Solids with Pressure-Insensitive Matrix, Int. J. Plasticity, 89, 66-84.
- O. Cazacu and J. A. Rodríguez-Martínez , Effects of Plastic Anisotropy on Localization in Orthotropic Materials: New Explicit Expressions for the Orientation of Localization Bands in Flat Specimens Subjected to Uniaxial Tension. J. Mech. Physics. Solids, 126, 272-284.
- 2020 International Educator of the Year Award, College of Engineering, University of Florida
- 2018 - present, Chair of Excellence, University Carlos III Madrid, Spain