University of Zagreb
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
and Naval Architecture
Prof. Dr. rer.nat.habil. Meinhard Kuna
Meinhard Kuna studied physics at the Technical University in Magdeburg, Germany. He graduated as PhD in 1977 at the institute for Solid State Physics at the Academy of Science in Halle, dealing with the development of finite element methods in fracture mechanics. Later, he has been working as the head of research departments at Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials in Freiburg and at Materials Testing Institute at University of Stuttgart.
Since 1997, Prof. Kuna is professor of Applied Mechanics and Solid Mechanics at the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg in Germany. His research is devoted to fundamental and applied problems in fracture mechanics, damage mechanics and fatigue crack growth. In particular, his group is developing numerical methods (FEM, BEM, DEM) and software-tools for analyzing safety and lifetime of structural components. Another topic is the constitutive modelling of material behavior on the continuum level and on the micromechanical scale, with special focus on failure and damage processes. Of special interest are brittle and ductile failure mechanisms in metals and ceramics, and multi-field problems in smart materials. The experimental work is focused on miniaturized materials testing.
Prof. Kuna published more than 400 articles in international journals or conference proceedings. He was honored by the TEXTY award for his book about Finite Elements in Fracture Mechanics in 2013. He is engaged in academic societies like German Fracture Group, German Research Foundation and European Structural Integrity Society. Since 2015, Prof. Kuna is an Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Engineering Fracture Mechanics.