David K. Matlock

University Emeritus Professor

Education: B.S. University of Texas/Austin and M.S., Ph.D. Stanford University

Phone: (303) 273-3775

Fax: (303) 273-3016

Email: dmatlock@mines.edu

Mailing Address:
David K. Matlock
George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401

Research Area

  • Mechanical metallurgy
  • Fracture and failure analysis
  • Metal forming

Technical Focus

I joined the CSM faculty in 1972 as a member of the physical and mechanical metallurgy program. Since that time, the mechanical testing and forming laboratories have expanded to the point where we now have one of the most complete university laboratory facilities in the United States. This has had substantial impact on our undergraduate, graduate, and research programs.

An understanding of the mechanical properties of materials is important to both metallurgical engineers and materials scientists alike. Our undergraduate program includes a balance of lecture and laboratory studies designed to link theoretical interpretation with directed laboratory projects. To properly understand mechanical properties, it is essential that sudents have meaningful laboratory experiences.

At the graduate level, I am active in a variety of metallurgy programs which emphasize both fundamental and applied studies. Some of my current programs include deformation behavior and formability of sheet steels, including coated sheet products; development of welding consumables to produce high-toughness welds in new high-strength structural steels; evaluation of the deformation behavior at interfaces in forming operations; and the analysis of fracture toughness in new bar and forging steels.