Wendelin Wright

Wendelin Wright

Professor of Mechanical & Chemical Engineering
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About Wendelin Wright

Educational Background

  • B.S., Stanford University
  • M.S., Stanford University
  • Ph.D., Stanford University

Research Interests

  • Mechanical behavior
  • Experimental measurements of avalanche behavior in solids
  • Bulk metallic glasses
  • Nanoindentation


  • Science of Materials (ENGR 240)
  • Mechanics I (MECH 220)
  • Solid Mechanics Laboratory (MECH 353L)

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, ASM International (2016)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2010)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2005)
  • Stanford University's Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching (2003)

Selected Publications

L.W. McFaul, G. Sparks, J. Sickle, J.T. Uhl, W.J. Wright, R. Maaß, and K.A. Dahmen. “Applied-force oscillations in avalanche dynamics.” Volume 101, Issue 5, 053003, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.101.053003

L.W. McFaul, W.J. Wright, J. Sickle, and K.A. Dahmen. “Force oscillations distort avalanche shapes.” Materials Research Letters, Volume 7, Issue 12, pp. 496–502, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1080/21663831.2019.1659437

K.A. Dahmen, J.T. Uhl, and W.J. Wright. “Why the crackling deformations of single crystals, metallic glasses, rock, granular materials, and the earth’s crust are so surprisingly similar.” Frontiers in Physics, Volume 7, Article 176, 2019. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphy.2019.00176

A.A. Long, D.V. Denisov, P. Schall, T.C. Hufnagel, X.J. Gu, W.J. Wright, and K.A. Dahmen. “From critical behavior to catastrophic runaways: comparing sheared granular materials with bulk metallic glasses.” Granular Matter, Volume 21, Issue 4, Article 99, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10035-019-0946-y

W.J. Wright, A.A. Long, X.J. Gu, X. Liu, T.C. Hufnagel, and K.A. Dahmen. "Slip statistics in a bulk metallic glass composite reflect their ductility." Journal of Applied Physics, Volume 124, 185101, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5051723

K.A. Dahmen and W.J. Wright. "Avalanches in Solids, Theory and Experiments." Encyclopedia of Continuum Mechanics, H. Altenbach and A. Öchsner, eds. In press, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2020. First appeared online in 2018. 19 pages. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-53605-6_73-1

L.W. McFaul, W.J. Wright, X.J. Gu, J.T. Uhl, and K.A. Dahmen. “Aftershocks in Slowly Compressed Bulk Metallic Glasses: Experiments and Theory.” Physical Review E, Volume 97, 063005, 2018. https://doi.org//10.1103/PhysRevE.97.063005

C.W. Ziemian, W.J. Wright, and D.E. Cipoletti. “Influence of impact conditions on feedstock deposition behavior of cold–sprayed Fe–based metallic glass.” Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, Volume 27, Issue 5, pp. 843–856, 2018. https://doi.org//10.1007/s11666-018-0720-4

P. Cao, K.A. Dahmen, A. Kushima, W.J. Wright, H.S. Park, M.P. Short, and S. Yip. "Nanomechanics of Slip Avalanches in Amorphous Plasticity." Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Volume 114, pp. 158-171, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmps.2018.02.012

D.R. Askeland and W.J. Wright. Essential of Materials Science and Engineering, Fourth Edition, Cengage Learning, 2018.

D.V. Denisov, K.A. Lörìncz, W.J. Wright, T.C. Hufnagel, A. Nawano, X.J. Gu, J.T. Uhl, K.A. Dahmen, and P. Schall. "Universal Slip Dynamics in Metallic Glasses and Granular Matter -Linking Frictional Weakening with Inertial Effects." Scientific Reports, Volume 7, 43376, 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep43376

M. LeBlanc, A. Nawano, W.J. Wright, X.J. Gu, J.T. Uhl, and K.A. Dahmen. "Avalanche Statistics from Data with Low Time Resolution." Physical Review E, Volume 94, 051235, 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.94.052135

W.J. Wright, Y. Liu, X.J. Gu, K.D. Van Ness*, S.L. Robare*, X. Liu, J. Antonaglia, M. LeBlanc, J.T. Uhl, T.C. Hufnagel, and K.A. Dahmen. "Experimental Evidence for Both Progressive and Simultaneous Shear During Quasistatic Compression of a Bulk Metallic Glass." Journal of Applied Physics, Volume 119, 084908, 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4942004

J.T. Uhl, S. Pathak, D. Schorlemmer, X. Liu, R. Swindeman, B.A.W. Brinkman, M. LeBlanc, G. Tsekenis, N. Friedman, R. Behringer, D. Denisov, P. Schall, X.J. Gu, W.J. Wright, T.C. Hufnagel, A. Jennings, J.R. Greer, P.K. Liaw, T. Becker, Y. Ben-Zion, G. Dresen, and K.A. Dahmen, "Universal Slip Statistics: From Nanocrystals to Earthquakes," Scientific Reports, 5, 16493 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep16493

D.R. Askeland and W.J. Wright, The Science and Engineering of Materials, Seventh Edition, Cengage Learning, 2015.

S.K. Slaughter, F. Kertis, E. Deda, X.J. Gu, W.J. Wright, and T.C. Hufnagel, "Shear bands in metallic glasses are not necessarily hot." APL Materials, 2, 096110, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4895605

J. Antonaglia, W.J. Wright, X.J. Gu, R.R. Byer, T.C. Hufnagel, M. LeBlanc, J.T. Uhl, and K.A. Dahmen, "Bulk Metallic Glasses Deform Via Slip Avalanches." Physical Review Letters, 112, 155501, 2014. http://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.155501

W.J. Wright, R.R. Byer, and X.J. Gu. "High-speed Imaging of a Bulk Metallic Glass During Uniaxial Compression." Applied Physics Letters, Volume 102, 241920, 2013. http://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.4811744

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