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Castro, Francisco Senior Instructor

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Research

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  • Dr. Castro's field of study includes the study of the mechanical behavior of materials. His main work consist of studying the effects of time and temperature on shape memory polymers. Research activities include experimental and theoretical approaches.

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  • Solid mechanics, polymer testing, shape memory polymers, mechanical testing and finite element analysis.

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Teaching

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  • MCEN 3025 - Component Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Application of mechanics and materials science to the detailed design of various machine elements including shafts, bearings, gears, brakes, springs, and fasteners. Emphasizes application and open-ended design problems.
  • MCEN 3030 - Computational Methods
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Studies fundamental numerical techniques for the solution of commonly encountered engineering problems. Includes methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, data analysis, numerical differentiation and integration, ordinary and partial differential equations.
  • MCEN 4043 - System Dynamics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Covers linear dynamic systems and mathematical tools for understanding them, input-output relationships, modeling templates, complex variables, Laplace transform, time-harmonic forcing and response, Fourier series and discrete Fourier transform, and coupled systems.
  • MCEN 4123 - Vibration Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Highlights free and forced vibration of discrete and continuous systems. Examines Lagrange's equation, Fourier series, Laplace transforms, and matrix and computational methods. Applies knowledge to practical engineering problems. Same as ASEN 4123.
  • MCEN 4173 - Finite Element Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Introduces the theory behind and applications of the finite element method as a general and powerful tool to model a variety of phenomena in mechanical engineering. Applications include structural mechanics, mechanics of elastic continua and heat conduction. Same as MCEN 5173.
  • MCEN 5173 - Finite Element Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Introduces the theory behind and applications of the finite element method as a general and powerful tool to model a variety of phenomena in mechanical engineering. Applications include structural mechanics, mechanics of elastic continua and heat conduction. Same as MCEN 4173.
  • MCEN 5228 - Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Subject matter to be selected from topics of current interest. May be repeated up to 15 credit hours. Same as MCEN 4228.

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