Dr. Michelle S. Hoo Fatt

Dr. Michelle S. Hoo Fatt

Title: Professor
Dept/Program: Mechanical Engineering
Office: ASEC 107C
Phone: 330-972-6308
Fax: 330-972-6027
Email: hoofatt@uakron.edu


Professor Michelle S. Hoo Fatt earned her B.S. degree (1987) in Mechanical Engineering and her M.S (1990) and Ph.D. (1992) degrees in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  In 1995, she joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Akron, where she teaches courses on Mechanics of Solids, Failure Analysis, Applied Stress and Wave Propagation.  Her research areas are Elastomer Mechanics, Blast and Impact Mechanics and Composite Structures.  She is an ASME Fellow, and serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Impact Engineering and Thin-Walled Structures.

Research Accomplishments

Composite structures; sandwich structures; elastomers; blast and impact mechanics; fluid-structure interaction; damage modeling; FEA.  Current interests in the use of foam-core composite sandwich panels for underwater blast mitigation; polymer foam constitutive modeling; multi-scale, damage modeling for FEA simulation of filled rubbers.


  1. Li, B. and Hoo Fatt, M.S. “Impact Damage and Residual Strength Predictions of 2D Woven SiC/SiC Composites,” Finite Elements in Analysis & Design, Vol. 113, pp. 30-42, 2016.

  2. Li, B. and Hoo Fatt, M.S. “Use of a Cohesive Zone Model to Predict Dynamic Tearing of Rubber,” Tire Science and Technology, Vol. 43, No. 4, pp. 297-334, 2015. (Won Best Student Paper Award at Tire Science and Technology Conference in 2014.)

  3. Sirivolu, D. and Hoo Fatt, M.S. “Dynamic Stability of Double-Curvature Composite Shells under External Blast,” International Journal of Nonlinear Mechanics, Vol. 77, pp. 281-290, 2015.

  4. Hoo Fatt, M.S. and Sirivolu, D. “Blast Response of Double Curvature, Composite Sandwich Shallow Shells,” Engineering Structures, Vol. 100, pp.  696–706, 2015.

  5. Hoo Fatt, M. S. and Chen, L.  “A Viscoelastic Damage Model for Hysteresis in PVC H100 Foam under Cyclic Loading,” Journal of Cellular Plastics, Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 269–287, 2015.

  6. Chen, L. and Hoo Fatt, M. S.  “Transversely Isotropic Mechanical Properties of PVC Foam under Cyclic Loading,” Journal of Materials Science, Vol. 48, No. 19, pp. 6786-6796, 2013.

  7. Gao, Y. and Hoo Fatt, M.S. “Local Facesheet Pulse Buckling in a Curved, Composite Sandwich Panel,” Composite Structures, Vol. 104, pp. 249–260, 2013.

  8. Hoo Fatt, M.S., Gao, Y. and Sirivolu, D. “Foam-Core, Curved Composite Sandwich Panels under Blast,” Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 261–291, 2013.

  9. Hoo Fatt, M.S. and Chapagain P. “Pressure Pulse Response of Composite Sandwich Panels with Plastic Core Damping,” Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 392-429, 2012.

  10. Hoo Fatt M.S. and Surabhi H. “Blast Resistance and Energy Absorption of Foam-Core Cylindrical Sandwich Shells under External Blast,” Composite Structures, Vol. 94, pp. 3174–3185, 2012.

  11. Hoo Fatt, M.S., Chen, L. and Al-Quraishi, A.A. “Fracture Parameters for Natural Rubber under Dynamic Loading,” Strain, Vol. 47, pp. 505-518, 2011.

  12. Liu, M. and Hoo Fatt, M.S. “A Constitutive Equation for Filled Rubber under Cyclic Loading,” International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, Vol. 46, pp. 446-456, 2011.


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1992); M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1990); B.S.M.E., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987);


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1992); M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1990); B.S.M.E., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987)



4600:336 Analysis of Mechanical Components:  junior-level strength of materials; stress analysis; combined loading; theories of failure; fatigue.


4600:623 Applied Stress I:  Airy/Prandtl stress functions and their applications; variational methods, including theorem of Minimum Potential Energy and Hamilton’s principle.

4600:625 Analysis of Mechanical Component:  graduate-level strength of materials; advanced beam, plate and shell theories; energy methods; structural plasticity. 

4600:635 Stress Waves in Solids:  propagation of elastic-plastic stress waves through solids; transmission, reflection, absorption and diffraction phenomena; low and high velocity impact.

4600:661 Failure Analysis of Mechanical Systems:  applications of failure theories, fracture mechanics and fatigue, including composite and welded structures.