Eric N. Landis

Frank M. Taylor Professor

Eric Landis5711 Boardman Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5711
Phone: 207.581.2173
Fax: 207.581.3888


Ph.D. Civil Engineering
Northwestern University, 1993.

B.S. Civil Engineering
University of Wisconsin, 1985.


CIE 110 Materials
CIE 440 Structural Analysis I

CIE 540/ MEE 453 Experimental Analysis of Structures/ Experimental Mechanics
CIE 648 Fracture Mechanics

Professional Interest:

Eric’s research interests are in experimental mechanics and fracture, with particular focus on the use of innovative laboratory techniques to solve problems of fracture and failure in cement-based and wood-based composite materials. He also dabbles in computational modeling, biomimetics, burrowing marine invertebrates, and other things he should probably keep his nose out of. He has particular expertise in x-ray computed tomography and associated 3D image processing, as well as a background in quantitative acoustic emission analysis techniques. He has published numerous scientific papers, and he is co-author of the text Fracture and Fatigue of Wood (Wiley, 2003). Prior to his academic career he spent several years in civil engineering consulting. At UMaine he has been honored for both his teaching and research. In 2002 he was presented with the UMaine Presidential Outstanding Teaching Award, in 2004 he was Distinguished Maine Professor, and in 2006 he was the Carnegie Foundation U.S. Professor of the Year in Maine. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Maine.

Selected Publications:

M. D. Jackson, E. N. Landis, P. F. Brune, M. Vitti, H. Chen, Q. Li, M. Kunz, H.-R. Wenk, P. J. M. Monteiro, and A. R. Ingraffea, “Mechanical Resiliance and Cementitious Processes in Imperial Roman Architectural Mortar,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences V. 111 No. 52, 2014, pp. 18484-18489.

S. C. de Wolski, J. E. Bolander, and E. N. Landis, “An In Situ Microtomography Study of Split Cylinder Fracture in Cement-Based Materials,” Experimental Mechanics V. 54 No. 7, 2014, pp. 1227-1235.

K. J. Trainor, B. W. Foust, and E. N. Landis, “Measurement of Energy Dissipation Mechanisms in the Fracture of Fiber Reinforced Ultra High Strength Cement-Based Composites” Journal of Engineering Mechanics, V. 139 No. 7, 2013, pp. 771-779.

A.M Young, L. Karp-Boss, P.A. Jumars, and E.N. Landis, “Quantifying diatom aspirations: mechanical properties of chain-forming species,” Limnology & Oceanography, V. 57 No. 6, 2012, pp. 1789-1801.

D. Asahina, E. N. Landis, and J. E. Bolander, “Modeling of Phase Interfaces During Pre-Critical Crack Growth in Concrete,” Cement and Concrete Composites, V. 33, No. 9, 2011, pp. 966-977.

E. N. Landis and D. T. Keane, “Tutorial Review: X-Ray Microtomography,” Materials Characterization, V. 61, No. 12, 2010, pp. 1305-1316.

E. N. Nagy, E. N. Landis, and W. G. Davids, “Acoustic Emission Measurements and Lattice Simulations of Microfracture Events in Spruce,” Holzforschung, V. 64, 2010, pp. 455-461.

S. J. Peters, T. S. Rushing, E. N. Landis, and T. K. Commins, “Nano and Micro Cellulose Fibers for Concrete,” Transportation Research Record, No. 2142, 2010, pp. 25-28.

E. N. Landis and J. E. Bolander, “Explicit Representation of Physical Processes in Concrete Fracture” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, V. 42, No. 21, 2009, pp. 17

E. N. Landis and P. Navi, “Modelling Crack Propagation in Wood and Wood Composites. A Review” Holzforchung, V. 63, No. 2, 2009, pp. 150-156.

S. Diamond and E. N. Landis, “Microstructural Features of a Mortar as Seen by Computed Tomography,” Materials and Structures , V. 40, No. 9, 2007, pp. 989-993.

C. R. Fournier, W. G. Davids, E. N. Nagy, and E. N. Landis, “Morphological Lattice Models for the Simulation of Softwood Failure and Fracture,” Holzforschung, V. 60, No.4, 2007, pp. 360-366.

E. N. Landis, T. Zhang, E. N. Nagy, G. Nagy, and W. R. Franklin, “Cracking, Damage and Fracture in Four Dimensions,” Materials and Structures, V. 40, No. 4, 2007, pp. 357-364.

S. Lu, D. T. Keane, and E. N. Landis, “X-ray Microtomographic Studies of Pore Structure and Permeability in Portland Cement Concrete,” Materials and Structures, V. 39, No. 6, 2006, pp. 609-618.

E. N. Landis, “Towards a Physical Damage Variable for Concrete,” Journal of Engineering Mechanics, V. 132, No. 7, 2006, pp. 771-774.

E. N. Landis, “Damage Variables Based on Three Dimensional Measurements of Crack Geometry,” Strength, Fracture and Complexity, V. 4, No. 2-4, 2005, pp. 163-173.

K. M. Dorgan, P. A. Jumars, B. Johnson, B. P. Boudreau, and E. N. Landis, “Burrowing Extension by Crack Propagation,” Nature, V. 433, 3 February, 2005, pp. 475.

S. Vasic, I. Smith, and E. N. Landis, “Overview of the Finite Element Techniques and Models in Wood Fracture Mechanics,” Wood Science and Technology, V. 39, No. 1, 2005, pp. 3-17.