Carl-Ernst Rousseau

  •  Professor and Department Chair
  • Office: Pastore 228
  • Phone: 401.874.2542
  • Fax: 401.874.2355
  • Email:
  • Mailing Address: 230 Pastore Hall
    51 Lower College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881



Industrial Experience:

Mechanical/Structural Engineer, 1989 – 1997
Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Nuclear Services Division, Pensacola, FL


  • Perform Stress Analysis and Fracture Mechanics of reactor vessel internals, steam generator internals and pressure boundaries.
  • Perform seismic and vibration analysis.
  • Write stress analysis reports to be submitted to customers and government agencies.
  • Conduct tests to support analysis.
  • Design steam generator components.
  • Provide technical support to utilities customers.
  • Evaluate, prescribe modifications, and design lifting fixtures used in manufacturing.
  • Perform 2 and 3-D finite element static, thermal, modal, harmonic response, and dynamic transient analyses on linear and non-linear systems.
  • Assess effects of power plant rerating.
  • Reconcile manufacturing deviations with original design specifications.
  • Position also required extensive knowledge of computer programming and of ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel, Section III and Section XI code.


Private Engineering Consultant, 1997 – 2000

Auburn, AL

Provided engineering consulting services to industries and businesses throughout the state on pressure vessel and design issues.


Professional Affiliations:
Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Member, Society of Experimental Mechanics
Member, American Geophysical Union


  • Modeling of earthquake ruptures
  • Investigation of sub-Rayleigh and intersonic shear failure
  • Study of failure mode transition along complex preferential paths
  • Damage evolution following high velocity impact
  • Crack propagation in Functionally Graded Materials (FGM)
  • Optical interferometry
  • Homeland security


  • Post-Doctoral Research in Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D. – Auburn University
  • M.S. – University of Florida
  • B.S. – University of Florida


1.  Butcher, R. J., Rousseau, C.-E., and Tippur, H. V., Dec. 1998, “A Functionally Graded Particulate Composite:  Preparation, Measurements and Failure Analysis.”  Acta Materialia, Vol. 47, No. 1, pp. 259-268.  (Times Cited as of June 2004:  6).

2.  Xu, Liming, Tippur, Hareesh V., and Rousseau, Carl-Ernst, Nov. 1999, “Measurement of Contact Stresses Using Real-time Shearing Interferometry.”  Optical Engineering, Vol. 38, No. 11, pp. 1932-1937.  (Times Cited as of June 2004:  0).

3.  Rousseau, C.-E., and Tippur, H. V., Oct. 24, 2000, “Compositionally Graded Materials with Cracks Normal to the Elastic Gradient.”  Acta Materialia, Vol. 48, No. 16, pp. 4021-4033. (Times Cited as of June 2004:  15).

4.  Rousseau, C.-E., and Tippur, H. V., Jul. 2001, “Dynamic Fracture of Compositionally Graded Materials with Cracks Along the Elastic Gradient:  Experiments and Analysis.” Mechanics of Materials, Vol. 33, No. 7, pp. 403-421.  (Times Cited as of June 2004:  6).

5.  Rousseau, C.-E., and Tippur, H. V., Nov. 2001, “Evaluation of Gradient Profile in Dynamically Loaded Functionally Graded Materials with Cracks Normal to Elastic Gradient.” International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 38, No. 44-45, pp. 7839-7856.  (Times Cited as of June 2004:  7).

6.  Rousseau, C.-E., and Tippur, H. V., March 2002, “Evaluation of Crack Tip Fields and Stress Intensity Factors in Functionally Graded Elastic Materials:  Cracks Parallel to Elastic Gradient.” International Journal of Fracture, Vol. 114, pp. 87-111.  (Times Cited as of June 2004:  2).

7.  Rousseau, Carl-Ernst, and Tippur, Hareesh V., Sept. 2002, “Influence of Elastic Variations on Crack Initiation in Functionally Graded Glass-Filled Epoxy.”  Engineering Fracture Mechanics,invited paper, Vol. 69, pp. 1679-1693.  (Times Cited as of June 2004:  1).

8.  Rousseau, Carl-Ernst, and Rosakis, Ares J., Sept. 4, 2003, “On the Influence of Fault Bends on the Growth of Sub-Rayleigh and Intersonic Dynamic Shear Ruptures.”  Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 108, No. B9, 2411-2431 (doi:10.1029/2002JB002310).  (Times Cited as of June 2004:  0).

9.  Jain, N., Rousseau, C.-E., and Shukla, A., Nov. 2004, “Crack Tip Stress Fields in Functionally Graded Materials with Linearly Varying Properties.”  Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 42, Issue 2, pp. 155-170.