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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Richard E. Link, Ph.D.

Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering Department
United States Naval Academy
590 Holloway Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5042
(410) 293-6523


University of Maryland - College Park, 1993
Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering
Dissertation: "The Mechanics of Self-similar, Mixed Mode Fatigue Crack Growth"

University of Maryland, 1984
Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering

University of Maryland, 1983
Bachelors of Science, Mechanical Engineering


Elastic-plastic Fracture Mechanics
Dynamic Fracture
Experimental Mechanics
Computational Fracture Mechanics

  • Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (Aug. 2007 - Present)
  • Associate Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (Aug. 2000 - Aug. 2007)
  • Assistant Professor, U.S. Naval Academy, (Aug. 1995 - Aug. 2000)
  • Mechanical Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, (Feb. 1985 - Aug. 1995)
  • Joyce, J.A., Wells, D., Stoltz, B., Shelton, L., Jacobs, P., Link, R.E., “Evaluating the fracture toughness of layered pressure vessel steels,” Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Volume 207, 15 February 2019, Pages 149-164.
  • Hack, H., Olig, S., Knudsen, E., Link, R., Beckwith, A., and Arcari, A., “Fatigue and Corrosion Fatigue Properties of Additive-Manufactured Nickel Alloy 625 and Ti-6Al-4V,” Materials Performance and Characterization, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2018, pp. 456–467.
  • Hack, H., Link, R., Knudsen, E., Baker, B., Olig, S., “Mechanical properties of additive manufactured nickel alloy 625,” Additive Manufacturing, 14, 2017, pp. 105-115.
  • Link, R.E., “Round-Robin Analysis of Standard Data Sets for Evaluation of Fracture Toughness using ASTM E 1820,” Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 43(1), January 2015.
  • Link, R.E., “Development of an Extended Compact Crack Arrest Specimen,” Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Fracture, ICF12, Ottawa CANADA, July 12-17, 2009
  • Petti, J., Dodds, R.H., Jr., and Link, R.E., "Crack Mouth Opening Displacement-Based η Factors for SE(B) Specimens," Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 37(4), July 2009, pp. 383-386.
  • Link, R.E., Joyce, J.A., and Roe, C., “Crack arrest testing of high strength structural steels for naval applications,” Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 76(3), February 2009, pp 402-418.


ASTM International Committee E08 Fracture Mechanics Medal, 2015
U.S. Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 2006
USNA Raouf Ali Raouf Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching Engineering, 2004
American Society for Testing and Materials, Award of Merit (Society Fellow), 2002

Professional Membership

American Society for Testing and Materials
American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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