| ||Mechanics of Solids|
A Journal of Russian Academy of Sciences
in January 1966
Issued 6 times a year
Print ISSN 0025-6544
Online ISSN 1934-7936
Archive of Issues
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|In Russian (Èçâ. ĐÀÍ. ̀̉̉):|| ||8009|
|In English (Mech. Solids):|| ||2855|
| "Vladimir Vasil’evich Bolotin (March 29, 1926–May 28, 2008)," Mech. Solids. 43 (5), 827-828 (2008)|
||Vladimir Vasil’evich Bolotin (March 29, 1926–May 28, 2008)|
||Academician Vladimir Vasil'evich Bolotin, an outstanding scientist
in the field of mechanics, passed away on May 28, 2008 after a
serious long illness.|
Bolotin was born on March 29, 1926 in Tambov. In 1948, he graduated
from Moscow Institute of Railway Engineering in the speciality
"Bridges and Tunnels." In 1950 he defended his Candidate
dissertation, and two years later, at the age of 26, his Doctoral
dissertation. Since 1953, Bolotin had been working at Moscow Power
Engineering Institute (MPEI) at the Department of Strength of
Materials. Since 1958, for 38 years he had been Chair of this
department, which was renamed as the Department of Dynamics and
Strength of Machines in 1969, after Bolotin had organized a new
speciality in 1962. Since 1980, Bolotin had been Head of the
Laboratory of Reliability and Resources and simultaneously
continued to work at MPEI. In 1974, he was elected Corresponding
Member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, and in 1992 he was
elected Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Bolotin had wide scientific interests. He made significant
contributions to several fields of theoretical and applied
mechanics: the theory of vibrations and stability, applied theory
of elasticity, structural mechanics, theory of reliability and
safety of machines and structures, fracture mechanics, and
mechanics of composites. He published more than 500 scientific
papers, including 15 monographs. Bolotin's papers are widely known
in our country and abroad and are used in various fields of science
and technology. His monographs were translated into many languages,
and most of the papers were published abroad.
Bolotin obtained fundamental results in the theory of stability of
elastic systems under dynamic loads, in the theory of
aeroelasticity, and in the development of asymptotic methods for
solving problems in vibration theory. He exerted significant
influence on the development of probabilistic-statistical methods
in mechanics, on the construction of the general theory of
reliability of structures, and on the development of the theory of
seismic resistance of installations.
In the field of mechanics of composites, he developed models of
layered and fibered media, methods for determining efficient
elastic moduli, methods for predicting residual stresses in
structures made of composite materials, stochastic models of damage
accumulation and fracture, methods for predicting the resources at
the stage of design of technical objects, and methods for
estimating the residual resources at the stage of their operation.
In the last years, Bolotin actively worked in the field of fracture
mechanics; he proposed a general approach to describing the
mechanical behavior of loaded bodies under variations in their
configuration, including crack propagation; he developed the theory
of crack growth, which describes all stages of fatigue failure.
Bolotin found applications of the theory to crack growth modeling
with hereditary phenomena and the influence of aggressive media
taken into account.
Bolotin actively worked on the solution of applied problems in
construction industry, aviation and space technology, shipbuilding,
and nuclear power engineering; he was at the head of development of
a new generation of state standards in reliability of technical
objects and of reference and methodological materials.
Bolotin gave much force and energy to the improvement of education
of engineering, scientific, and pedagogical personnel. Under his
guidance, the Department of "Dynamics and Strength of Machines"
at MPEI trained more than 1200 mechanical engineers-researchers.
Representatives of the scientific school created by Bolotin are
fruitfully working in numerous fields of science and technology.
Under his guidance, 20 Doctor dissertations and more than 150
Candidate dissertations were defended.
Bolotin carried active social-scientific and organizing work in the
Russian Academy of Sciences, in the Russian Academy of Architecture
and Civil Enginering, at the National Committee in Theoretical and
Applied Mechanics, in the All-Union Council of Scientific and
Technical Society, in Scientific and Technical Society of
Construction Industry, in Scientific and Technical Council of
"Gosstroi," in Interindustry Scientific and Technical Complex
"Reliability of Machines" in Higher Attestation Commission, at
Editorial Boards of domestic and foreign scientific journals, at
the Organizing Committees of numerous scientific conferences and
symposia. He was frequently invited to deliver lectures at leading
foreign universities and scientific centers.
For his versatile activity, Bolotin received state awards and
domestic and foreign scientific prizes and titles. He was awarded
the State Prizes of the USSR and the Russian Federation in the
field of science and technology, the Prize of the Government of the
Russian Federation, the Honorary Prize of the European Safety and
Reliability Association, and the Alexander von Humboldt Prize.
Bolotin was elected Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
the Russian Engineering Academy, and the Russian Academy of
Architecture and Civil Engineering, Foreign Member of the USA
National Engineering Academy, Honorary Professor of MPEI, and
Honorary Doctor of Budapest Technical University. Bolotin was
awarded the Order of Lenin, Order of the Red Banner of Labor, Order
of the October Revolution, Order of Friendship, Gold Medal of the
Czechoslovakian Academy of Sciences "For Great Services Rendered
to Science and Mankind," and the Alfred Freudenthal medal of the
American Society of Civil Engineers.
The blessed memory of Vladimir Vasil'evich Bolotin will forever
remain in the hearts of his students, friends, and colleagues.
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