Technical Track: Nano- and Micro- Mechanics of Materials with Microstructure

Description: In solid mechanics, the continuum assumption expects that properties are uniform between any two points, but properties in real materials vary between points in space from the subatomic scale up to the mm scale.  Thus, homogenization is required to generate properties that can be used in a continuum setting.  Alternatively, solids can to be modeled as heterogeneous continuum structures, where the scale of heterogeneity depends on the scale and nature of the problem of interest.  This subset of solid mechanics (nanomechanics and micromechanics) examines mathematical ways to represent heterogeneity in efficient ways to allow examination of the influence of heterogeneous deformation on larger scale properties, from the atomic scale to the micro- and meso- structural scale.  For practical generation of effective material models, methods to extract salient physical phenomena to hand up to the next larger level of scale are needed, since the size of a heterogeneous domain that can be modeled is limited by the size of a computational facility.


Thomas R. Bieler, Michigan State University
David L. McDowell
, Georgia Institute of Technology

Objectives: Authors and presenters are invited to participate in this event to expand international cooperation, understanding and promotion of efforts and disciplines in the area of materials science and physics of solids. Dissemination of knowledge by presenting research results, new developments, and novel concepts in materials science and physics of solids will serve as the foundation upon which the congress program of this area will be developed.