Organizer(s) / Affiliation(s): Professor James D. Lee, The George Washington University, Professor Xianqiao Wang, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Abstract: Many complex materials require multi-scale and/or multi-physics research, to connect structure to properties and ultimately to function. The unique amalgamation of the discrete multiple length spectrum and its multi-physics principles creates a unprecedented area whose evolution can only be unveiled through the marriage of advancement of theoretical studies, exploitation of computational methods, and non-traditional experimental validation. While serving as a corner stone of many novel applications in all engineering disciplines, mechanics of materials has been revolutionized in the past two decades by the emergence of experimental and computational techniques to study the properties and behaviors of materials near atomic/molecular scales. The research areas addressed in the minisymposia include, but are not limited to: 1. Nanocomposites 2. Smart materials such as ferroelectric, dielectric materials 3. Biomechanics and biomaterials, including cell mechanics, biomimetics, bio-inspired materials 4. Mechanics of biological growth 5. Thermal study at nano and micro scales 6. Quantum level and/or atomic level simulation 7. Multi-scale computations in fluids 8. Mechanics of integrated structures and materials 9. Multiple length/time scale material modeling and simulations.