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Three plenary lectures aim at bridging between the different communities active in modelling the mechanical response of materials and between the sessions of the workshop.

Confirmed plenary speakers

  • Erik van der Giessen (RU Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • Benoît Appolaire (ONERA, France)
  • Daniel Wagner (Weizmann Institute, Israel)

Topical sessions with contributed papers of 20-30 min will be organized on

  • Plasticity of Metals,
  • Mechanics of Composite Materials,
  • Multiscale Modelling of Microstructure Evolution and Materials Mechanics.

Contributions from Biomechanics are encouraged as well.

For the sessions on Plasticity, contributions on modelling work from all length scales and with all techniques are invited. This includes, for instance, dislocation dynamics, substructure and texture evolution, polycrystal plasticity, gradient plasticity, higher order continua, or ductile damage and fracture. Although the focus will be on metals, work on other material families featuring plastic deformation is welcome as well. Experimental work is invited wherever its relevance for modelling efforts is obvious/apparent.

The Composites session will discuss the modelling of fibre reinforced composites on length scales from nano (if the composite is “nano-engineered”) via micro (fibre level), meso (yarn and ply architecture) up to macro (structural properties of the composite). The particular attention will be given to models combining different scales, dependency of the mechanical properties on the reinforcement structure and damage modelling. Any type of fibres and matrices can be the subject. Experimental works closely linked to modelling (model identification and validation) are welcome.

The sessions on Multiscale Modelling will focus on contributions covering different length and time scales of microstructure evolution, mechanical response and/or the interaction between microstructure and mechanics. Techniques of interest are, for example, concurrent and hierarchical multi-scale approaches, homogenization and coarse graining techniques, phase-field, Monte-Carlo and molecular dynamics (full atomistic and coarse-grained) models.

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