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Mechanics of Architected Materials

Carlos M. Portela, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lucas R. Meza, University of Washington

Lorenzo Valdevit, UC Irvine

Architected materials derive their mechanical properties both from their geometry and their constituent material composition, and their ongoing development has greatly expanded the limits of existing mechanical property spaces. Progress in this field has benefitted greatly from novel fabrication methods for scaled up fabrication, new modeling frameworks for capturing unique properties, and new design paradigms — both human- and computer-guided. Diverse technological demands could benefit from the widespread applications of architected materials, but significant progress remains to be made on characterizing their non-linear, dynamic and fracture-based mechanical property spaces, to name a few. This symposium will focus on theoretical, computational, and experimental efforts to advance knowledge of the mechanics of architected materials for a wide range of applications including (but not limited to) stuctures, biology, nanotechnology, energy, sensing, and medicine.

Topics of interest include:

•    Multi-scale design of architected materials

•    Topology optimization or machine-learning for novel architecture development

•    Multi-scale characterization of mechanical responses, both experimental and computational

•    Multifunctional architected materials

•    Mechanical and non-mechanical coupling (light, heat, electricity, etc.)

•    Scalable manufacturing of architected materials

•    Novel characterization techniques for mechanical and microstructural analysis