Theocharis Baxevanis, University of Houston
Dimitris Lagoudas, Texas A&M University
Bjoern Kiefer, TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Stephan Rudykh, University of Wisconsin Madison
Edwin A. Peraza Hernandez, University of California, Irvine
The topic of this symposium is broad, from a scientific understanding of the processes of deformation and mechanical failure, to the structural and functional effectiveness and reliability of active materials in engineering applications. The aim is to offer a platform for scientists and engineers to present and discuss experimental, modeling, and simulation research on the underlying physical mechanisms that govern the deformation response and failure in such materials, the connections between these processes, as well as on the design and performance evaluation of related structures. Both hard and soft active materials are considered, such as thermomechanical and ferromagnetic shape memory alloys, liquid crystal elastomers, magnetoactive elastomers, and any other type of material or system that responds to a non-mechanical stimulus.