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Instability in Solids and Structures

Stavros Gaitanaros, Johns Hopkins University

Oscar Lopez-Pamies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kostas Danas, École Polytechnique

Dennis Kochmann, ETH Zurich

Ryan Elliott, University of Minnesota

Instabilities are critical features in many of today’s materials and structures, thus it is important to identify and understand the types and behavior of instabilities that can occur in a given application area. In recent years, several works have focused on harnessing controlled instabilities in order to design materials and structures with superior properties and/or multi-functionality. This symposium aims to bring together researchers interested in instability phenomena, from a broad variety of application areas within the context of solids and structures, in order to exchange knowledge and ideas on theory, modeling, and experimentation in this vital and timely area of investigation. 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Structural instabilities
  • Instabilities and failure in composite materials
  • Theoretical developments and computational algorithms in bifurcation and stability analysis 
  • Instabilities in architected materials
  • Localization and failure in nano- and micro-structured solids
  • Surface instabilities
  • Instabilities in soft matter and active materials