Multiscale mechanics of solids: microfluctuations matter!


The bottom-up design of advanced materials with unprecedented mechanical properties is a grand challenge, requiring reliable multiscale methods. The mechanical performance of engineering materials at the large scale often reveals particular emergent properties that originate from the complexity at the underlying fine scale level. Relating and predicting the macroscopic emergent behaviour is a non-trivial task, for which classical homogenization methods may fall short. This presentation addresses this multi-scale challenge, whereby the microfluctuation fields at the fine scale are key in understanding and solving the problem.  Two problems are addressed to illustrate the problem and potential solutions.

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Marc Geers
Mechanics of Materials group at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven