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Catastrophic thinning of dielectric elastomers

Consider a thin dielectric plate with conducting faces: when will it break if a voltage is applied? If it is rigid it will break once its dielectric strength is overcome by the voltage. But what if it is highly stretchable, like the elastomers used for soft actuators, stretchable electronics, or energy harvesters? The precise answer to that question is not known. 

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Conference in honor of Lev Truskinovsky's 60th birthday

On behalf of the Organisers, I wish to post the following message: 


Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce

Nonconvexity, Nonlocality and Incompatibility: From Materials to Biology

Conference in honor of Lev Truskinovsky's 60th birthday 

Department of Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh

May 5-7, 2017

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