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Symposium on Recent Advances in Mechanical Metamaterials (18th USNC/TAM)

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Dear Mechanicians,

You are cordially invited to submit your abstract (text 400 words) to our Symposium on Recent Advances in Mechanical Metamaterials (symposium 352) as part of the 18th U.S. National Congress for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics that will be hosted by Northwestern University at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare from June 5 to June 9, 2018.

Abstract submission is open until November 10, 2017

About the Symposium 352: Recent Advances in Mechanical Metamaterials

The purpose of this symposium to is highlight recent advances in mechanical metamaterials, architected materials, engineered structural composites and material systems with dramatically enhanced mechanical properties, or properties inexistent in natural materials. Examples include negative elastic moduli, negative compressibility, negative thermal expansion, reverse Saint-Venant effect, surface localization of vibration and deformation energy, acoustic and mechanical rectifiers and by-passers, etc. These properties are obtained via smart geometric arrangements of material’s constitutive elements, rather than their composition. The symposium covers all aspects of mechanical metamaterials research with an emphasis on:

1) Understanding basic physical phenomena that determine metamaterials functionality, such as Bragg’s scattering, internal resonance, anomalous Fourier mode behavior, and multistability transitions

2) Understanding the role of geometry and structural hierarchy

3) Phase diagrams, phase transitions maps and other panoramic descriptive approaches of materials properties investigation

4) Design approaches and novel manufacturing methods, in particular, 3D and 4D printing

5) Numerical modelling, including multiscale methods and approaches suitable for modelling essentially non-linear, highly concave and multistable material systems

Symposium Organizers:

Eduard Karpov (University of Illinois at Chicago,
Simon Guest (University of Cambridge,
Ahmad Rafsanjani (Harvard University,

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