Stability of anisotropic magnetorheological elastomers in finite deformations: A micromechanical approach
Stephan Rudykh and Katia Bertoldi
Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 61 (2013) 949–967
Two post-doctoral positions are available in the lab of Sachin Velankar in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh to conduct experimental research on the biomechanics of surface texturing in cephalopods (octopus or cuttlefish), and to devise reversibly-morphing surfaces. These animals are famous for their camouflage abilities. Like many other animals, cephalopods can change their color, but in addition, they can also change the texture of their skin by expressing protuberances or wrinkles. This research aims to elucidate the biomechanics of texture changes and devise biomimetic surfaces that change their surface topography in response to stimulus.
In conjunction with the 2nd International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - BIOSTEC 2009