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Minisymposium 'MS 13: Mechanics of Soft Materials and Structures' at EMI 2015 at Stanford University

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Dear Colleagues,

as part of the EMI 2015 Conference (Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference) to be held in Stanford, United States, June 16-19 2015, we are organizing a minisymposium entitled

MS 13: Mechanics of Soft Materials and Structures

The objective of this minisymposium is to bring together researchers working on the development of microstructural based constitutive models for soft materials and structures. Examples are polymers, porous media, liquid crystal elastomers, gels, non-woven fabrics, or cellular foams as well as soft biological structures with a rod-, plate-, or shell-type geometry.

Contributions presenting advanced computational techniques on single scales and bridging techniques across several length and time scale as well as recent experimental, theoretical, and manufacturing advances are welcome.

We invite contributions concerned with (but not limited to) phenomena due to large deformations, instabilities, damage, failure, self-healing, swelling, diffusion, and electro-chemo-mechanical coupling. Soft electroactive materials whose macroscopic properties are particularly designed by their microstructural architecture are of particular interest to the sustainability theme of the conference.

Detailed information on the congress is available at:

The deadline for the abstract submission is November 15, 2014. For details see

Thanks a lot for your cooperation and best regards,

Christian and Wei

Christian Linder
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Stanford University

Wei Cai
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University

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