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Symposium on Architected Materials at Mach 2015

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We are pleased to announce the symposium "Design, Fabrication and Characterization of Architected Materials" at the upcoming 2015 Mach Conference (  A full description of the symposium is provided below. Abstracts are due December 5, though please let us know if you are interested in participating but need additional time to prepare the abstract. 

Jamie Guest, Johns Hopkins University
Lorenzo Valdevit, University of California, Irvine

Mach 2015 (
April 8-10, 2015
Abstracts Due: Friday, December 5, 2015
Annapolis, Maryland, USA
 Design, Fabrication and Characterization of Architected Materials Symposium 

Material processing technologies are rapidly advancing and manufacturers now have the ability to control material architecture, or topology, at unprecedented length scales. This provides unique opportunities for optimizing material properties through the design of a material’s architecture. For example, materials with architectures characterized as microtruss lattices have been shown to offer high strength and stiffness at low densities, while more complex architectures have been designed with topology optimization to achieve previously unrealized combinations of multi-physics properties. 

This minisymposium will discuss the latest advancements in computational design, fabrication, and characterization of architected materials.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

Advances in Design
   Architectural design algorithms based on optimization (topology, shape, parametric optimization) 
   Material systems such as micro-truss lattices, hierarchical architectures, and functionally graded architectures 
   Design for manufacturability and flaw-tolerance (robustness)

Advances in Manufacturing
  Advances in additive manufacturing for realization of architected materials
  3D weaving, knitting and other fiber forms/preforms
  Multi-material, multi-length-scale fabrication processes
  Scalable self-assembly techniques

Advances in Characterization
  Multi-scale testing (e.g. linking constituent, topological and bulk properties)
  3D tomography and related techniques

Applications of optimized architected materials are also of interest, including applications as structural, band gap, and multifunctional materials.

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