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Symposium on "Defects in materials: Theory and Applications" at 2008 ASME conference

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A symposium on "Defects in materials: Theory and Applications" is being organized at the 2008 ASME conference in Boston (Oct 31-Nov6). To submitt abstracts to this symposium choose Track 12-4 (Track 12, topic 4). The abstract submission deadline is March 3, 2008. Below is the description and scope of the symposium:

This minisymposium aims to bring together researchers involved in the broad area of defected solids. Defects play a crucial role in influencing the various materials properties, and exhibit complex structure on varying length scales - from electronic structure of the defect core (sub-nanometer and below) to elastic fields of the continuum (micrometer and beyond). This symposium discusses the recent theoretical, and computational advances in understanding the various aspects of defects in materials including nucleation, kinetics, and their influence on various materials properties.

The range of physical models of interest span quantum mechanics-based theories, atomistic and molecular dynamics, and continuum mesoscale models. Computational techniques include concurrent multiscale methods, spatio-temporal coarse-graining, as well as methods to extract sub-grid models from fundamental theories. Finally, the physical problems include multi-physics aspects of various defects such as vacancies, dislocations, cracks, interfaces, surfaces and nano-clusters.

Symposium Organizers:

Vikram Gavini, University of Michigan (

Kaushik Dayal, Carnegie Mellon University (

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