Symposium 5

10th Symposium on Mechanics of Biological and Biologically Inspired Materials

The Properties of Materials Committee, the Poromechanics Committee and the Biomechanics Committee of the Engineering Mechanics Institute are organizing a symposium at the 2011 EMI Conference on the

Mechanics of Biological and Biologically Inspired Materials

The purpose of this symposium is to provide a forum for presenting ongoing research on aspects of biomechanics, micro and nanostructure, and synthesis and processing of materials as found in and as inspired by biology. Topics range through theoretical foundations, modeling, computational methods and experimental investigations. In particular, we encourage contributions in the areas of:

  • Modeling and simulation of mechanical properties of biological materials at all scales from atomistic to continuum, including experimental validation (materiomics).
  • Materials design, synthesis and processing based on biological materials.
  • Scale transition methods for bio-inspired or biological materials.
  • Nano and micro scale characterization of interfaces.
  • Poromechanical problems in bio-inspired or biological materials.
  • Instabilities, non-uniqueness, loss of ellipticity, discontinuous and non-smooth solutions
  • Fracture and failure processes.
  • Growth of fibrous biological tissues and issues of stability.

Symposium Organizers:

Roberto Ballarini, James L. Record Professor and Head Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota
Email:    broberto@umn.edu 

Markus J. Buehler, Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Email:  mbuehler@mit.edu

Luis Dorfmann, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
Email:   luis.dorfmann@tufts.edu

Christian Hellmich, Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Vienna, Austria
Email: christian.hellmich@tuwien.ac.at

Dinesh R. Katti, North Dakota State University
Email: dinesh.katti@ndsu.edu