Symposium 8

Poromechanics of Thin Deformable Porous Materials, Layers, and Interfaces

The proposed mini-symposium will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of the state-of-the-art in the “Poromechanics of Thin Deformable Porous Materials, Layers, and Interfaces.”  These materials/layers/interfaces share two main physical characteristics: (I) thin through-thickness dimension relative to lateral dimension (i.e., shell-like), with three-dimensional geometry and loading; (II) coupled physical processes of solid skeleton deformation and relative fluid flow through pores.  In addition, temperature/chemical/electromagnetic effects can play a role in the performance of these materials. 

Examples of these materials include, but are not limited, to:

  • Breathable, flexible, selectively-permeable body suits for first responders to biological/chemical attacks (e.g., fire fighters and emergency medical technicians);
  • Flexible, breathable, puncture-resistant, light-weight body armor (with (1) as potential liner);
  • Biological tissue membranes (ocular lens capsule/basement membranes, cell membranes) or hydrogel membranes;
  • Geosynthetic clay liners for landfill and mining waste containment;
  • Flexible, fracture-resistant asphalt pavements;
  • Concrete containment vessel or tunnel liner subjected to high temperature;
  • Deformable fuel cell membranes;
  • Breathable architectural walls;
  • Deformable porous materials that possess a network of cracks; 
  • Material interfaces in hydrated biological tissues and gels.

Emphasis will be on novel theoretical model formulations, experimental methods, computational methods, and practical applications involving the Poromechanics of Thin Deformable Porous Materials, Layers, and Interfaces.

Symposium Organizers: 

Richard Regueiro (primary contact), University of Colorado at Boulder

Franck Vernerey, University of Colorado at Boulder