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Non-linear Mechanics of Soft Active Materials: Theory and Applications

Course Type: 
PhD Course
Academic Year: 
2016-2017
Period: 
May-June
Duration: 
20 h
Description: 

- Introduction to the physics and applications of soft active materials: polymers, gels, natural and biological tissues
- Preliminaries (1): the Principle of Virtual Power and its consequences
- Preliminaries (2): Thermodynamics and constitutive equations: dissipation inequality and Coleman-Noll procedure
- A mechanical framework for active materials: metric description of elasticity and multiplicative decomposition of the deformation gradient
- Dimension reduction: derivation of a Koiter-like plate theory from 3D elasticity with spontaneous strains
- Applications to shape morphing
- Non-linear poroelasticity: a coupled theory for swelling gels
- Neo-Hookean elasticity and mixing energy for polymer solutions (Flory-Rehner theory)

Location: 
Lecture of May 17th, 31st will be held in room 005. The lecture of May 24th will be held in room 139. The lecture of June, 7th will be held in Lecture Room 136
Location: 
A-133

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