Advances in computational materials micro-mechanics
Recent progresses in experimental materials characterization at the micro-/nano-scale and increased affordability of high performance computing have favored, in recent years, the development of much research in computational materials micromechanics, which today effectively supports the development of novel high-performance materials for multifunctional engineering applications.
The investigations in this field are focused on understanding the tight relationships between materials microstructures, the micro-mechanisms governing their behavior and their effective properties in real conditions of service, i.e. the full structure-property link. The analyses are often based on the explicit micro-scale simulation of the mechanical behavior of the material building blocks (e.g. fibers, inclusions and matrix in composite materials, individual crystals in polycrystalline materials, etc.) and their mutual interactions. The computational simulation of the microscale, often including detailed multi-physics descriptions of the material constituents, poses formidable challenges from the modeling point of views, ranging from the inclusion of adequate constitutive descriptions to the selection of the most effective numerical method. Further complexity is added when the understanding of highly non-linear phenomena, such as micro-damage and micro-cracking evolution, is of interest.
The mini-symposium is addressed at exploring recent advances in the above-sketched rapidly evolving and multidisciplinary field. Either contributions focused on elucidating, through modeling, physics aspects of materials behavior or addressed at developing new mathematical/computational techniques for better materials understanding are invited.
Prof. Ivano Benedetti, University of Palermo, Italy
Ivano Benedetti is currently Associate Professor of Aerospace Structures in the Department of Engineering at the University of Palermo, Italy.
He has been Fulbright Visiting Scholar (2015-16) at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA and Marie Curie Individual Fellow (2011-13) at Imperial College London.
He was awarded his PhD Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy in 2008.
Has has authored or co-authored overall more than 30 scientific peer-reviewed papers and more than 60 contributions to international conferences.
His research interests include: Computational materials/structural modeling; Damage and fracture mechanics; Structural Health Monitoring; Mechanics of beams and plates; Micromechanics; Multiscale modeling; Polycrystalline materials; Composite materials; Piezoelectric materials; Finite Element Methods; Boundary Element Methods.
Prof. Fabrice Barbe, INSA Rouen Normandie, France
Fabrice Barbe is currently Associate Professor in the Mechanics Department of INSA Rouen, member of the Group of Physics of Materials (GPM), co-affiliated to CNRS, University of Rouen and INSA Rouen. He received his MSc from the University P. and M. Curie in Paris and his PhD from Mines Paristech, France. He has headed the Mechanics Department of INSA Rouen from 2014 to 2017 and the Mechanics of Materials Research Team of GPM from 2017 to 2019. He is co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed international articles and 60 international conferences, most of them on the micromechanics of polycrystals and stratified composites.
Prof. Antonio Caggiano, TU-Darmstadt (Germany) and University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Antonio Caggiano is a Research member of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET - Argentina) and Assistant Professor of the University of Buenos Aires. Currently, he is working as Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Institute of Construction and Building Materials of TU-Darmstadt (Germany). His research interests include micro-, meso- and multi-scale models for coupled thermal-energy storage and fracture mechanisms of cement-based materials like concrete, mortars and FRC. He is co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed international articles, 1 patent, 50 international conferences and several EU FP7&H2020 projects deliverables.
Special Issue: Accepted full-length papers from this symposium will be invited for submission to a Special Issue (Guest Editors: Ivano Benedetti, Fabrice Barbe, and Antonio Caggiano,website: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/materials/special_issues/Computational_Micro-Mechanics ) within Materials (SCI, Impact factor: 2.972)