Dr Robert Style, Mathematical Institute, Oxford University

The mechanics of soft solids - breaking classical laws
When Jan 26, 2015
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where Materials Department Annexe, 21 Banbury RoadEngineering Science
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Contact Phone 01865-273925
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Soft solids make up the bulk of biological material, and are increasingly being used for new technology like wearable electronics, and soft robotics. However, despite their importance, experiments show that many classical laws fail to describe them. For example, I'll show how classical theories of composite mechanics and contact mechanics significantly break down at a critical `elastocapillary' lengthscale -- due to solid surface tension. The results highlight the existence of a swathe of new, small-scale behaviour in soft materials.