The third NCCR MARVEL Distinguished Lecture will be given by
Prof. Sidney Yip (MIT, Cambridge, USA)
"On the Mesoscale Science Frontier in Materials Theory and Simulation"
on Monday August 31, 2015, 4:15 pm, EPFL room MXF-1.
Abstract — A
frontier in theory, modeling and simulation of materials exists at the
mesoscale. The challenge is to predict
and explain properties and behavior at the macroscale (usually from
experiments) using model and simulation at the nano-level. At stake is the determination of the
controlling mechanisms and the ability to manipulate the functionality of
specific materials. Conceptually it is
also the key to expand on the notion of self-organized criticality. We consider examples of materials aging
phenomena where the challenge lies in dealing with the slow dynamics involved
and bridging time scales in multiscale and multiphysics simulations. These examples include glass viscosity, creep
in crystalline and amorphous solids, and cement setting and durability.
About the speaker — After receiving all his degrees at the University of Michigan, Sidney Yip served on the MIT faculty for 50 years, the last five as emeritus, with research first in theoretical studies of particle and fluid transport, and later in atomistic modeling and simulation of materials. A Fellow of the American Physical Society, he has received awards from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of Nuclear Materials. Recently he completed a text Nuclear Radiation Interactions (World Scientific, Singapore, 2014).
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