Over the past half century, continuum mechanics and its applications have been developed to extend its efficacy to an ultimate resolution of length and time (and their inverse) scales for highly non-uniform and/or transient deformation behavior of materials. However, as our attentions move across broad physical scales, new scale-significant mechanisms, and their characteristic length or time, become important to describe the behavior of the material at different length and time scales. Therefore, it has become an important issue to bridge our understanding of material behavior at a particular scale to those at different scales of diverse material systems. For this effort, we take the opportunity of having the 60th birthday symposium of Allan Needleman and Viggo Tvergaard to establish a corner stone of research in mechanics of materials.

Needleman-Tvergaard symposium (2006)


Welcome to the NSF workshop and Freund symposium to be held near  Brown University campus, Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel, to celebrate pioneering contributions of Professor L. B. Freund on mechanics research. The theme of the NSF workshop and Freund symposium is ˇ§New Frontiers of Solid Mechanics - From Earthquakes to Single Molecules.ˇ¨

NSF Workshop and Freund Symposium in honor of
Professor L. B. Freund (2011)

Recent developments in science and technology have advanced capabilities to both fabricate and control material systems on the scale of nanometers. These developments, in turn, have brought problems of materials behavior on nanometer scale into the domain of engineering. The field of mechanics has an important role to play in bringing new ideas to practical fruition and in enabling the technologies to meet a range of societal needs. The branch of mechanics research in this emerging field can be termed "nano- and micro-mechanics of materials". It is timely for the mechanics community to focus its thinking on the underlying challenges and to establish an effective, reliable national infrastructure on nano- and micro-mechanics of materials. Such an initiative should be led by the National Science Foundation in collaboration with the leading researchers in the field. Therefore, a workshop supported by NSF and aimed at providing guidance in this effort will be held in Palo Alto, California. 

NSF workshop (1999)





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