The workshop aims at gathering experimentalists and theoreticians from various fields – soft condensed matter physics, rheology and mechanics, and material science – to explore new frontiers in soft fracture mechanics and to stimulate the coming-of-age of this growing field. It will be a place to discuss a variety of phenomena (brittle/ductile transition, elastic blunting, self-healing cracks, adhesive cracks, yielding in cohesive and repulsive soft solids, rheochaos, effects of large-scale heterogeneity, …) and to make a survey of the state of the art in designing model systems, non-standard experimental techniques and new theoretical developments. The workshop will consist of 20-25 invited lectures by experts in the field, a number of shorter presentations by PhD students and postdocs, and ample time for discussion.
The focus of this meeting is on the fracture behaviour of soft materials, such as polymeric materials (hydrogels, biological tissues), foams and visco-elastic suspensions. The aim is to discuss the microscopic mechanisms by which soft materials fail and to offer new understanding to questions that were previously studied in a phenomenological way, mainly regarding the coupling between microscopic structure and dynamics and the macroscopic response to large deformations.
SoftComp is a European scientific consortium aiming to establish a knowledge base for intelligent design of functional and nanoscale soft matter composites (http://www.eu-softcomp.net/).
Young researchers are strongly encouraged to submit a short abstract (up to 1 page) for a soundbite session (5 mins talks)
before 27/08/2014 to the program committee via e-mail at :
Registration closed. Programme and Book of abstracts are now available.