James K. Knowles Lecture
and Caltech Solid Mechanics Symposium


James K. Knowles Lecture

Friday, January 24, 2014, Lees-Kubota Auditorium, 101 Guggenheim

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The 5th annual James K. Knowles Lecture and Caltech Solid Mechanics Symposium will be held on Friday, January 24, 2014, in the Lees-Kubota Auditorium. The James K. Knowles Lecture by Pierre M. Suquet, National Center for Scientific Research in Marseille, will be followed by the Solid Mechanics Symposium with presentations by current Caltech graduate students and postdocs.

The Lecture and Symposium are in memory of James K. Knowles, William J. Keenan, Jr. Professor of Applied Mechanics, Emeritus, who passed away on November 1, 2009. He is well known for his research contributions to the theory of nonlinear elasticity and the mathematical theories of materials and structures. Dr. Knowles inspired and influenced generations of students and scholars and authored over one hundred journal publications, as well as a textbook for graduate students entitled Linear Vector Spaces and Cartesian Tensors (Oxford University Press).

The Lecture and Symposium will be held annually and are made possible by the Division of Engineering and Applied Science and the support of family, friends and colleagues through donations to the James K. Knowles Memorial Fund.

Model Reduction in Multiscale Problems Focusing on Polar Ice

by Pierre M. Suquet, Senior Researcher, National Center for Scientific Research in Marseille

Solid materials are, by nature or by construction, multiscale objects. Polycrystalline polar ice is a typical example of such a material with many different scales and will be used to motivate this talk. Understanding the interplay between features at different scales is a challenging intellectual problem, one of those that Jim Knowles would certainly have encouraged young researchers to address, most probably opening the way himself. In many cases it also sheds light on specific aspects of material behavior. Unfortunately, the truth is that there exists no rigorous scale-decoupling in nonlinear problems and the practical answer to such problems involves approximations which are often contradicted by experimental evidence. This talk will survey some recent improvements to these approximations, accounting for instance for field fluctuations in mean-field theories, or using model-reduction techniques inspired by observations made possible by recent progress in experimental techniques or numerical simulations.

Pierre M. Suquet

Pierre M. Suquet has been a Senior Researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research in Marseille since 1988. He received his BS in Mathematics from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and his PhD in Mechanics from the University Pierre et Marie Curie, both in Paris, before becoming Professor at Montpellier University in 1983. He has also taught at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris from 1986 to 2008. His research is in the field of theoretical solid mechanics where he is interested in the formulation of constitutive relations for solid materials when several scales interact, especially in composite materials and polycrystals. His work covers mathematical analyses of elastoplasticity, homogenization and bounding techniques for nonlinear composites, spectral methods for micromechanical problems, ductile failure of materials.

He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences since 2004, was awarded the 2006 Koiter medal from the ASME and is on the editorial or advisory board of 5 international scientific journals. He is chair of the French National Committee for Mechanics and will serve, as of January 2014, as Secretary General of Euromech.

Event Program

Time Speaker Title
9:00–10:00am Pierre M. Suquet Keynote Speech: Model Reduction in Multiscale Problems Focusing on Polar Ice
10:00–10:30am Refreshments
10:30–10:55am Vito Rubino
Imaging of Earthquakes from Space: A Laboratory Study
10:55–11:20am Xin Ning
Grad Student
Breaking Symmetry in Axially Loaded Cylindrical Shells
11:20–11:45am Srivatsan Hulikal
Grad Student
Collective Behavior of Single-Asperity Contacts, Implications for Macroscale Static and Kinetic Friction
11:45–12:10pm Utkarsh Mital
Grad Student
Mechanics of Origin of Liquefaction Instability
12:10–1:30pm Lunch
1:30–1:55pm Stefanie Heyden
Grad Student
A Deformation and Failure Model of Polyurea
1:55–2:20pm Jun Li
A Large Deformation Viscoelastic Model of NASA Superpressure Balloon Film
2:20–2:45pm Mike Rauls
Grad Student
Shock Wave Structure in Particulate Composites
2:45–3:00pm Refreshments
3:00–3:25pm Hayden Burgoyne
Grad Student
Building 3D Metamaterials from the Contact Between Elasto-Plastic Spheres
3:25–3:50pm Neel Nadkarni
Grad Student
Dynamics of Periodic Chains Containing Bistable Negative-Stiffness Elements: From Elastic to Solitary Wave Propagation
3:50–4:15pm Lucas Meza
Grad Student
Fabrication and Deformation of 3D Hollow Ceramic Nanolattice Structures
4:15–4:40pm Xin (Cindy) Wang
Grad Student
Density Functional Theory Implementations for Large Scale Problems
5:00–6:00pm Social

All of the events are open to the Caltech community and friends and colleagues of James K. Knowles.


James K. Knowles Lecture

Chris Silva, Department Administrator
Telephone: (626) 395-4107

Caltech Solid Mechanics Symposium

Lucas Meza, Graduate Student

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