Material Design and Material Optimization

Ekkehard Ramm, University of Stuttgart
Junji Kato, Tohoku University
Glaucio Paulino, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Emilio Silva, University of Sao Paulo
Kenjiro Terada, Tohoku University
Sergey Kuznetsov, National University of Science and Technology "MISIS"
James Guest, Johns Hopkins University
John Brigham, University of Pittsburgh

The design of advanced and multifunctional materials has triggered much interest in numerical techniques and development of material optimization schemes in material science and various engineering fields. These demands have led to emerging methodologies, e.g. material topology optimization, multi-phase (multiple) material optimization, hierarchical or multi-scale optimization. They may be extended to material design considering material anisotropy and nonlinearities with complex mechanical behavior of real materials.

The present minisymposium is focused on the developments and applications of material design and material optimization including all pending challenges in this area, including engineered materials with tunable properties.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

•    Multidisciplinary analysis and material modeling

•    Optimal design of microstructure based on homogenization methods

•    Hierarchical optimization of materials and structures

•    Design for heterogeneous materials, composites, polymers, shape memory alloys etc.

•    Multi-scale analysis and optimization

•    Enabling innovations in design optimization

•    Material and/or geometrical nonlinearity for material design and optimization

•    Application of  phase-field and level-set methods

•    Material parameter identifications and inverse problems

•    Complex interfaces of materials

•    Coupled problems and dynamics in material design

•    Functionally graded materials