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2016 EMI International Conference - MS11: Instabilities and Bifurcations in Solids, Structures and Soft Materials

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Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to submit your one-page abstract to our Mini-Symposium (MS11) "Instabilities and Bifurcations in Solids, Structures and Soft Materials" in 2016 EMI International Conference – Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference of ASCE. 

Guidelines for abstract submission and further information regarding the conference can be found at the website:

Deadline for abstract submission is Apr. 15, 2016 (extended to May 1, 2016)



Fabian Brau1, Yibin Fu2, Yongzhong Huo3, Michel Potier-Ferry4 and Fan Xu3


1 Université Libre de Bruxelles, Nonlinear Physical Chemistry Unit, CP231, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

2 Keele University, Department of Mathematics, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, UK

3 Fudan University, Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, 220 Handan Road, Shanghai 200433, P.R. China

4 Université de Lorraine, LEM3 - UMR CNRS 7239, Ile du Saulcy, 57045 Metz Cedex 01, France


Instabilities and Bifurcations in Solids, Structures and Soft Materials

Buckling of solids and structures made of traditional hard materials, such as steel, is usually a feature to be avoided in engineering, and has been under investigation for over a century. In contrast, over the past few years, extreme materials and structures such as soft matters, thin films, hyperelastic membranes and slender rods, are often at the heart of modern technologies, and their studies have implications and applications in many areas ranging from biology, electronics manufacturing, aerospace engineering to civil engineering. A basic characteristic of such extreme materials is their ability to experience large displacement, rotation and deformation under multiple fields, which inevitably leads to formation of patterns that are much more varied and complicated than those in traditional materials. Such pattern formation is often the result of multiple bifurcations or loss of stability. Knowledge on how such instabilities arise and evolve is essential to describe, understand, predict, and ultimately to design complex materials and structures in modern industry, for example the fabrication of stretchable electronic devices and micro/nano-scale surface patterning control. This requires advanced theories, computational and experimental techniques. We hope to bring together experts working on these different aspects to review and share the latest advancements in this vibrant research field. Topics of particular interest include but are not limited to:

  • geometric and material instabilities in soft materials such as gels, elastomers and shape-memory polymers
  • wrinkling, creasing and folding in thin film/substrate systems
  • bifurcations in structural solids including buckling and snapping
  • micro-structural and macroscopic instabilities in composites across length scales
  • shape buckling of flexural structures such as slender rods, ribbons, membranes, plates, shells and pressurized balloons
  • growth-induced instabilities in biological tissues, biomaterials, bio-inspired structures
  • localization phenomena in nano-structures such as graphene
  • pattern formation modeling and simulation
  • stability and bifurcation theory
  • fluid-structure interactions
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