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APS March Meeting Focus session: "Fracture, Friction, and Deformation Across Length Scales"

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Abstracts due Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 

APS March Meeting Focus session: "Tribophysics: Friction, Fracture and Deformation Across Length Scales"

March 21 - 25, 2011, Dallas, Texas
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Invited speakers: Michael Marder (Univ. of Texas); Julia Greer (Caltech)

Organizers: Robin Selinger (Kent State), Jacqueline Krim (NCSU), Noam Bernstein (NRL)

12.7.3 Tribophysics: Friction, Fracture and Deformation Across Length Scales

This session focuses on the physics of friction, fracture and deformation, processes which involve mechanical response and energy dissipation at scales from the atomic to the macroscopic. Materials of interest include crystalline, nanostructured, and amorphous solids. Relevant topics include measurements via micro- and nano-scale probes such as atomic force microscopy, surface forces apparatus, and quartz crystal microbalance; atomic scale and multiscale simulations and theoretical models of mechanical response, microstructural evolution, pattern formation and scaling behavior; size effects in plasticity; stress-driven chemical reactions e.g. in deformation of energetic materials; brittle and ductile fracture/failure; tribology of clean material surfaces in vacuum, and coated or lubricated surfaces; and studies of cryotribology, stick-slip mechanisms, thermolubricity, cryolubricity and electronic/phononic and quantum contributions to friction. Applications of interest range over length scales from nanowires and micromachines (MEMS) up to geological processes such as tectonic faulting and earthquakes. Sessions will explore and compare the current state of experimental, theoretical, and simulation studies.

Robin Selinger
Liquid Crystal Institute
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242
Phone: (330) 672-1582

Jacqueline Krim
Department of Physics, CB 8202
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8202
Phone: (919) 513-2684

Noam Bernstein
Center for Computational Materials Science, Code 6390
Naval Research Laboratory
Washington, DC 20375
Phone: (202) 404-7544

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