Materials Defects: Mathematics, Computation, and Engineering

September 10 - December 14, 2012


Mathematics and computation have long played a significant role in materials science. Material defects present a huge challenge for mathematical modeling and simulation, as anything that breaks graphicup the regular, homogeneous structure of a calculation requires special consideration. Examples include crack-propagation, dislocations, grain boundaries, impurities, shear bands and strain localization. In recent years, there has been particular focus on the multiscale nature of materials research — how computational methods and mathematical models for describing materials vary from the atomistic to the continuum scale. The workshops in this program will continue this trend, but with a new emphasis on defects. While individual minisymposia in conferences have been organized in response to this increasingly important field, the science of material defects remains one of the most challenging subjects owing to its interdisciplinary nature that spans mechanics, mathematics, materials science, physics, computer science, and other scientific disciplines. This program aims to promote collaboration among this diverse group to assess the current status of defect modeling, promote the development of new computational techniques, and stimulate new applications.

Organizing Committee

Vasily V. Bulatov (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
Jiun-Shyan Chen, Co-chair (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA))
Kristen Fichthorn (Pennsylvania State University)
Nasr Ghoniem (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA))
Mitchell Luskin (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Michael Ortiz (California Institute of Technology)
Tim Schulze, Co-chair (University of Tennessee)
Vivek Shenoy (Brown University)
Axel Voigt (Technishche Universtitat Dresden)