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Multiscale modeling and simulation: some challenges and new perspectives

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Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
190 Engineering Sciences Building
Feb 20, 2018   3:00 - 4:00 pm  
Professor Celia Reina, William K. Gemmill Term Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics (MEAM), University of Pennsylvania
Allison Mette


The design and optimization of the next generation of materials and applications strongly hinge on our understanding of the processing-microstructure-performance relations; and these, in turn, result from the collective behavior of materials’ features at multiple length and time scales. Although the modeling and simulation techniques are now well developed at each individual scale (quantum, atomistic, mesoscale and continuum), there remain long-recognized grand challenges that limit the quantitative and predictive capability of multiscale modeling and simulation tools. In this talk we will discuss three of these challenges and provide solution strategies in the context of specific applications. These comprise (i) the homogenization of the mechanical response of materials in the absence of a complete separation of length and/or time scales, for the simulation of metamaterials with exotic dynamic properties; (ii) the collective behavior of materials’ defects, for the understanding of the kinematics of large inelastic deformations; and (iii) the upscaling of non-equilibrium material behavior for the modeling of anomalous diffusion processes.


About the Speaker

Celia Reina is the William K. Gemmill Term Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined in 2014 after holding the Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellowship at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the HCM Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Hausdorff Center of Mathematics in Bonn, Germany. Dr. Reina received her PhD from the California Institute of Technology in Aeronautics in 2011, with Prof. Michael Ortiz, following a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Seville in Spain, and a Master in Structural Dynamics from École Centrale Paris in France.


Host:  Professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski

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