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Multifunctional Materials and Structures Gordon Research Conference

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Technical Report,01 May 2015,01 Mar 2016

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Gordon Research Conferences West Kingston United States

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Operational Summary. The Gordon Research Conference GRC on Multifunctional Materials and Structures was held at the Four Points Sheraton in Ventura, California from January 31-February 5, 2016. The meeting covered a variety of scientifictopics and the content presented was highly rated by participants. Conference Program.The Gordon Research Conference on Multifunctional Materials and Structures aimed to extend and accelerate interdisciplinary research activities in this emerging field, which incorporates mechanics, materials science,engineering science, physics, chemistry and biology. Multifunctional design encompasses materials, structures andor material systems that have the ability to perform multiple functions through judicious combinations of structural properties and at least one additional functional capability as dictated by the system application requirements. The individual material elements are participating, concurrently or sequentially, in distinct, beneficial physical processes thereby delivering truly dramatic improvements in system-level efficiency beyond possible incremental improvements. Visionary contexts for multifunctional systems include a autonomic structures that can sense, diagnose and respond to external stimuli with minimal external intervention, b adaptive structures allowing reconfiguration or readjustment of functionality, shape and mechanical properties on demand, and c self-sustaining systems with structurally integrated power harveststoragetransmission capabilities. The conference addressed key scientific issues underpinning the advancement of these systems such as translation of model biological functions to synthetic materials, accelerating transport or dynamic chemical changes in strong, stiff materials, optimizing interfaces between hard and soft materials, multi-physics modeling of multi-component systems, etc.

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  • Operations Research

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