Mini-symposium title
1-9 - Modelling of Fracture in Hard and Soft Materials
Roberto Ballarini (University of Houston), Chad Landis (University of Texas at Austin), Roberta Massabò (University of Genova)
Mini-symposium description

The goal of the mini-symposium is to bring together researchers working on different aspects of fracture mechanics applied to hard and soft materials and structures, such as traditional and advanced composites, biological nanostructured materials, ferroelectrics, biological tissues, hydrogels. To the above extent, the mini-symposium solicits contributions in all fields related to the theoretical, experimental, and computational aspects of fracture mechanics including:

• Modeling methods such as strong discontinuity and cohesive zone methods, regularized approaches to fracture mechanics such as phase-field and gradient damage mechanics methods, and peridynamics methods

• Multi-scale modeling of crack formation and propagation

• High-fidelity simulations

• Multi-physics effects on fracture (eg. crack propagation in chemoelastic, thermoelastic, poroelastic, piezoelectric, biomimetic, and biological materials) 

• Ductile failure, fatigue, frack nucleation and initiation, fracture segmentation, fragmentation, dynamic fracture, experimental observations