The mechanics of solids and structures, from the macro-scale to the nano-scale, is continuously delivering significant contributions to societal and technical progress through the development of new materials and innovative applications including nanotechnology and bio-engineering.
Material and structural instabilities of highly deformable systems motivate new design strategies in soft-robotics for remote-controlled machines in rescue operation, for medical applications (surgery, prosthesis and rehabilitation), as well as in the design of soft actuators and folding structures (from elastomeric membranes to kirigami-like materials).
The architecture of microstructured solids can be exploited to realize ultra-resistant materials for extreme applications and isolation devices for wave shielding.
The mechanics of solids and structures is also key for understanding the biomechanics of single cells, membranes, and cell aggregates. Indeed, mechanical forces spread through the cytoskeletal elements allowing structural remodelling and stress redistribution, and achieve equilibrium in much shorter timescales than biochemical processes.
The Symposium aims at gathering scientists in the field of the Mechanics of Solids and Structures to present and discuss recent results and their impact.
The event is by invitation and will be the occasion to celebrate Prof. Davide Bigoni's 60th birthday.
The symposium will be held at Palazzo della Provincia (Sala Belli), Piazza Dante 15, Trento.