Sajay Govindjee is a professor of Civil Engineering and the Horace, and Katherine Johnson Endowed Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His main interests are in theoretical and computational mechanics with an emphasis on micro-mechanics, shape memory alloys, and elastomers.
In his talk, he will focus on nature and physical systems, in particular, which are replete with patterns; simply think, for example, of the beautiful patterns, seen in snowflakes. These patterns appear on a multitude of scales and appear in many disparate physical systems. This gives rise to the thought that patterns as a phenomenon should have a universal underlying model structure that can be used to describe what is observed in experiments. In this talk, I will present such a modeling concept that is found on the notion of energy minimization and minimizing sequences. The basis notions will be laid out in an introductory manner so as to be accessible to a broad audience. Example applications will be drawn primarily from the world of solid mechanics and material science, but others will be shown and discussed as time permits. The engineering exploitation and manipulation of patterns will also receive some attention.
At a glance
- Date: 18 April 2018
- Time: 4pm
- Lecture hall: 7.01 (Pfaffenwaldring 7)