Aim and Scope

September 18-22, 2006, Freiburg Germany

Industrial success in high technology fields relies on the possibility to specifically engineer materials and products with improved performance. The sucess factor is the ability to make these material related developments timely at relatively low-costs.This demands not only the rapid development of new/improved processing techniques but also better understanding and control of material chemistry, processing, structure, physics, performance, durability, and, more importantly, their relationships. This scenario usually involves multiple length (space) & time scales and multiple processing & performance stages, which are sometimes only accessible via multi-scale / multi-stage modeling or simulation.

The main theme of the conference is to provide an international forum for the advances of multiscale modelling methodologies and for their applications in rapid process and material (product) developments.

Contributions are invited for but not limited to the following topics:

  • Nanomechanics
  • Micromechanics
  • Statistical Mechanics of Plasticity
  • Microstructure Evolution and Microstructure-Property Relationships
  • Experimental Validation of Multiscale Models
  • Multiscale Modeling of Biomaterials
  • Mathematical Multiscale Methods
  • Multiscale Modeling of Irradiated Materials
  • Multiscale Modeling of Aging Materials
  • Modeling of Processing Steps
  • Reliability and Failure of Small Engineered Structures (e.g. MEMS, NEMS, BIO-NANO, etc.)
  • Modeling of Chemo-mechanical and Physico-mechanical Systems
  • Multiscale Modeling of Multifunctional Materials and Devices

Background

Multiscale Materials Modeling

Computational modeling of materials behavior is becoming a reliable tool to underpin scientific investigations and to complement traditional theoretical and experimental approaches. Multiscale materials modeling (MMM) approaches are essential to link and to complement continuum and atomistic methods. At transitional (or microstructure) scales continuum approaches begin to break down, and atomistic methods reach inherent limitations in time and length scale. Transitional theoretical frameworks and modeling techniques are being developed to bridge the gap between length scale.

Recent interest in nanotechnology is challenging the scientific community to design nanometer to micrometer size devices for applications in new generations of computers, electronics, photonics or drug delivery systems. These new exciting application areas require novel and sophisticated science-based approaches for design and performance predictions. Thus theory and modeling are playing an ever increasing role in this area to reduce development costs and manufacturing times. With the sustained progress in computational power and MMM methodologies, new materials are less likely to be discovered by the traditional trial and error approach. This points to a paradigm shift in modeling, away from reproducing known properties of known materials and towards simulating the behavior of hypothetical composites as a forerunner to finding real materials with these properties.

In high-payoff, high-risk technologies such as the design of large structures in the aerospace and nuclear industries, the effects of aging and environment on failure mechanisms cannot be left to conservative approaches. Increasing efforts are now focused on developing MMM approaches to develop new material systems (components and devices) in these areas. Appropriate validation experiments are also crucial to verify that the models predict the correct behavior at each length scale, ensuring that the linkages between approaches are directly enforced. Thus, one of the advantages of these approaches is that, at each scale, physically meaningful parameters are predicted and used in models for subsequent scales, avoiding the use of empiricism and fitting parameters.

History

The first International Conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling took place at the Queen Mary University of London from June 17-20, 2002

The second International Conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling was organized by the University of California in Los Angeles from October 11-15, 2004