Title: Metamaterials, shear bands and invisibility
Abstract: Architected materials are preconized to yield extreme mechanical properties such as foldability, channeled response, and surface effects. These features are expected to lead to the production of artificial materials of unchallenged mechanical properties, in other words, metamaterials. Homogenization theory and Floquet-Bloch techniques will be applied to grids of elastic rods, subject to various conditions, including axial pre-stress, to demonstrate strain localization, wave channeling, total reflection, and negative refraction. Finally, invisibility through cloaking of voids in a flexurally vibrating plate will be presented.
Biography: Davide Bigoni is a mechanician working in solid and structural mechanics and material modeling, wave propagation, fracture mechanics. His approach to research is the employment of a broad vision of mechanics, with a combination of mathematical modelling, numerical simulation, and experimental validation. From 2001 Davide Bigoni holds a professor position at the University of Trento, where he is leading a group of excellent researchers in the field of Solid and Structural Mechanics. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 journal papers. He was elected in 2009 Euromech Fellow (of the European Mechanics Society), has received in 2014 the Doctor Honoris Causa degree at the Ovidius University of Constanta and in 2016 the Panetti and Ferrari Award for Applied Mechanics (from Accademia delle Scienze di Torino). He has been awarded an ERC advanced grant in 2013. He is co-editor of the Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures and associate Editor of Mechanics Research Communications and in the editorial board of 8 international journals.