NSF Summer Institute on Nano Mechanics
and Materials

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Multiscale Modeling and Simulation of Nano Mechanics and Materials
Judith Harrison (US Naval Academy)
Don Ellis (Northwestern University)
Wing Kam Liu (Northwestern University)

Guest Lecturers:
L. Cate Brinson (Northwestern University)
Linda Schadler (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Program Outline

June 7-11, 2004


The rapid advances in nanotechnology, nanomaterials and nanomechanics offer huge potentials in private industry, homeland security, and national defense. An emphasis on nanoscale design of materials will make our manufacturing technologies and infrastructure more sustainable in terms of reduced energy usage and environmental pollution.

In this short course, we first present the essential tools used by mechanics and materials researchers at the nanoscale. These include selected topics in quantum mechanics, molecular dynamics, statistical physics, FEM and multiple-scale methods based on coupling the atomistic and continuum models. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each modeling technique via research examples. There are certain cases where atomistic and continuum models yield nearly identical results. In some cases, however, atomistic tools are not sufficient for many of the interesting and fundamental problems that arise in multiscale mechanics and materials. Problems spanning length scales have lead to a thrust in the development of multiple-scale methods. The strengths and limitations of the small number of currently available multiple-scale techniques are explored. Emphasis is given to the latest perspective approaches, such as the bridging scale method, multiscale boundary conditions, and multiscale fluidics. Finally, we present applications of all of the above methods to design of materials. Laboratory tours and demonstrations are designed to complement lecture topics.

Course Credit and Pre-requisites
The total number of contact hours for the five day program is 27, and 2.7 CEUs. There are certain pre-requisites for each topic. In order to maximize the learning experience, we will provide complete course materials to students prior to the class. Pre-requisite material will be reviewed briefly at the beginning of each course.

The registration fee for the short course is: $2,000
An additional $200 fee will be added to late registrations received after June 1, 2004. Register by April 1, 2004 and receive a 20% discount. The fee includes continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and lunch each day plus a reception dinner on Monday and a banquet dinner on Thursday as well as all presentation materials, lecture notes and appropriate review papers.

The course will be held at Northwestern University.