From nano- to meso-scale:
modelling materials and mechanisms


Held on January 12, 2016, at La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria.

Topics of this conference were at the intersection of mathematical analysis, materials modelling and experiments, and included pattern formation, elasticity theory, micro and nano characterisation of structures and defects.

The event featured a talk by Prof. Sir John Ball, FRS from the University of Oxford, and former president of the International Mathematical Union. John Ball is one of the prominent leaders of the revolution which occurred in the 1970s across mathematics and mechanics when calculus of variations methods, such as those developed by Morrey and de Giorgi, have been used in conjunction to nonlinear mechanics with the aim of modelling materials for engineering applications.


10:00 John Sader Melbourne Time dependent fluid mechanics at nanometre length scales
10:50 Break
11:20 John Ball Oxford Nucleation and interfaces in martensitic phase transformations
12:10 Brian Abbey La Trobe Materials characterisation at multiple lengthscales via coherent diffraction and neutron Bragg diffraction
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Philip Broadbridge La Trobe Exact solutions of nonlinear boundary value problems for curvature-driven metal surface evolution
15:20 Yann Bernard Monash The Willmore energy and applications
16:10 Break
16:40 Guy Metcalfe Monash What's Shaking in the Sandbox? Pattern Formation in Granular Materials
17:30 Break
18:30 Dinner


Pierluigi Cesana (main organiser)
Nathan Clisby
Dimetre Triadis
Philip Broadbridge


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Logo / embedded image: Incompatible martensitic microstructure in Ti-23Nb-3Al SMA. Courtesy of Tomonari Inamura.