Condensed Matter seminar: "Network-based computational tools for the investigation of meso-scale structure in soft materials"

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:00 - 17:00
Danielle Bassett, University of Pennsylvania
Soft materials can display heterogeneous physical structure at the meso-scale, which can constrain mechanical stability and acoustic transmission. The need to understand such bulk properties motivates the development of novel methods for quantitatively identifying and characterizing this meso-scale architecture. I will describe a new set of tools built on the principles of network science to identify meso-scale architecture in soft materials, characterize their topology and shape, and track their reconfiguration during compaction. In addition to describing the tools, I will discuss their use in understanding mechanical properties of granular media and collagen matrix.
David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4