Structured materials: striving to do more with less
Atul Bhaskar, University of Southampton, UK

An overview of research activities at Southampton related to problems belonging to the class of structured materials will be addressed from a structural mechanics point of view. A combination of scaling arguments, analysis, computation and laboratory experimentation to understand the structure-property relations will be discussed. Of particular interest are the apparent and local elastic properties of regularly and randomly structured media, elasto-plasticity and the application of 'smeared properties' to vibro-acoustics. Problems arising in a broad range of practical contexts-such as those applicable to cardiovascular stents, additively manufactured materials & structures, biomedical scaffolds, fibre-network films and porous material for acoustic noise abatement will be considered.