Structured materials: striving to do more with less
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.