Gebhardt Lecture Series Presents: Dr. Zhigang Suo

Event Details
  • Date/Time:
    • Thursday January 14, 2016
      7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Location: Guggenheim 442 at the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering
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  • URL: http://www.ae.gatech.edu/node/1931
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Summaries

Summary Sentence: Harvard University Professor Zhigang Suo will give a talk entitled "Soft Machines"

Full Summary: Harvard University Professor Zhigang Suo will give a talk entitled "Soft Machines" which will explore the behavior of soft materials that enables the creation of soft machines. Sponsored by the GT-AE Gebhardt Distinguished Lecture series. Open to all

About Dr. Suo's Gebhardt Lecture:

Machines in engineering use mostly hard materials, whereas machines in nature are often soft.  This difference has been an inspiration for the nascent field of soft machines.  What does softness impart to the life of animals and plants?   Softness enables deformation, and deformation provides functions.  Familiar examples include the beating of the heart, the sound shaped by the vocal folds, and the flapping of the wing.  In soft machines, the large deformation enable soft materials to behave as transducers, connecting multiple stimuli to multiple functions.  How do molecular processes enable new classes of actuators and sensors?  How efficiently can materials convert information from one form to another?  These questions are stimulating new and exciting developments at the interface between science and engineering.  This talk highlights the behavior of soft materials that enables the creation of soft machines.  Examples include highly stretchable and transparent devices that mimic the functions of muscles, skins and axons.

Additional Information

In Campus Calendar
Yes
Groups

College of Engineering, School of Aerospace Engineering, Aerospace Engineering Seminars

Invited Audience
Undergraduate students, Faculty/Staff, Public, Graduate students
Categories
Seminar/Lecture/Colloquium
Keywords
Aerospace engineering; deformation; soft machines;
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  • Created By: Kathleen Moore
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  • Created On: Dec 15, 2015 - 9:34am
  • Last Updated: Apr 13, 2017 - 5:17pm