By Maria-Carme T. Calderer, Eugene M. Terentjev

ISBN-10: 0387291679

ISBN-13: 9780387291673

The physics of sentimental topic - fabrics comparable to elastomers, gels, foams and liquid crystals - is a space of extreme curiosity and modern research. in addition, delicate topic performs a task in a wide selection of significant tactics and alertness. for instance, gel swelling and dynamics are a vital a part of many organic and person approaches, equivalent to motility mechanisms in micro organism and the delivery and absorption of substances. Ferroelectrics, liquid crystals, and elastomers are getting used to layout ever quicker switching units. Experimental reports, corresponding to scattering, optical and electron microscopy, have supplied loads of specified details on buildings. however the integration of mathematical modeling and research with experimental ways gives you to drastically raise our knowing of structure-property relationships and constitutive equations. The workshop on Modeling of sentimental topic has taken such an built-in method. It introduced jointly researchers in utilized and computational mathematical fields corresponding to differential equations, dynamical platforms, research, and fluid and sturdy mechanics, and scientists and engineers from quite a few disciplines suitable to tender topic physics. a huge consequence of the workshop has been to spot attractive and novel medical difficulties coming up in tender topic which are wanting mathematical modeling and seem amenable to it and to be able to set the level for additional study. This quantity offers a set of papers representing the main points of the themes mentioned at intensity during the workshop.