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Fiber Network Materials: Multiphysics and Multiscale Analysis

Jaan Simon, RWH-Aachen

Lars Beex, University of Luxembourg

Alexander Ehret, ETH Zurich

Artem Kulachenko, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Catalin Picu, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Many materials in biological or technical applications – such as textiles, non-wovens, fabrics, paper, polymers, and gels – are made from fibers or have a network of fibers as their main structural component. The behavior of such materials is characterized by their multiscale nature. In particular, geometrical and material features of single fibers, their arrangement in the network, and the interactions and bonds between the fibers define the overall behavior and the global response on the macroscale. Identifying the relationship between the structure and properties of such materials is of importance for the understanding of existing fibrous materials and for the design of new materials with customized properties, and represents an active field of ongoing research.
This symposium aims to bring researchers working on the various aspects of fibrous materials together by offering them the opportunity to share their recent findings with the community. All studies that focus on the (multiscale or single-scale) mechanical behavior, transport behavior or biological functions of fibrous materials – including theoretical, numerical, as well as experimental approaches – are of interest.
In particular, relevant topics include but are not limited to:
Constitutive behavior in small and large strain regimes,
Single scale simulations of fibers and network,
Continuum models that capture the effective material response accounting for the underlying subscales,
Multiscale strategies connecting the different scales,
Statistical methods, 
Stochastic failure in network materials,
Liquid and heat transport on the different scales,
Mechanical testing for identification and validation purposes.