MS- 8-2

Mini-symposium title 

8-2 – Nonlinear Electro- and Magneto-Elasticity and its Applications             


Weiqui Chen (Zhejiang University), Giuseppe Zurlo (NUI Galway), Stephan Rudykh (University of Wisconsin–Madison) 

Mini-symposium description 

The conversion between mechanical and electric/magnetic energy is one of the fundamental areas of study in science and engineering, whose technical and theoretical developments have permitted extraordinary technological achievements in the last century. 


In the last two decades, the growing availability of soft and multifunctional materials has disclosed a new, immensely rich research arena for electro- and magneto-elasticity, where properties like high-sensitivity, low noise and large actuation strain pave the way of intelligent and controllable deformations, for applications as diverse as soft robotics, flexible actuators, energy harvesters, and biomedical devices. 


This mini-symposium will address recent experimental, computational, theoretical and manufacturing advances in this direction. Topics of particular interest include: 


  • Electroactive polymers (EAP) and dielectric elastomers (DE) 

  • Magnetoactive/magnetorheological elastomers (MAE/MRE) 

  • Liquid crystal elastomers 

  • Instabilities in soft materials 

  • Fracture, fatigue, and adhesion in soft materials 

  • Soft biological and bio-inspired materials 

  • Multiphysics phenomena in soft materials 

  • Wave propagation and dynamics of soft materials and flexible structures 

  • 3D/4D printing and fabrication of soft materials 

  • Soft robotics or machines 


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