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Peking University lecture info (Mar. 31, 2011)

>> Structure Tensors and Anisotropic Invariants in Nonlinear Elasticity: Applications to Biomechanics and Initially‐stressed Solids


Speaker: Professor Ray Ogden, Fellow of the Royal Society


Date: Mar. 31, 2011 (Thursday)


Time: 14:30-15:30


Venue: Conference Room 434, Mechanics Building, Peking University (PKU)


Intro: Professor Ray Ogden’s research interests are: nonlinear elasticity theory and its applications, mechanics of rubberlike materials, soft biological tissues, fiber-reinforced materials, nonlinear magnetoelasticity and electroelasticity. Residual stress effects in acoustoelasticity. At present, he is 6th Century Chair in Solid Mechanics, University of Aberdeen.


Deformation invariants play an important role in the constitutive modeling of many materials, including isotropic and anisotropic elastic materials. Such materials include fibrous biological tissues, electro-sensitive and magneto-sensitive elastomers, for which one or two preferred directions can be identified within an isotropic matrix. In these examples, invariants that depend on the preferred directions are constructed and included in the constitutive law along with the usual isotropic invariants. Other examples are materials that are subject to initial (or residual) stress, in which case the initial stress acts as a structure tensor from which invariants are constructed. There are many applications of constitutive laws for initially-stressed materials, ranging from modeling the properties of arteries, to shrink-fit engineering components, to non-destructive evaluation of material properties, to seismic wave propagation problems, for example. In this talk he will illustrate the use of invariants in two areas of application: (1) mechanics of the cardiovascular system, and (2) wave propagation in initially stressed materials.



>> Research on Microbial Genes for Degradation (Part 2)


Speaker: Wen Donghui


Date: Mar. 31, 2011 (Thursday)


Time: 16:30-18:00


Venue: Room 109, Lijiao Building, PKU


Intro: The speaker will introduce his recent research published on the 6th edition of Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering in China .



>> Localized Bulging in Inflated Hyperelastic Membrane Tubes and Aneurysm Formation in Human Arteries


Speaker: Professor Fu Yibin


Venue: Conference Room 434, Mechanics Building of PKU


Date: Mar. 31, 2011 (Thursday)


Time: 16:00-17:00


Intro: When a hyperelastic membrane tube is inflated, a localized bulge will form when the pressure reaches a critical value. Further growth of the bulge is accompanied by decreasing pressure until the bulge reaches a maximum size, after which it will no longer grow and will instead spread in both directions. This phenomenon is well-known and has been examined in many theoretical, experimental and numerical studies. Professor Fu and his colleagues will first report some of their recent results on this problem and show how they can be applied to the mathematical modeling of aneurysm formation in human arteries.


Professor Fu Yibin now serves as editor of IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics , editorial board member of Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica and International Journal of Applied Mechanics , as well as expert group member of EPSRC Foundation in UK.



>> Designing Soft Polymer Networks for Optimum Mechanical Properties (Xingda Report No.355)


Speaker: Professor Costantino Creton, ESPCI ParisTech, France


Date: Apr. 1, 2011 (Friday)


Time: 14:00-16:00


Venue: Room 204-206, Zone A of Chemistry Building, PKU


Intro: In many applications the entropic elasticity displayed by high molecular weight polymers is very useful, providing the building blocks of soft solids such as self-adhesive materials, hydrogels or rubbers. While classical applications of covalently crosslinked rubbers are well-known to polymer scientists, the mechanics of imperfect networks containing covalent bonds but also supramolecular interactions such as hydrogen bonds, entanglements and where the polymer chains are diluted in a solvent are more complex to understand at the frontier between liquids and solids. The speaker will discuss some recent results obtained in his laboratory on soft supramolecular adhesives ( Adv. Funct. Mat , 2010), soft-soft Nan composites ( Soft Matter , 2009) and dual urethane-acrylic hybrid networks ( Macromolecules in press).



>> Sharing Venture: Deciphering the Future of the Internet


Speaker: Xu Chaojun


Date: Apr. 1, 2011 (Friday)


Time: 19:00-21:00


Venue: Room 205, PKU Classroom Building No.2


Intro: Xu Chaojun is the founder of Simple blog communities Diandian Website. Graduating from the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University at 20, he served in Sohu.com as core member of the CHINAREN entrepreneurial team and was elevated to CTO in 2005. Afterwards, he worked as vice president of Oak Pacific Interactive, former president of Renren.com (formerly named Xiaonei.com). Under his administration, Xiaone.com soon shot up as the biggest social network in China. He is a believer and practitioner of Web 2.0 (featuring the interaction between users and the Internet, with users not only as the information receivers but also as the builders). Convinced that Web 2.0 will change contemporary lifestyle, he is always dedicated to build a Web 2.0-based entertainment interactive platform.



>> Automatic Literature Review Generation


Speaker: Professor Chris Khoo, Professor Theng Yin Leng of human computer interaction, and Professor Lee of knowledge management from Nanyang Technological University


Date: Apr. 1, 2011 (Friday)


Time: 14:30-16:00


Venue: Conference Room 121, PKU Department of Information Management


1. Automatic Literature Review Generation (by Professor Chris Khoo)
2. Research in the Elderly and Technologies (by Professor Theng Yin Leng)
3. Promoting Values through Folktales (by Professor Lee Chu Keong)



>> Beginning with Spring in Jade Pavilion , one of Wen Tingjun`s Poems


Speaker: Professor Wu Hongyi


Date: Apr. 7, 2011 (Thursday)


Time: 15:00-17:00


Venue: Lecture Hall (2nd floor), PKU Department of Chinese Language and Literature (at Jingyuan Courtyard No. 5)


Intro: Born in 1943, Professor Wu Hongyi received his doctor degree of literature in Taiwan University (NTU). He once served as professor of Chinese literature in NTU, visiting professor of Chinese Literature Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Advisory Board Member of Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia of Sinica in Taiwan, etc. With profound attainments in poetics and Qing dynasty literature criticism, he has gained academic reputation both at home and abroad. His published works include Research on Changzhou Poetry School, Exploratory Study of Qing Dynasty poetics, Four Discussions on Qing Dynasty Poetics, Collection of Critics on Qing Literature, Review of Qing Dynasty Poetry, Textual Research on Qing Dynasty Poetry, Research on Wen Tingjun`s poem Bodhisattva, The Book of Songs and Chuci .



>> Roman and Greek Cultures


Speaker: Professor Andrew Erskine, professor of ancient history in University of Edinburgh


Date: Apr. 8, 2011 (Friday)


Time: 15:00-17:00


Venue: Conference Room 110, Jingyuan Courtyard No.1, PKU



Translated by: Wang Jingran
Edited by: Arthars
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