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Catastrophic Failure in Flexural Lattice Problems

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Project "CAT-FFLAP" data sheet

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address: VIA UNIVERSITA 40
postcode: 9124
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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 168˙277 €
 EC max contribution 168˙277 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-14   to  2019-09-13


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 Project objective

Currently, there is a vast amount of research activity taking place into the development of new materials having unconventional properties and the respective technologies have been opening new eras through various applications for society. This new generation of materials, or metamaterials, have led to interesting physical properties previously thought impossible such as cloaking, negative refraction and materials that contract when heated. Most of those properties are realised in the dynamic response of the material. However, in these dynamic processes uncertainty remains as to whether these metamaterials undergo feasible deformations, remaining intact. Research into the latter is limited. Understanding this phenomenon is important in developing new metamaterials. Additionally it is crucial, for example, in larger structures such as multi-span bridges, pipelines and skyscrapers exposed to earthquakes and terrorist attacks, regularly faced in Europe and their effects can be catastrophic to human life.

To accomplish this research, a significant multidisciplinary effort is required from applied mathematicians, engineers, computer scientists and industrialists closely collaborating towards this one goal.

This timely project has two aims: (i) to create a well-rounded researcher capable of interacting with engineers and industrialists and (ii) this should be executed through the research into this area or more specifically the dynamic failure propagation in structured media under various loading conditions. This will be achieved through establishing an international and multidisciplinary long-standing collaboration between the European Fellow (EF), who is an applied mathematician, academic partner UniCA and industrial partner ES. Through this, a unique research environment will be created offering essential training not possible at the EF’s home institute, creating new skills that will complement the EF’s existing strengths to enable objectives (i) and (ii).


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 M. Garau, M.J. Nieves, G. Carta, M. Brun
Transient response of a gyro-elastic structured medium: Unidirectional waveforms and cloaking
published pages: 115-141, ISSN: 0020-7225, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijengsci.2019.05.007
International Journal of Engineering Science 143 2019-09-17
2019 M Garau, M J Nieves, I S Jones
Alternating Strain Regimes for Failure Propagation in Flexural Systems
published pages: 305-339, ISSN: 0033-5614, DOI: 10.1093/qjmam/hbz008
The Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics 72/3 2019-09-17
2019 G. Carta, M. J. Nieves, I. S. Jones, N. V. Movchan, A. B. Movchan
Flexural vibration systems with gyroscopic spinners
published pages: 20190154, ISSN: 1364-503X, DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2019.0154
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 377/2156 2019-09-17
2019 M. J. Nieves, M. Brun
Dynamic characterization of a periodic microstructured flexural system with rotational inertia
published pages: 20190113, ISSN: 1364-503X, DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2019.0113
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 377/2156 2019-09-17
2018 M.J. Nieves, G. Carta, I.S. Jones, A.B. Movchan, N.V. Movchan
Vibrations and elastic waves in chiral multi-structures
published pages: 387-408, ISSN: 0022-5096, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2018.07.020
Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 121 2019-06-11
2018 M. Garau, G. Carta, M. J. Nieves, I. S. Jones, N. V. Movchan, A. B. Movchan
Interfacial waveforms in chiral lattices with gyroscopic spinners
published pages: 20180132, ISSN: 1364-5021, DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2018.0132
Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science 474/2215 2019-06-11
2018 G Carta, M J Nieves, I S Jones, N V Movchan, A B Movchan
Elastic Chiral Waveguides with Gyro-Hinges
published pages: 157-185, ISSN: 0033-5614, DOI: 10.1093/qjmam/hby001
The Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics 71/2 2019-06-11

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