Wednesday, 1 June 2016, HPV G 4, please note that this colloquium starts at 17:15!
Pedro M. Reis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
From Buckliphobia to Buckliphilia: The Wonders of Slender Structures
Buckling of slender structures is typically regarded as a first route towards failure, and is to be avoided (Buckliphobia). Instead, we envision mechanical instabilities as opportunities for scalable, reversible, and robust functional mechanisms that are first to be predictively understood, and then harvested for applications (Buckliphilia). Examples are provided, ranging from the bacterial locomotion to smart surfaces for drag reduction.