Computing Contact Problems with Self-Conforming Hybrid Materials

The long-term goal of this project is to establish a class of material systems with the intrinsic ability to compute contact problems by coupling self-shaping into a deformed shape to the distributed value of electrical conductance. To achieve this, the overall objective of this proposal is to establish such a hybrid material exhibiting self-shaping in response to external pressures that are transduced into an integral value of conductance, which in turn correlates to the spatial distribution of the external pressure.


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Ilias Bilionis
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Ilias the Predictive Science Laboratory focusing on developing artificial intelligence technologies for accelerating the engineering innovation.