|Lorenzo Bardella (U. Brescia, Italy)
|Samuel Forest (Mines ParisTech, France)
Nowadays, problems involving more physics and more length and time scales have become very relevant in engineering applications. Theoretical frameworks limited to conventional continua are often inadequate to model such problems. This has motivated the introduction of higher-order continua (within the framework of, e.g., nonlocal, strain gradient, micromorphic, and stress gradient theories) to efficiently incorporate the effect of fine-scale processes into the overall material response. Some of these continuum models typically rely on assuming that the internal energy depends on additional (higher-order) fields with respect to the conventional continuum.
The goal of this mini-symposium is to bring together contributions concerned with the most recent advances in higher-order continuum theories. Topics include, but are not limited to: