This course is an advanced, discussion-based look at the principles and measurement of the mechanics of adhesion for soft materials. This topic has a large influence on numerous applications/fields at the forefront of today's leading technologies: from nanotech to biotech. Considerable emphasis will be placed on contact mechanics that are at the heart of commonly used methods to assess surface and interfacial properties in thin films and soft, bio-related materials.
To relate force, displacement, and interfacial area for two contacting elastic bodies with defined geometry in the absence of adhesion.
To account for the influence of interfacial energy in the deformation of elastic materials.
To quantitatively and qualitatively describe the influence of viscoelasticity on the contact response of two bodies.
To relate force, displacement, and interfacial area to the process of separating one material layer from another by peeling
To identify two mechanisms of adhesion used by organisms
To relate materials properties to commonly used descriptors for adhesion and contact mechanical response.
- Teacher: Alfred Crosby