Mini-Workshop: Mathematical Analysis for Peridynamics
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Period16 Jan - 22 Jan 2011
A mathematical analysis for peridynamics, a nonlocal elastic theory, is the subject of the mini-workshop. Peridynamics is a novel multiscale mechanical model where the canonical divergence of the stress tensor is replaced by an integral operator that sums forces at a finite distance. As such, the underlying regularity assumptions are more general, for instance, allowing discontinuous and non-differentiable displacement fields. Although the theoretical mechanical formulation of peridynamics is well understood, the mathematical and numerical analyses are in their early stages. The mini-workshop proved to be a catalyst for the emerging mathematical analyses among an international group of mathematicians.