Multiscaling in Molecular and Continuum Mechanics: Interaction of Time and Size from Macro to Nano

Application to biology, physics, material science, mechanics, structural and processing engineering

  • G. C. Sih

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Y. P. Chen, J. D. Lee, Y. J. Lei, L. M. Xiong
    Pages 23-65
  3. X. Q. Feng, D. L. Shi, Y. G. Huang, K. C. Hwang
    Pages 103-139
  4. G. N. Haidemenopoulos, A. I. Katsamas, N. Aravas
    Pages 161-178
  5. R. Jones, S. Barter, L. Molent, S. Pitt
    Pages 197-240
  6. D. Qian, K. Nagarajan, S. R. Mannava, V. K. Vasudevan
    Pages 241-257
  7. D. Stamenović, N. Wang, D. E. Ingber
    Pages 321-338
  8. Y. G. Wei, X. L. Wu, C. Zhu, M. H. Zhao
    Pages 369-387
  9. J. A. Zimmerman, P. A. Klein, E. B. Webb III
    Pages 439-455
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 457-460

About this book


This volume on multiscaling has been motivated by the advancement of nano-technology in the past four decades. In particular, nano-electronics has paved the way to show that the behavior of nano-size bodies are not only different from macro-size bodies but they do not obey the same physical laws. There appears to be a mesoscopic region which separates the laws of quantum physics and continuum mechanics. A gap has been left in the full range of scaling from macro to nano. Micro-manipulation can be made more effective if the atomic and molecular scale activities can be identified more precisely with the use specific objectives. In this respect, material science has already benefited by positioning and structuring of nanometer-scale particles to arrive at the desired macroscopic material properties. The idea has been implemented to tailor-make structural materials for the Boeing 787 to better accommodate non-uniform stress and strain at different locations of the aircraft. Explored are also the possibility of coaxing DNA-based organisms such as viruses to improve performance of batteries, solar cells, fabrics, paints and other kinds of materials. The potential of assembling bio-molecules to build electronic components is also in the planning. The manipulation of molecules and atoms has been regarded as a common base for both material and life science. Quantum and continuum mechanics are being applied side by side for exploring the behavior of small and large objects moving at fast and slow speed.


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Editors and affiliations

  • G. C. Sih
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Mechanical EngineeringEast China University of Science and TechnologyChina
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical Engineering and MechanicLehigh UniversityBethlehemUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-5061-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-5062-6
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