Italians visit to collaborate on fracture

24 September 2014

The Mathematics department recently hosted two visiting academics from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Dr. Andrea Nobili and Prof. Enrico Radi. They were engaged in a collaboration with Dr Adam Vellender and Prof. Gennady Mishuris on problems relating to mathematical models of fracture. Dr Nobili was the recipient of an Aberystwyth DMAPS Summer Fellowship, which funded his stay here for one month. During his visit, he presented a seminar entitled "Nonlinear effects in elasticity", which highlighted the importance of nonlinearity in the modelling of physical phenomena such as the optical properties of liquid crystals and the behaviour of elastic foundations.