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Translational research in sustainability and mechanics

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Sustainability includes all aspects of the society, such as civil infrastructural systems, energy, environment, health, safety, life–cycle analyses, etc. New technologies like nano technology, simulation and smart materials play key roles in achieving sustainability. Nuclear energy is a viable source of clean energy. The historical perspective, R&D, challenges and barriers for sustainability are presented. Key elements include mechanics, life–cycle performance, smart materials, durability, nano and other new technologies. Many complex materials require multi–scale and/or multi–physics research to connect structure to properties and ultimately to function. The amalgamation of the discrete multiple length spectrum and its multiple physics principles creates a unprecedented area whose evolution can only be unveiled through the marriage of advancement of theoretical studies, use of computational methods, and experimental validation. Here we introduce a concurrent multiscale simulation method, aiming at a seamless transition from the atomistic to the continuum description of multi–element crystalline solids. We adopt a cluster–based summation rule for atomic force calculations in the FE formulations.

Keywords: sustainability, durability, Chong cycle, bridge coatings, accelerated tests, nanotechnology, multiscale material modelling, molecular dynamics, multi–physics, concurrent continuum/, atomic simulation, sustainable development, smart materials, R&, D, barriers, research and development, mechanics, life cycle performance, atomic force, finite element analysis, FEA

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