PIRE - mathematics, mechanics, materials science

Science at the triple point between
mathematics, mechanics and materials science

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U.S. Participating Institutions

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European Partners

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Industrial Partner

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map of U.S. and Europe showing PIRE sitesThis PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) project is a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded international collaboration program (NSF abstract) starting on January 2011. The scientific scope is directed to issues in applied mathematics and mechanics, including partial differential equations, calculus of variations, and scientific computation, which arise from the materials sciences.

Four scientific themes, all at the interface where PDE and the calculus of variations meet mechanics and materials science:

Many contemporary problems in new and advanced materials are related to the variety of length and time scales and heterogeneities inherent in their fabrication and function. Predictive theories for these complex systems require new advanced mathematics whose discovery will be enhanced by international collaboration.

The main international goals are:

Overall structure: