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12.03.2018

                                                  ### Next IGM Colloquium ###

Tuesday 13 March 2018 noon MED 0 1418 (tomorrow).

IGM Colloquium: Friction: from building the pyramids to the anatomy of individual contacts at the nanoscale, by Prof. Daniel Bonn, director of van der Waals-Zeeman Institute of the University of Amsterdam.

The IGM colloquium features invited speakers giving introductory talks on varied current research topics in Mechanical Engineering and related disciplines.

  • Where? - MED 0 1418 (Auditorium)
  • When? - Tuesdays noon
  • Who? - Students, researchers, faculty and everyone else interested in learning about different aspects of Mechanical Engineering

Please join us tomorrow at noon!

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07.03.18 — Prof. Daniel Bonn, University of Amsterdam — Friction: from building the pyramids to the anatomy of individual contacts at the nanoscale I will discuss the rheology and mechanical properties of wet granular materials, and show why the behavior can be very subtle. Once one understands the mechanical properties, I will show that one can use this knowledge to construct the perfect sandcastle, or to understand why the ancient Egyptians wetted the desert sand with water before sliding heavy stones over it (Figure). Read the whole article