Invited Speaker at DYFP 2018

Prof. Hutchens gave an invited talk at the 2018 International Conference on Deformation, Yield, and Fracture of Polymers (DYFP). Her talk, entitled “Cutting and the Failure of Hyperelastic Solids,” discussed recent results discovered by Ph.D. student Bingyang Zhang along with help from several supporting undergraduate researchers, including Steven Yang, Mary Cassidy, Bryan Bunch, and Andrew Shiang. In it, Prof. Hutchens discussed the sensitivity of a y-shaped cutting geometry to many of the material responses that affect traditional tear energies of rubbery polymers. The talk was well-received, resulting in fruitful conversations and several suggestions for alternate approaches to explore.