Symposium SB10-From Soft Hydrogel Materials to Hard Materials for Sports Equipment—Bridging the Gap with Additive Manufacturing

The purpose of the symposium is to bring (i) together the distinctive research communities working on soft materials such as hydrogels and hard materials such as sport equipment, and (ii) to identify synergies and strategies to use soft materials and additive manufacturing approaches (such as 3D printing) to bridge the gap in properties. Equipment improvement in sports such as surfing has seen an increase in the use of materials science and engineering methodologies. This ranges from understanding the mechanical flex in surfboards, the kinesiology of paddling, and the biomechanics of aerial landings to the use of new manufacturing techniques (such as additive manufacturing / 3D printing) and incorporation of computational fluid dynamics in the design of surfboards, fins and even wave pools. One of the key issues in sports is the mechanical mismatch between “hard” sports equipment and “softer” human operators. This mismatch is responsible for most of the sports injuries, when, for example, surfers collide with surfboards or surfboard fins. A particular focus will be the use of soft materials (such as hydrogels and thermoplastic polymers), which has attracted much attention during the last decades because of their wide range of applications in various fields. Better understanding of the behavior of soft materials will make it possible to identify the mechanisms that govern the lubricity and frictional response under dynamic sliding conditions such as those encountered in sports such as surfing, skiing, snowboarding and skating. The invited presentations will be given by leading researchers from academia, government laboratories, and industry. An important goal of the symposium is to promote collaboration across different disciplines such as materials science, physics, chemistry and engineering.

Topics will include:

  • 3D/4D printing (additive manufacturing)
  • Self-healing hydrogels and other soft materials
  • Neutral, polyelectrolyte and responsive gels
  • Structure property relationship in polymer networks
  • Transport and dynamic properties (including modelling and simulation of networks)
  • Materials for injury prevention and medicine in sports (e.g. surfing)
  • Fluid dynamics, including Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Biomechanics, kinesiology and bioenergetics in sports (e.g. surfing)
  • Surfing equipment including surfboards, foils, fins, wetsuits and measurement devices

Invited Speakers (tentative):

  • Tom Allen (Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom)
  • Tracie Barber (University of New South Wales, Australia)
  • Namita Choudhury (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia)
  • Jack Douglas (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Stevin Gehrke (The University of Kansas, USA)
  • Alan Grodzinsky (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Paul Janmey (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Nir Kampf (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
  • Ogi Markovic (Strategic Materials, Inc., USA)
  • Luca Oggiano (Nabla Flow, Norway)
  • Michelle Oyen (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
  • Gaio Paradossi (Università degli Studi di Roma-Tor Vergata, Italy)
  • Nicholas Peppas (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Clara Usma-Mansfield (Deakin University, Australia)
  • Sandra van Vlierberghe (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Joost Vlassak (Harvard University, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Marc in het Panhuis
University of Wollongong

Preethi Chandran
Howard University
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Ferenc Horkay
National Institutes of Health

Yongfu Li
Dow Chemicals Company
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