The Society of Engineering Science (SES) has selected Prof. John Rudnicki to receive the Engineering Science Medal at the 51st Annual Technical Meeting of SES to be held at Purdue University, October 1-3, 2014. Following the tradition of SES, we are organizing a symposium in Prof. John Rudnicki’s honor. The symposium will consist of invited presentations that include, but are not limited to, the major areas where Prof. Rudnicki has contributed significantly such as geomechanics, localization in geomaterials, coupling in deformation and diffusion in poroelastic rocks, earthquake mechanics and faulting processes, shear and compaction bands, testing and failure of rock, microcrack models and rock damages, energy radiation from seismic sources, subsurface slipping and faulting, cracking in poroelastic medium, permeability in damaged rocks, etc.

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Comminution of solids due to kinetic energy of high-rate shearing: impact, shock, and shale fracturing

Zdenek P Bazant, Northwestern University
Yewang Su, Northwestern University, United States
Marco Salviato, Northwestern University, United States
Ferhun Caner, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, ETSEIB, United States

Fractals at elastic–plastic transitions in metals, soils, and rocks

Martin Ostoja-Starzewski, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States

Grainsize effect on the crushing behavior of unsaturated granular solids

Giuseppe Buscarnera, Northwestern University, United States

Gravity driven hydraulic fracture with finite breadth

Dmitry Garagash, Dalhousie University
Leonid Germanovich, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States

Importance of the intermediate principal stress on failure and localization behavior in high porosity rocks

Mathew Ingraham, Sandia National Laboratories

Keynote: Going from cold to hot with John Rudnicki

James Rice, Harvard Unversity

Liquefaction in granular matter as a diffuse instability with micromechanical origin

Jose Andrade, Caltech

Modeling deformation bands in thermal softening and fluid infiltrating porous solids at finite strain

WaiChing Sun, Columbia University, United States
Claudio Tamagnini, Università degli Studi di Perugia, United States

Modeling fracture in nanotwinned matetrials

Huajian Gao, Brown University

Modeling of cortical bone adaptation due to oscillatory loading

Iwona Jasiuk, University of Illinois

Predicting strain localization in high porosity materials

Kathleen Issen, Clarkson University
Mathew Ingraham, Sandia National Laboratories, United States

Progressive failure along frictional discontinuities

Antonio Bobet, Purdue University, United States

Some observations and analyses of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami

KT Chau, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

True triaxial failure characteristics in rocks from granite to sandstone: experimental results and theoretical predictions – a review

Bezalel Haimson, University of Wisconsin, United States