Prof. Hans Herrmann

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Scientific Conference in Monte Verità, Switzerland, February 22. - 27., 2009

"From Shear Bands to Rapid Flow"

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ETH Zürich
Prof. Dr. Hans Jürgen Herrmann
Institut für Baustoffe (IfB)
HIF E 12
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 3
8093 Zürich

Phone (HIT): +41 44 633 27 01
Phone (HIF): +41 44 633 07 36

Cracking stones and throwing sand are my favorite but I do that peacefully either on the computer or a sheet of paper.

Presently I am working mainly on dunes and Apollonian packings.

I am also investigating density waves, fragmentation, stratification, segregation, compactification, sedimentation, dissipative gases, the shape of a sand pile, the dip under the heap, non-linear elasticity of packings and shear bands which I also studied micromechanically.

Among others I have been working with Lucilla de Arcangelis on SOC on small world lattices and the brain, with Falk Wittel and Norbert Stoop on folding of wire, with Ferenc Kun and Raul Cruz on fibres, with Jose Soares on complex networks and on porous media and with Jason Gallas on cellular automata .

In the past I have worked on percolation, kinetic gelation, cluster-cluster aggregation, traffic, mineral dendrites, superplasticity and the Potts model and have written reviews on cellular automata, fracture, growth phenomena and geometrical critical phenomena.

Also I am managing editor of International J. of Modern Physics C and of Granular Matter, in the editorial board of several journals and have edited several books.

You are welcome to browse through my list of publications, have a glimpse into my life or maybe you want to hear rap made by my students.

Here also a clip from German TV as member of a jury in a pupils contest and a report from a school.




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