Abstract The International Symposium on Solid Mechanics (MecSol) is a biennial conference which aims to provide a forum to discuss relevant issues associated with solid mechanics. The MecSol 2017 edition was held in the city of Joinville, Brazil, on 26-28 April 2017. Plenary lectures were delivered by researchers from five different countries. The main topics discussed in the conference are as follows: composite materials, optimization, constitutive modelling, fatigue, impact, nonlinear analyses, structural reliability, X-FEM, G-FEM, and BEM numerical methods. The participants were invited to submit full papers, which, after peer review, compound this special issue of the Latin American Journal of Solids and Structures. This article highlights the main topics addressed in the conference.
This work aims to investigate the role of epoxy addition in high density polyethylene (HDPE) matrix. The block copolymer polyethylene-b-poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG-co-PE) was used as a compatibilizer. The samples were obtained by melt mixing using a torque rheometer. Instrumental nanoindentation was used to determine Young's modulus and nanohardness, thermal properties were analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and phase morphology was investigated through transmission and scanning electronic microscopy. The epoxy addition increased HDPE crystallinity by 13% and Young's modulus by 8%. The addition of PEG-co-PE decreased the size of dispersed phase by approximately 50% and improved phase adhesion and homogeneity compared to the blends without block copolymer. The experimental results were compared to numerical results obtained from the use of the homogenization by asymptotic expansion approach. The numerical results presented a fair agreement to the experimental values.