PHYSICAL MATHEMATICS SEMINAR
TITLE: OPTIMAL MECHANISMS
SPEAKER: MICHAEL P. BRENNER
Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University
ABSTRACT:
The talk will describe some recent theoretical and experimental work on the optimal
design of mechanisms. Although there is a long history of mathematical approaches to
optimal design problems, most of the work focuses on designing a single state of a
system to optimize some target function. We will describe several examples involving
the design of a mechanism: the examples will include (a) the optimal design of a mems
relay switch; (b) the optimal design of the actuation mechanism for the switch; and (c)
finding the shape of a nozzle with fixed cross sectional area which ejects the smallest
sized droplet under adiabatic forcing.
TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2003
2:30 pm
Building 2, Room 338
Refreshments will be served at 3:30 PM in Room 2-349
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Mathematics
Cambridge, MA 02139