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Journal Club Theme of November 2015: Rethink Wood

Rethink Wood: Unconventional Applications of Cellulose and its Derivatives

Teng Li, Shuze Zhu, Zheng Jia

1. Introduction

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Chemical reaction

Attached are the slides for a course on engineering thermodynamics.  Before coming to class, please watch these two videos on fuel cells:  

Faculty Position in Mechanical Engineering


The Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) ( invites qualified applicants to apply for faculty positions at all ranks (Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor) in the Mechanical Engineering Program.

R&D Mechanical Engineer - Computational Mechanics and Constitutive Modeling (Senior or Principal)

About Sandia    

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense.

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Computational analysis of metallic nanowire-elastomer nanocomposite based strain sensors

Possessing a strong piezoresistivity, nanocomposites of metal nanowires and elastomer have been studied extensively for its use in highly flexible, stretchable, and sensitive sensors. In this work, we analyze the working mechanism and performance of a nanocomposite based stretchable strain sensor by calculating the conductivity of the nanowire percolation network as a function of strain. We reveal that the nonlinear piezoresistivity is attributed to the topological change of percolation network, which leads to a bottleneck in the electric path.

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Post Doctoral Researcher in Microstructural Modelling of Materials

A post doctoral position is available at the University of Limerick, Ireland. The object of the research, which is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), is to obtain an understanding of the mechanical behaviour of ferritic and martensitic steels at the micron and sub-micron scale and to link this behaviour to component behaviour. The work will involve computational and experimental studies of material behaviour using a range of numerical and experimental techniques.

UC Santa Barbara Mechanical Engineering Part-Time Temporary Lecturers

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks applications for possible part-time Temporary Lecturer positions in all areas of Mechanical Engineering. Main duties may include teaching required lower or upper division ME courses, as well as upper division electives. The ideal candidate should be interested and experienced in teaching in different educational settings - from project-oriented, inquiry-based classes, to larger, more traditional, lecture-oriented classes. An M.S.

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Fourth International Conference of Nanomechanics and Nanocomposites (ICNN4)

The 4th edition of the International Conference of Nanomechanics and Nanocomposites (ICNN)  will be held in Vicenza from 14th to 17th of September 2016.

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Hierarchical porous Si can breath lithium without causing volume change

Electrochemical lithiation/delithiation causes 300% volume change in solid silicon. Whereas hierarchical porous Si synthesized by GM causes negligible apparent volume change when breathing lithium.  

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Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials finishes its first year

The December Issue of JDBM is now available, completing the first year of this new journal sponsored by the Society for Experimental Mechanics.  Springer is making all papers freely available for the first two years.

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Psychrometry and HVAC

Attatched are the slides for a course on engineering thermodynamics.  Before coming to class, please watch this tutorial on psychrometry. 

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Multiscale Modeling of Dynamic Failure

A postdoctoral research fellow is sought to join the Laboratory for Nonequilibrium Phenomena ( under the direction of Prof. Justin W. Wilkerson at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

Damage model for low carbon Steel

Hi All


usually there is few information about damage models for low carbon steels, I have been searching in literature, but there is nothing , shall anyone inform me , I am searching for C4 steel damage data


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Speech of Acceptance of the 2015 Timoshenko Medal by Michael Ortiz

Applied Mechanics Division Banquet, Houston, 17 November 2015.

Howdy! I am your after-dinner entertainment!

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Ideal-gas mixture

These slides are used in a course on thermodynamics.

Recruit PhD Students in Mechanical Engineering

Recruit PhD Students in Mechanical Engineering Division, School of Engineering, UC Merced

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PhD scholarship: Predicting delamination damage in the machining of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) composites

Start Date: 1st September 2016

Duration: 4 years

Stipend: Tax free stipend of £18,000 per year, plus all tuition fees paid at UK/EU rates. 

Supervisors: Dr Jose Curiel-Sosa (Dept of Mechanical Engineering), Dr Kevin Kerrigan and Dr Vaibhav Phadnis (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre).

Applications deadline: 7th December 2015.

Project Description

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Michael McAlpine and Xuanhe Zhao to receive Extreme Mechancis Letters Award

Michael McAlpine (University of Minnesota) and  Xuanhe Zhao (MIT) will receive the 2015 EML Young Investigator Award  honoring the best paper published in Extreme Mechanics Letters by a young scientist in 2014 or 2015. Michael is being recognized for his paper, "Pyro-paraelectricity,” which was published in the March 2015 issue of the journal. Xuanhe is awarded for the paper, "Predicting Fracture Energies and Crack-Tip Fields of Soft Tough Materials,” which was published in the September 2015 issue of the journal.

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Tough Soft Wet Adhesion

Tough bonding of hydrogels to diverse non-porous surfaces

Hyunwoo Yuk, Teng Zhang,Shaoting Lin, German Alberto Parada & Xuanhe Zhao

Nature Materials (2015) doi:10.1038/nmat4463

A design strategy for tough bonding of hydrogels to diverse solids.

Ashby PhD Scholarship in the Mechanics of Materials

A fully funded PhD scholarship exists in the area of mechanics of materials, endowed in honour of Prof M F Ashby. The successful applicant will have a 1st class degree (and ideally a Masters degree) in an appropriate field. The precise topic of the PhD can be fixed after the scholarship has been awarded.

Further details may be obtained from Ms H A Gardner ( .

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Reception in celebration of the 1st anniversary of Extreme Mechanics Letters

Extreme Mechanics Letters (EML) is turning 1. Come and join us for a reception to celebrate the 1st anniversary of EML during the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting.  See the attached reception flyer for details. All are welcome! 

Location: Sheraton Boston Hotel, Gardner, 3rd Floor

Address: 39 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02199

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


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