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Fracture Mechanics of Soft Materials

Rong Long

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

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Localized Deformation in Plastic Liquids on Elastomers

Dear Colleagues,

Attached please find our recent paper “Localized Deformation in Plastic Liquids on Elastomers”.

Title: Localized Deformation in Plastic Liquids on Elastomers

Authors: Xavier P. Morelle, Ruobing Bai and Zhigang Suo

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PhD position @AMOLF, Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Development of a soft robotic heart

A PhD position is available in the Soft Robotic Matter group @AMOLF, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The PhD focusses on the development of a complete soft artificial biocompatible heart. For more information and to apply, please visit the AMOLF website.

Research assistantship at IISc Bangalore

We have an immediate opening for a research assistant in the Mech Engng department at IISc Bangalore. 


  • Strong background in Finite element methods
  • Skill in C++ programming
  • Masters degree with specialization in computational mechanics, applied mathematics or related areas.
  • Open only to Indian citizens.

Interested candidates satisfying ALL the above requirements can write to

rram at mecheng dot iisc dot ernet dot in

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PhD Opportunity at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow UK

Dear All,


Applications are invited for a PhD studentship on inverse Finite Element Method (iFEM) at the University of Strathclyde under the supervision of Dr Selda Oterkus and Dr Erkan Oterkus for UK/EU students. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to


Best Regards,




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(Due 31st October) Call for Nominations for the Eshelby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty

It is my pleasure to solicit nominations for the "Eshelby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty". This award, launched in 2012, is given annually to rapidly emerging junior faculty who exemplify the creative use and development of mechanics. The intent of the award is to promote the field of mechanics, especially among young researchers. While interdisciplinary work that bridges mechanics with physics, chemistry, biology and other disciplines is encouraged, the ideal awardee will demonstrate clear inspiration from mechanics in his/her research.

Call for Mini-symposia Proposals at EMI 2018 in Cambridge, MA

EMI 2018, the 2018 conference of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE will be held on May 29-June 1, 2018 at M.I.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The conference is organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. 


Research Scientist position available at A*STAR IHPC

We are looking for a highly motivated research scientist to work in the area of applied mechanics and materials at A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) in Singapore. The topic is on soft active materials and soft robots. You are expected to work on theoretical modeling and numerical implementation of finite element procedures. 

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A new hybrid numerical scheme for modeling elastodynamics in unbounded media with near-source heterogeneities

The Finite Difference (FD) and the Spectral Boundary Integral (SBI) methods have been used extensively to model spontaneously propagating shear cracks in a variety of engineering and geophysical applications. In this paper, we propose a new modeling approach, in which these two methods are combined through consistent exchange of boundary tractions and displacements. Benefiting from the flexibility of FD and the efficiency of spectral boundary integral methods, the proposed hybrid scheme will solve a wide range of problems in a computationally efficient way.

PhD candidate for finite element developer

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Postdoctoral researcher position: Multiscale modeling of carbon fiber fabrication and properties

A position of postdoctoral researcher in the Computational Materials Group at the University of Virginia is available as a result of a new collaborative project aimed at the development of advanced methods of carbon fibers fabrication from organic precursors. The postdoctoral researcher will join a multi-disciplinary research team working on optimization of atomic structure of carbon fibers through targeted experiments and multiscale modeling of chemical reactions and structural rearrangements occurring at different stages of the carbon fiber fabrication.

Ph.D. student positions, Computational Materials Group, University of Virginia

Research assistantships are available for students interested in pursuing Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering. The graduate students will join the Computational Materials Group and work on the development and application of various computational techniques (atomistic, continuum, mesoscopic) to research problems in general areas of laser – materials interactions, acoustic activation of surface processes, and investigation of properties of nanostructured materials.

2 PhD positions immediately available at University of Maryland- College Park

Two PhD positions on the MODELING AND SIMULATIONS OF FLOWS IN POLYELECTROLYTE-BRUSH-GRAFTED NANOCHANNELS are available immediately in SMIEL (Soft Matter Interfaces and Energy Laboratory) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland. One of the selected students will be working with Prof. Siddhartha Das (Webpage: and the other student will work jointly with Prof. Siddhartha Das and Prof.

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Call for abstract for SPIE 2018 Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites XII conference

SPIE 2018 Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites XII (SSN04) conference will be held in Denver, Colorado, United States on March 4 to 8 2018, as a part of SPIE Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation. 

Topics of interest are broadly grouped into the following categories:

• functional soft materials and structures

• mechanics of smart and multifunctional materials

• modeling and simulation of smart and multifunctional materials

Two PhD positions for Computational Materials and/or Computational Mechanics

Mississippi State University, Mechanical Engineering department is seeking outstanding candidates for the project “Theoretical Understanding of Porosity-Induced Mechanisms during Solidification of Cast Alloys and their Influence on Process-Structure-Property Correlations”, which is funded by a NSF grant.

Abstract submission open for mini-symposium "Micromechanics-based Nonlocal Continuum Models" at ESMC 2018, Bologna, Italy

Micromechanics-based Nonlocal Continuum Models organised by Lorenzo Bardella (University of Brescia) and Samuel Forest (Mines ParisTech CNRS)  Submission deadline: November 15th, 2017  Nowadays, problems involving more physics and more length and time scales have become very relevant in engineering applications. Theoretical frameworks limited to conventional continua are often inadequate to model such problems.

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Veamy: an extensible object-oriented C++ library for the virtual element method

This paper summarizes the development of an object-oriented C++ library for the virtual element method (VEM) named Veamy, whose modular design is focused on its extensibility. The two-dimensional linear elastostatic problem has been chosen as the starting stage for the development of this library. In contrast to the standard finite element method, the VEM in two dimensions uses polygonal finite element meshes.

Multi-scale finite element modeling of magnesium medical devices

<p>Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for two full-time Postdoctoral Researcher positions on the finite element simulation of magnesium orthopaedic implants. These three year fixed term positions are funded through a US-Ireland R&amp;D Partnership Programme involving collaboration between the SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices (Cúram), the NSF Engineering Research Centre Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (RMB, USA), and the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC, Northern Ireland).

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High thermal conductivity through simultaneously aligned polyethylene lamellae and graphene nanoplatelets

The effect of simultaneous alignment of polyethylene (PE) lamellae and graphene nanoplatelets (GnP) on thermal conductivity (k) of PE-GnP composites is investigated. Measurements reveal a large increase of 1100% in k of the aligned PE-GnP composite using 10 weight% GnPs relative to unoriented pure PE. Rate of increase of k with applied strain for the pure PE-GnP composite with 10 wt% GnP is found to be almost a factor of two higher than the pure PE sample, pointing to the beneficial effect of GnP alignment on k enhancement.


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