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Symposium on "Computational Mechanics of Materials and Structures" at the Society of Engineering Science Meeting

Dear Colleagues:

We are writing to draw your attention to Symposium D-8, titled "Computational Mechanics of Materials and Structures" within the "Mechanics of Solids and Structures" track of the 53rd Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science (SES) to be held at the University of Maryland, October 2-5, 2016.  The symposium description may be found below, and we encourage you to submit an abstract.  Fur further details and to submit an abstract, please see the meeting website ses2016.org.

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Positions available in the mechanics of polymers

Two positions at the PhD level are available in solid mechanics in my group in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  I'm looking for motivated students in the area of solid mechanics and materials, with specific application to the multiphysics behavior of polymeric materials.  A few key areas are polymeric gels, thermo-mechanics of polymers, shape-memory polymers, chemical reactions occurring in a deforming polymer, and so on.  Research topics are broad and cover the full range of theoretical, numerical, and experimental aspects.

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Abaqus UEL for coupled diffusion-deformation theory for elastomeric gels

We have a new paper in IJSS that discusses details about Abaqus user elements, in the context of polymer gels, that may be useful to the community. The supplemental material of the paper provides the UEL code, some input files, as well as a short tutorial that should be helpful to others in their own research projects, even if not related to gels.

The link to the files is: http://web.njit.edu/~sac3/Software.html

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