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Two PhD student positions at The University of Sydney, Australia

Two PhD student positions at Particles and Grains Laboratory, The University of Sydney, Australia
The research project is concerning the micromechanics of granular materials, which include time-dependent deformation of geo-materials, thermal-mechanical behaviour at elevated temperatures, and transport phenomena in porous media. In this project, the main objectives are to characterise and understand fundamental deformation mechanisms from the grain level, and develop material models with grain-scale information with multi-scale approaches using simulations and experiments.

PostDoc position, Karlsruhe (Germany): Mechanics of Granular Materials in Fusion Technology

A research position is now opening in the field of Computational Mechanics of granular materials, in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. This position should start between May and September 2010, and is a full-time fixed-term PostDoc position for 2 years (TVL E13).

How can I find material properties of metallic glasses?

I am now going to model a sample with metallic glass (Cu-Zr-Ti) under stress and temperature loads. I wonder whether there is some existing database to find material properties, in particular, the creep properties with respect to temperature and stresses. Then I can use these data as input for a FE analysis.

Thank you very much!

How to input LaTeX equations in iMechanica


Last time, when I saw one blog of , I thought it would be much more convenient if we can input some equations in iMechanica for discussion. When I make discussion about mechanics with colleagues, I would like to write down some equations on the blackboard or paper. For discussion based on the web blog, LaTeX equations will be helpful. And it would be better if one can input equations directly instead of uploading one picture after another.

The 8th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology (ISFNT-8), Heidelberg, Germany (Sep-Oct, 2007)

The 8th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology (ISFNT-8) will be held in Heidelberg, Germany, from 30th September to 5th October, 2007.

 The Symposium  will focus on all technical aspects of fusion nuclear technology (FNT) and other related disciplines...


  1. First Wall Technology and High Heat Flux Components
  2. Blanket Technology
  3. Fuel Cycle and Tritium Processing
  4. Material Engineering for FNT
  5. Vacuum Vessel
  6. Nuclear System Design and Reactor Studies
  7. Safety Issues and Waste Management
  8. Models and Experiments for FNT
  9. Repair and Maintenance
  10. Burning Plasma Control and Operation
  11. Inertial Confinement Fusion Studies and Technologies
  12. FNT Contributions to other Fields of Science and Technology

The 13th International Conference on Fusion Reactor Materials, Nice, France (Dec, 2007)

ICFRM is the major international conference for exchanging and archiving knowledge on the development of materials for both near and long-term fusion energy systems. It assembles the world community to present their results on research, development, and deployment of materials for fusion devices. The scope of the conference ranges from fundamental materials science to in-service materials performance, and is delivered in a mix of invited and contributed oral and poster presentations.

What can mechanicians do in fusion research?

More than fifty years ago, people realized that we can use fusion for energy, but the problem remains where and how to keep a plasma of 100 million degrees centigrade.

For TOKAMAK, one of the approaches to use the fusion power, now comes the news: "On 21 November, Ministers from the seven ITER Parties came together to sign the agreement to establish the international Organization that will implement ITER."

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