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SES symposium "Soft Materials" DEADLINE approaching -- June 26, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The 52nd Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science will be hosted by Texas A&M University during October 26-28, 2015. As part of this meeting, we are organizing a mini-symposium to address recent experimental, computational, theoretical, and manufacturing advances on the mechanics and physics of soft materials. Topics of particular interest include:

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Call for abstracts IMECE-2015: 12-19 Mechanics of Biological Materials and Structures; 12-14 Wave Propagation in Soft Materials

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to our symposia at the ASME IMECE November 13-19, 2015 in Houston, Texas

Our symposia are:

12-14 Wave Propagation in Soft Materials

12-19 Mechanics of Biological Materials and Structures


We look forward to your presentations at our symposia!


Stephan Rudykh

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13th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics: Call for abstracts

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to contribute an abstarct to the minisimposium 1008 "Modeling Materials with Coupled Physics (thermo- electro- chemo- and magneto-mechanics)"  within the 13th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics (USNCCM13) to be held in San Diego, California, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, July 26-30, 2015.  The deadline is Feb. 15, 2015. Please visit the conference webpage:

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Fellowships for Outstanding Post-doctoral Fellows from China and India

Fellowships for outstanding post-doctoral fellows from China and India are available at the Laboratory for Mechanics of Soft Materials, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. The fellowship funding period will begin in October 2015. The candidate shall be a citizen of China or India. Candidates who have Indian or Chinese citizenships and have completed their doctoral degrees in a leading institution outside of China or India are also eligible to apply for a fellowship.

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Ph.D. position in Mechanics of Advanced Multifunctional Materials - Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Ph.D./Master position in the field of mechanics of materials is available at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. The position starts on Oct. 1, 2014 or soon thereafter. Excellent candidates with deep knowledge in nonlinear elasticity, experience in finite element simulations, and/or with strong experimental background are encouraged to apply. Our group employs a mix of theoty, numerical simulations and experiments combined with 3D printing.

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Wrinkling of Interfacial Layers in Stratified Composites

by Y. Li, N. Kaynia, S. Rudykh and M. C. Boyce  Massachusetts Institute of Technology [img_assist|nid=14796|title=Wrinkling of Interfacial Layers in Stratified Composites|desc=          Wrinkling vs. long-wavelength instability envelope for multi-layered soft composite: Predictive analytical and finite element models are presented to reveal the instability mechanics governing reversible wrinkling of interfacial layers.

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Analysis of microstructural induced enhancement of electromechanical coupling in soft dielectrics

Electroactive soft elastomers require huge electric field for a meaningful actuation. We demonstrate, by means of numerical simulation, that this can be dramatically reduced and large deformations can be achieved with suitably designed heterogeneous actuators. The mechanism by which the enhancement is attained is illustrated with the aid of both idealized and periodic models.

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Instabilities in Magnetoactive Materials

Stability of anisotropic magnetorheological elastomers in finite deformations: A micromechanical approach

Stephan Rudykh and Katia Bertoldi

Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 61 (2013) 949–967


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Snap-through actuation of thick-wall electroactive balloons

Snap-through actuation of thick-wall electroactive balloons

Stephan Rudykh (a), (c), Kaushik Bhattacharya  (c) and Gal deBotton (a), (b)

(a) Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, 84105 Beer-Sheva, Israel

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