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Postdoctoral Fellow Position, Mechanics of Materials, University of New South Wales, Australia


There is an opening for a postdoctoral fellow in Professor Jay Kruzic’s group at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), in Sydney, Australia.  The initial term will be one year, with the potential to extend the appointment for 2-3 years based on performance and availability of funding. 

Key duties:

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Soft mobile robots driven by foldable dielectric elastomer actuators

A cantilever beam with elastic hinge pulled antagonistically by two dielectric elastomer (DE) membranes in tension forms a foldable actuator if one DE membrane is subject to a voltage and releases part of tension. Simply placing parallel rigid bars on the prestressed DE membranes results in enhanced actuators working in pure shear state. We report design, analysis, fabrication and experiment of soft mobile robots that are moved by such foldable DE actuators.

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Ph.D./M.Sc. openings at the University of Calgary, Computational Fluid & Structural Mechanics

Please see the Website for more details.

Several Ph.D./M.Sc. positions available at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada), Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering at the Computational Fluid & Structural Mechanics (CFSM) group of professor Artem Korobenko.

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Faculty positions in MEAM at the University of Pennsylvania

The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania is growing its faculty by 33% over a five-year period. As part of this initiative, the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics is engaged in an aggressive, multi-year hiring effort for multiple tenure-track positions at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor levels.

Hydrostatic Stress in ABAQUS

Hi everyone,

In ABAQUS, is pressure output same thing as hydrostatic stress?


Post-Doc position within the International Research Training Group "Integrated Engineering of continuous-discontinuous long fiber reinforced polymer structures” (DFG GRK 2078)

The international research training group "Integrated Engineering of continuous-discontinuous long fiber reinforced polymer structures” offers one post-doc position at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Discontinuous long fiber reinforced polymer structures with local continuous fiber reinforcements represent an important class of lightweight materials. This class of materials has a significant potential for energy savings due to the high specific stiffness and strength as well as the variety of design options in diverse technical applications, e.g., in vehicle construction.

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Tuning of a piezoelectric vibration absorber attached to a damped structure

Tuning of a piezoelectric vibration absorber attached to a damped structure

By : Payam Soltani, Gaetan Kerschen, Gilles Tondreau, Arnaud Deraemaeker


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Defining perioidc BC for 1 element elastic model for Biaxial pull in ABAQUS

For simplicity in understanding Perioidic BC in ABAQUS, I am trying to implement in a single element elastic model.

Material is elastic. There are two reference points defined Refpoint 1 for x-direction pull and Refpoint 2 for y-direction pull. Please find the attached picture for clarity in the model.


I have defined the equations for PBC in ABAQUS as below:











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Recipients of 2016 Extreme Mechanics Letters (EML) Young Investigator Award

I am pleased to announce that Prof. Robert Shepherd from Cornell University and Prof. Kejie Zhao from Purdue University have been voted by the award committee as the recipients of the 2016 EML Young Investigator Award.

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Elastic Microplane Formulation for Transversely Isotropic Materials

Our recent work investigates the extension of the microplane formulation to the description of transversely isotropic materials such as shale rock, foams, unidirectional composites, and ceramics. Two possible approaches are considered: 1) the spectral decomposition of the stiffness tensor to define the microplane constitutive laws in terms of energetically orthogonal eigenstrains and eigenstresses; and 2) the definition of orientation-dependent microplane elastic moduli.

Microstructure modeling of random composites with cylindrical inclusions having high volume fraction and broad aspect ratio distribution

We proposed a computational methodology for generating microstructure models of random composites with cylindrical or sphero-cylindrical inclusions having high volume fraction and broad aspect ratio distribution. The proposed methodology couples the random sequential adsorption (RSA) algorithm and dynamic finite element (FE) simulations. It uses RSA to generate sparse inclusion assemblies of low volume fraction and subsequently utilizes dynamic FE simulation for inclusion packing to achieve high volume fractions.

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Open ended PhD opportunity at Cranfield University for the UK/EU students

Hi there, 

I have got an opening to work towards a PhD degree in the topic of your choosy (the opportunity is funded) as long as it lies in the area of mechanics and as long as you are a UK/ EU national.

Alternatively, I have a range of topic to suggest. Please get back to me if you wish to grab this golden opportunity.

The guaranteed tax free montly stipend is about 17,000 GBP per annum. Anything on top will be a bonus based on the merit.


Saurav Goel



5-Year Career Development Fellowship at Oxford

5-Year Career Development Fellowship (CDF) at Balliol College in the University of Oxford. Closes: 12th October 2016. Details below:

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Doctorate of Engineering (DE) student positions is available for Spring/Summer 2017

A Doctorate of Engineering (DE) student position is available for Spring/Summer 2017 in Mechanical Engineering. The applicants are required to be specialized in solid mechanics and be well-familier with finite element methods. The positions involves multi-scale modeling of friction at high temperature and are directed by Multiscale Contact Mechanics and Tribology Laboratory at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX, USA.

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2 Ph.D Positions in TU Darmstadt (Germany)

Ph.D Position 1: viscoelastic and electromechanical behavior of porous ferroelectrets

 At the Division of Mechanics of Functional Materials in the institute of Materials Science, TU Darmstadt a Ph.D position is to be filled as soon as possible. The position is scheduled for three years.

 Tasks and Opportunities

Postdoctoral Researcher: Mechanical Modeling of Composite Structures at National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Postdoctoral Researcher: Mechanical Modeling of Composite Structures

Location: CO - Golden

Position Type: Postdoc (Fixed Term)

Hours Per Week: 40


Job Summary


Hi everyone,

What values should be used for the four items below for steel material fracture in ABAQUS: 

1) Fracture Strain ?

2) Stress Triaxiality

3) Strain Rate

4) Displacement at Failure


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SES2016: Banquet plenary speaker announced

Dear Colleagues, 

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mihail C. Roco of National Science Foundation and National Nanotechnology Initiative will be the SES2016 banquet plenary speaker. 

Nanotechnology and Other Grand Challenges in the United States

Mihail C. Roco

Simpleware 2016.09 Webinar, Sep 20th and 21st 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016: 5:00 PM UK (USA: 9:00 AM PDT, 12:00 PM EDT)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016: 8:00 AM UK (Europe: 9:00 AM - Tokyo: 4:00 PM - Sydney: 5:00 PM)

Is machine learning a research priority now in mechanics?

Hi all,

I  know that the study and application of machine learning/artificial intelligence are somehow popular nowadays, in a general academia. I happen to be interested in that. I found people use this tool to predict crystal structure in material science, to characterize molecule structure in chemistry. The first impression is that the machanince learning helps to deal with the raw data, to constitute empirical models etc. However, there are not as many published works as I imagine, on the application of machine learning in mechanics.

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Is there any way to assign element based surface for 2D shell element??

I am trying to simulate 2D metal cutting simulation using surface to surface contact in dynamic explicit model. But what I am seeing is.. there is no contact between workpiece surface with failed element (i.e. Chips) which reduces the force value during simulation.

In 3D simulation for 3D stress element (C3D8R), I can do element based surface by editing the input file. Is there any such way in 2D shell element (say CPE4R) also? Please help

Senior Structural simulation engineer with management skills, Robert Bosch

Position Title: Senior structural simulation engineer with management skills
Location: Bosch Viet Nam
No of open positions: 1, only applicable for Vietnamese or anyone who are having working permit to be able to work in Vietnam

Contact Manager: Khuong Anh Dung,

 Perform FEA simulations for mechanical products
 Responsible for the high quality project deliverables on-time
 Owning the responsibility of projects/tasks/process assigned
 Mentor and guide junior engineers


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