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Micromechanical Exfoliation and Graphene: 1999 papers and brief discussion of them

The discovery of a new material type, graphene and extremely thin platelets of graphite, was discussed in several articles from my research group published in 1999:

Lu XK, Huang H, Nemchuk N, and Ruoff RS, Patterning of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite by oxygen plasma etching, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 75, 193-195 (1999).

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A good beginning of 2007

In the very beginning of 2007 I have four papers published or accepted (one is independent research and others are collaborated). All of them are the work done in my doctoral period. The topic is focusing on the enhancement of creep resistance of polymers by incorporating of nanofillers including particles and CNTs.

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an interesting puzzle: multiscale mechanics

an interesting puzzle for fun:

Lame’s classical solution for an elastic 2D plate, with a hole of radius a and uniform tensile stress applied at the far field, gives a stress concentration factor (SCF) of two at the edge of the hole. This SCF=2 is independent of the hole radius.

Consider what happened to this concentration factor if the radius a approaches infinitely small. The SCF is independent of a, so it remains equal to two even when the hole disappears.

Three-dimensional anisotropic elasticity - an extended Stroh formalism

Tom Ting and I have recently developed a method of extending Stroh's anisotropic formalism to problems in three dimensions. The unproofed paper can be accessed at .

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Quasi-continuum orbital-free density-functional theory : A route to multi-million atom electronic structure (DFT) calculation

I would like to share the research work I have been pursuing over the past four years. I believe, through this forum, I will be able to reach researchers with various backgrounds and expertise. Suggestions and comments from members will be very useful. I am also attaching links to preprints of manuscripts describing this work. Please follow these links:

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Multi-Axial Failure Models for Fiber-Reinforced Composites

The increasing use of fiber-reinforced composites accentuates the need for developing multi-axial fatigue failure models for these materials. In this article (attached), we proposed several multiaxial fatigue failure models for fiber-reinforced composites considering the contribution of mean and cyclic normal stress/strain and shear stress/strain at the plane of failure and examined their capability for predicting the fatigue life of the E-glass/epoxy composite materials.

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Lecture 9 Interfacial fracture

  • Williams singularity
  • Energy release rate
  • Mode angle
  • Stress oscillation
  • Small scale contact
  • Example 1:  A small crack on the interface
  • Example 2:  Thin film debonding
  • Interfacial fracture energy
  • Four-point bend specimen
  • Double-cantilever beam
  • The use of the interfacial fracture energy
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Computational or Analytical?

Computational or Analytical? 

Once you can describe a problem analytically, you should be able to solve the problem straightforward. Moreover, bookkeeping of the related variables is rather easy, enabling you to model your problem in an rather easy fashion. (During my undergraduate courses, I used to check my assignents by Excel). However, implementing such a strategy in software involves a certain amount of problem directed programming - i.e. your code may be valid for a given problem only.

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Which phenomenological flow stress model is the best?

A couple of years ago a colleague who wanted to simulate high-speed machining asked me: " Which is the best phenomenological flow stress model for metals?" I wasn't able to give an answer right away and decided to look in the literature.

What I found was, every ten years or so, a new model appears in the literature that tries to solve some of the problems of older models. However, a clear ranking of models has not been established yet.

ES 242r personal agenda

I am working on my PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Neb. and have enrolled inES 242r because failure modes of many orthopedic implants can be attributed to initial flaws & fractures of material coatings.  This course, albeit, focuses on ductile materials, the principles seem relevant.

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Lecture 8 Mixed mode fracture

Dear Students of ES 242r / ENGM 940:

You may be interested in reading about the self-introductions of your fellow students

The attached notes are written mainly for myself. Most figures are missing. I'll draw these figures in class. So please take good notes in class.

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Class Lectures with PowerPoint

I am pretty new to having a class that is fully powerpoint presentations and am wondering how everyone else is coping with it. Does anyone have any pointers or useful ways they keep notes in powerpoint classes? Printing the notes before hand? Anotating directly on the notes? Having a seperate notebook for notes and seperate handouts of presentation, etc etc?

eXtended Finite Element Method: Short Course Notes

I taught a short course some time ago on the eXtended Finite Element Method, and thought many people would find the notes useful.  

So I've posted them here, in .mov format (as exported with the Apple software keynote).  The advantage of this format is that, when you click on one of the .mov files, it should open a separate browser.  Clicking in the window will advance the slide. This way you see all the movies, etc, as well as the sequence as it appears when I gave the talk.  There is a way to add audio to this format as well - something I may pursue in the future.  

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Mesh free method for Fracture mechanics!


I am Nguyen V.C, Graduated student in Japan, my research is Freemesh method for Fracture mechanics. I am very like to find the path of crack and also apply some comercial softwares to solve this problem.

Second XFEM short course, July 2007, Lausanne, Switzerland

After the success of the course in 2005 (45 participants from 15 countries), the EPFL school of continuing education presents the second XFEM course.

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NYT Article "The Ultimate Distance Learning"

I stumbled on this article in the NY Times "The Ultimate Distance Learning" (free registration required to view) about the establishment of University distance learning activities within the Second Life online community.

Helpful Math for Continuum Mechanics

If you would like a copy of my lecture notes (on matrix algebra, indicial notation, vectors, tensors, vector calculus, groups, curvilinear coordinates and calculus of variations) they are available at

Homework Q1

I am a PhD student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. I obtained MS in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where my thesis was focused on numerical simulation of elastic wave propagation in polycrystalline material, and Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical from Pune University, India. At present I am working with Dr. Joseph A. Turner in the Ultrasonics and Vibration group. My research is primarily focused on the ultrasonic wave propagation in heterogeneous media using statistical approaches. My research has both theoretical/numerical and experimental aspects for materials characterization and nondestructive testing purposes.

Karla Polivka's Self Introduction

Hi my name is Karla Polivka. I am working part-time on my PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). What I mean by part-time is that I have been taking one class a semester for the last 5 semesters. I also received my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from UNL.


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