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Elastic stress driven rafting

During solid-solid phase transformations elastic stresses arise due to a difference in lattice parameters between the constituent phases. These stresses have a strong influence on the resultant microstructure and its evolution; more specifically, if there be externally applied stresses, the interaction between the applied and the transformation stresses can lead to rafting.

John W. Backus, the developer of Fortran, died

Backus died recently.  This New York Times article reminds us of why Fortran was such a great innovation. 

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Definition of a new predictor for multiaxial fatigue crack nucleation in rubber

From an engineering point of view, prediction of fatigue crack nucleation in automotive rubber parts is an essential prerequisite for the design of new components. We have derived a new predictor for fatigue crack nucleation in rubber. It is motivated by microscopic mechanisms induced by fatigue and developed in the framework of Configurational Mechanics. As the occurrence of macroscopic fatigue cracks is the consequence of the growth of pre-existing microscopic defects, the energy release rate of these flaws need to be quantified. It is shown that this microstructural evolution is governed by the smallest eigenvalue of the configurational (Eshelby) stress tensor. Indeed, this quantity appears to be a relevant multiaxial fatigue predictor under proportional loading conditions. Then, its generalization to non-proportional multiaxial fatigue problems is derived. Results show that the present predictor, which covers the previously published predictors, is capable to unify multiaxial fatigue data.

Zhigang Suo's picture

Homework on finite deformation

To the students of ES 241:

Although finite deformation was introduced in ES 240 (Solid Mechanics), finite deformation is a building block of ES 241. To review the subject, please go over a set of problems compiled by Jim Rice. If you need a reference, see my outline of finite deformation, where you can also find a short list of textbooks.

On the crack growth resistance of shape memory alloys

With the increasing use of shape memory alloys in recent years, it is important to investigate the effect of cracks. Theoretically, the stress field near the crack tip is unbounded. Hence, a stress-induced transformation occurs, and the martensite phase is expected to appear in the neighborhood of the crack tip, from the very first loading step. In that case, the crack tip region is not governed by the far field stress, but rather by the crack tip stress field. This behavior implies transformation toughening or softening.

Arash_Yavari's picture

On the geometric character of stress in continuum mechanics

This paper shows that the stress field in the classical theory of continuum mechanics
may be taken to be a covector-valued differential two-form. The balance laws and other funda-
mental laws of continuum mechanics may be neatly rewritten in terms of this geometric stress. A

Zhigang Suo's picture

Homework problems 14-19

This set of homework is on mixed mode fracture and interfacial fracture

Andrew Norris's picture

Free access to Computational Mechanics back to Vol 1 - but only 'til end of month.

Springer - in an attempt to get customers I suppose - are offering free access to the journal Computational Mechanics, but only for March 2007.

You can access all articles in Computational Mechanics back to vol 1/1, e.g. the first article

E. Reissner
Some aspects of the variational principles problem in elasticity
Volume 1, Issue - 1, First Page - 3, Last Page - 9
DOI - 10.1007/BF00298634
Link -

To get the free access (for the rest of March) go to

Lecture 11 & 12

Buckling delamination, with two slides on 1D vonKarman plates.

Zhigang Suo's picture

The comings and goings in a cell

Update 23 March 2007.  This wonderful educational video has now been removed from YouTube because it violates copyright.  What a pity!

Andre of Biocurious has just pointed out this terrific animation of the dynamics inside a cell. It brings many pages of textbook to life. Delightful. I've just followed Teng Li's instruction to embed the YouTube video below.

Rashid K. Abu Al-Rub's picture

Dr. Stelios Kyriakides’ election to the United States National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Stelios KyriakidesPlease joint me in congratulating Dr. Stelios Kyriakides’ (Editor of International Journal of Solids and Structures) for his election to the United States National Academy of Engineering.

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Computational Cancer Mechanics

Since Dec. 2006, Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) has set up a biophysics research team that comprises research scientists in the fields of biophysics, solid mechanics and fluid mechanics, and has kicked off the "Computational Cancer Mechanics" project.

What's wrong with the way we learn Applied Mechanics?

I was reading professor Zhigang Suo's post titled "What's Wrong with Applied Mechanics", thinking about the large amount of knowledge available. There are so many applications of mechanics that they seem endless in any subfield that one can think of. It made me recall some homework problems that wanted to include real life applications. However, real life applications tend to turn out much more complicated than what can be covered in one homework problem.

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Mesh free methods - literature

Hi all!!

Where can I get literature on Mesh free methods (basics)?

I am suggested Dr. Liu's book.

Please suggest me some more good literature (some web sites, text books etc), assuming that I am zero in mesh free methods.

Henry Tan's picture

Quiz: Precipitation Hardening of Aluminum Alloys

Quiz: Precipitation Hardening of Aluminum Alloys

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Experiment 4: Precipitation Hardening of Aluminum Alloys

The strength and hardness of some metal alloys may be enhanced by the formation of extremely small
uniformly dispersed particles of a second phase within the original phase matrix; this must be accomplished
by appropriate heat treatment.

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Quiz: Mechanical Testing- Tensile Testing

Quiz: Mechanical Testing- Tensile Testing

Return back to experimental course: Materials of Engineering Laboratory

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Experiment 3: Mechanical Testing- Tensile Testing

The mechanical properties of a material are directly related to the response of the material when it's subjected to mechanical stresses. Since characteristic phenomena or behavior occur at discrete engineering stress and strain levels, the basic mechanical properties of a material are found by determining the stresses and corresponding strains for various critical occurrences.

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How to read new comments at a glance?

As the number of comments increases rapidly, how can anyone keep up? One answer is to use a RSS reader. The service is free, and takes 5 minutes to set up. It allows you to see all new comments at a glance, without clicking on individual ones. Once you have set up your Google Reader, paste the URL for the feed of comments crss

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Quiz: Mechanical Testing- Impact & Hardness Testing

Quiz: Mechanical Testing- Impact & Hardness Testing

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Henry Tan's picture

Experiment 2: Mechanical Testing- Impact & Hardness Testing

The mechanical properties of materials are ascertained by performing carefully designed laboratory experiments that replicate, as nearly as practical, the service conditions.

Nanshu Lu's picture

Free SGTE Alloy Phase Diagrams online

SGTE Alloy Phase Diagrams

In case some of you don't know. Enjoy

BTW, SGTE stands for Scientific Group Thermodata Europe

Henry Tan's picture

Experiment 1: Crystal Structure: X - Ray Diffraction

The X-Ray diffraction technique is used to determine the crystal structure and interatomic spacing of crystallinesamples through constructive interference of reflected x-ray beams.

Bragg's Law and X-Ray diffraction data, in combination with the expressions for interatomic spacing in terms of the lattice parameter and Miller indices for acrystal, can be utilized to identify crystal structures, determine lattice constants, and locate defects within astructure.

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materials of engineering laboratory

In the spring semester of 2002, Dr. Woldesenbet and I gave a hand-on laboratory course: Materials of Engineering Laboratory, to the junior undergraduate students at the Louisiana State University. In this Blog, I am also adding some state-of-the-art techniques for materials laboratory.

Class schedule: 


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