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ICMOBT 2015 - Abstract deadline reminder!

This is just a reminder that the deadline for submitting your abstract to the ICMOBT Conference is now only a month away.
Submit your abstract NOW!

Oral and poster abstracts are invited on the following topics and should be submitted using the online abstract submission system by 26 June 2015. For a more detailed list of topics, please check the conference website.

1. Biological Materials
2. Biomaterials
3. Bioinspired Materials

Finding element number corresponding to Fastener in a set in Abaqus

I have a model in which I used fasteners to find bolt forces. I created fastener sets and requested output by changing Domain to "Fastener" and selecting the set that contains Fasteners.
The problem now is, I'm not sure which force corresponds to particular bolt.

Introduction to Simpleware, University of Toronto, June 3

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Time: 9:30 - 11:00 am 

Location: Room GB117, Galbraith Building, University of Toronto, 35 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

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RSS- -Cost-Efficient Open Source Desktop Size Radial Stretching System With Force Sensor

The rapid and efficient development of soft active materials requires readily available, compact testing equipment. We propose a desktop-sized, cost-efficient, and open source radial stretching system as an alternative to commercially available biaxial and uniaxial stretching devices. It allows for doubling the diameter of an elastomer membrane while measuring the applied force. Our development enables significant cost reduction (<300 €) and increase the availability of equibiaxial deformation measurements for scientific material analysis.

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Available PhD position in material science at LSPM - Paris, france

Multi-Components Refractory Metallic Alloys with a High Mixing Entropy: Formulation, Microstructural Evolution and Behavior under large Deformation

Fracture Symposium at the SES Annual Technical Conference

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce a mini-symposium on Fracture Mechanics at the 52nd Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science, to be held at the Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, October 26-28, 2015.

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Faculty Positions in School of Mechanics and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University(西南交通大学力学与工程学院), Chengdu, China

School of Mechanics and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University (西南交通大学力学与工程学院) has always paid great attention to the development of its faculty group. We are actively recruiting talents in all fields of mechanics, including (in order of priority) Fluid Mechanics,Dynamics and Control,Solid Mechanics and other related fields.

1. A Ph.D. in Mechanics, Material, Mechanical Engineering or related field.
2. A good record of publications.
3. Strong verbal and written communication skills.

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2015 IIMEC Summer School on Advanced Material Systems: Experimentation and Modeling

On behalf of the International Institute for Multifunctional Materials for Energy Conversion (IIMEC) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, we would like to announce a summer school on Advanced Material Systems: Experimentation and Modeling. The summer school will be held from July 13–18, 2015 on the Aristotle University campus in Thessaloniki, Greece. 

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A modified two-mode phase-field crystal model applied to face-centered cubic and body-centered cubic orderings

In this work, we present a modified two-mode phase-field crystal (PFC) model for nano-structural evolution of materials. The model is used to study both the face-centered cubic (FCC) and body-centered cubic (BCC) orderings, as well as the solid–liquid coexisting phenomenon. This two-mode PFC model incorporates three parameters in its formulation and damps out the dynamics of the system, except near the first two critical wavelengths.

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Dental implants: facts one should know

The sad news is that a large percentage of implants contain cracks which have the potential of causing fracture after fatigue growth. This is the outcome of the present study in which a 100 implants were examined, all apparently intact, having been extracted for various reasons, most likely biological but definitely not mechanical.

It seems that the whole field of dental implants, which is growing very fast, needs a serious mechanical re-assessment, from the design stage all the way up to surface roughening.

Comments are welcome

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How to compile an UMAT wrote in C/C++?


Does anyone know how to compiler an umat in c/c++ for abaqus under windows system?

The Umat wrote in fortran works well, but I do prefer using c/c++ to make program.

I have installed visual studio 2010 c++, intel fortran.


Or is it possible to use c/c++ for umat?


Thanks in advance.

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Piezoresistivity of Ag NWs-PDMS nanocomposite

In this work, we developed a conductive silver nanowire (AgNW)-PDMS composite thin film for a flexible strain sensing application. The piezoresistivity of AgNWs-PDMS nanocomposite thin film was experimentally investigated and analyzed by a computational model. The strain sensor shows a strong piezoresistivity with an average gauge factor in the ranges of 1.6 to 14 and a high stretchability up to 70 %. We found excellent agreement between our experiment and simulation results.

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Carbon Nanotubes-Ecoflex Nanocomposite for Strain Sensing With Ultra-High Stretchability

We developed highly stretchable, flexible and very soft conductors based on the carbon nanotubes (CNTs)-silicone rubber (Ecoflex®) nanocomposite thin films. The resistance of the CNTs-Ecoflex nanocomposite thin film was recovered to its original value under cyclic loading/unloading for strains as large as 510%. Failure strain of the CNTs-Ecoflex nanocomposite was measured to be about ~ 1380% showing its ultra-high stretchability and robustness. As an application of our highly stretchable conductors, we utilized them as skin-mountable and wearable strain sensors for human motion detection.

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Flexible and Sensitive Foot Pad for Sole Distributed Force Detection

In this work, we develop high flexible and compressible porous PDMS structures by using sugar cubes as templates. Force sensitive resistor (FSR) sensors were fabricated by the filtration of the CNT solution inside the porous structure of PDMS. We found that sufficient acid treatment can increase the adhesion between CNTs and PDMS. FSR sensors respond the applied pressure and compressive strains by high linearity (R2>0.97) and sensitivity (GFs>2) with a reliable manner.

Simpleware Animations Contest

Send us your image data and be in with the chance of winning a free animated video and a 3D printed model

How to Enter

Send us your image data and a quick description, and we will pick the best entry. A video will be produced that can be used to communicate your complex 3D models in presentations, or to simply show off your scans to colleagues.

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FLUID-STRUCTURE INTERACTION PhD studentship at URV, Tarragona, Spain

The Laboratory for Fluid-Structure Interaction (LIFE) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) ( in Tarragona (Spain), is looking for an enthusiastic research student with a strong interest in fluid dynamics. Successful candidates will join a small but very active multidisciplinary team, working in fluid-structure interaction problems.

PhD Position in Atomistic Simulations / Computational Nanomechanics

The Institute for General Material Properties of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is seeking an outstanding PhD candidate to participate in a research-training group on in-situ microscopy on nanoscale objects.


Modeling Materials Short Course in Erlangen, Germany



Five-day short course on the fundamentals of continuum, atomistic and multiscale modeling of materials.


Prof. Ellad B. Tadmor (U. Minnesota, USA) and Prof. Ronald E. Miller (Carleton University, Canada).


Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU), Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany


Introduction to Simpleware, CEA Grenoble, June 10, 2015

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Time: 1:00 - 6:00 pm 

Location: Amphithéâtre Accueil du CEA Grenoble (Entrée 1 / Bâtiment A2 / Pièce 205) - Pôlygone Scientifique - 17, rue des Martyrs – GRENOBLE

Title: Effect of Hygrothermal Aging on the Mechanical Properties of Fluorinated and Nonfluorinated Clay-Epoxy Nanocomposites

Polymers absorb moisture due to their hydrophilicity. Absorption of moisture changes the functional, mechanical and chemical properties of the polymer. Since polymer based materials are being increasingly used for structural applications, its only fitting to investigate how moisture absorption translates to mechanical property change. This experimental study investigated the effect of moisture absorption on the mechanical properties of epoxy polymers and their clay nanocomposites. Previous research studies reported that the high aspect ratio of clay slowed down the absorption rate.

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PhD position in Mechanics of High Performance (bio)Materials

Our Group of High Performance Materials in Enviormental & Civil Engineering Department at Michigan State University has an openings for PhD positions to work on Multiscale Modeling of Soft Materials starting Spring 2016.



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