Michael A. Scott's picture

Ph.D. positions in Computational Geometry and Mechanics at BYU

Two PhD positions in my research group are immediately available. Both positions involve the design, analysis, and implementation of numerical methods for computer aided design, analysis, and optimization with particular emphasis on complex multiphysics systems.

Candidates applying for a position should have a BS (and, preferably, an MS) in mechanical/civil/aerospace engineering, applied mathematics, computer science, or physics, and the ideal candidate will have a solid background in computational mechanics, computer aided design, and scientific computing including programming experience in C/C++.

Job Opportunity: FEA Analyst at Baxter China

Dear Colleagues,

The engineering analysis group at Baxter Healthcare has an immediate opening for an FEA analyst at the Senior Principal Engineer level. The person will work from the Baxter R&D facility in Suzhou, China, and report to the manager of analysis group in Round Lake, IL.

Enclosed is the job description. Interested candidates please apply at http://lnkd.in/bzHxzsy.

Thank you!

Rui He


= Job Description =


Job Title: Sr Principal Engineer


Simpleware case study - racehorse injury biomechanics

We've just posted a new case study on our website, which focuses on how image-based modelling from CT and processing in Simpleware software can enable better understanding of racehorse joint injuries.



Visit www.simpleware.com to find more case studies and download a free, fully supported 30 day software trial. 

Fatigue of Overhead Electrical Conductors

A new paper on  the OEC fatigue problem: “Determination of Early Failure Sources and Mechanisms for Al 99.7% and Al-Mg-Si Alloy Bare Conductors Used in Aerial Transmission Lines”, by S. Karabay and E. Feyzullahoglu. Paper has been accepted for publication in March 2014 in the “Engineering Failure Analysis” journal. Abstract can be found on-line:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engfailanal.2013.12.002

Angelo Simone's picture

PhD and Post-doc Positions in Computational Modelling of Structural Batteries at TU Delft

Applications are invited for a PhD position (four years) and a post-doctoral position (three years) in the area of computational modelling in the Computational Mechanics of Materials group of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
The successful applicants will work with Dr. Angelo Simone on a project funded by the European Research Council through the ERC Consolidator grant StruBa (Computational Modelling of Structural Batteries). The positions are to commence in June 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

More information on the positions and the application procedure can be found here.

Henry Tan's picture

Journal Club Theme of February 2014: Energy Challenges and Mechanics

Since James Watt, a Scottish inventor, invented the steam engine, human civilization relies more and more on energy supply. The re-rise as an international superpower and the global energy crisis are challenging China and the world. We are at a transitional age. On the one hand, we see the technology advances in exploration and development of oil and gas, a depleting resource; and the growth in handling ageing and decommissioning. On the other hand, we see ideas and plans for new energy structure in the future.

Zhigang Suo's picture

The toughest hydrogel in the world

The class started today.  I'll be teaching fracture mechanics this semester.  I'll be mostly using the class notes I wrote in 2010, but will post updated ones. 

In today's class I covered "Trouble with linear elastic theory of strength."  I have just posted updated notes of the lecture.  The new notes begin with the follwoing paragraphs.

prerakchitnis's picture

Phase-field modelling of crack in fixed grid

In phase field method how one can specify the crack in fixed grid?

In case of finite element method one uses two overlapping nodes to model crack, which nodes separate after crack propagation. In case of phase-field, generally people use fixed grid finite difference method. My question is how the same node point can show two different displacements when crack has passed through it like FEM?

SIMULIA's picture

SIMULIA Community Conference adds Academic Poster Session!

ACADEMICS! It's your chance to shine: Submit a poster to be considered for display at the 2014 SCC. All submissions will receive a FREE t-shirt (while supplies last) :) If chosen, you'll have the chance to see and be seen by top professional in the industry. Good luck!

Follow the link to learn more:

Postdoc position at Ecole Centrale de Nantes in France

A Postdoc position on “Risk-based Selection of Constitutive Models for Geotechnical Analysis” is open at Ecole Centrale de Nantes in France. Fore more details, see the attached pdf file.

Angelo Simone's picture

PhD position in Computational Mechanics at TU Delft

Applications are invited for a PhD position (four years) in the area of computational modelling in the Computational Mechanics of Materials group of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. More information can be found below.


Computational material design and characterization of ceramics for ballistic protection

University: Delft University of Technology
Faculty: Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Level: Master degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 4 years
Salary: €2083 to €2664 per month gross

Davide Bigoni's picture

Can buckling and instability of a structure be affected by Eshelby forces?

Can buckling and instability of a structure be affected by Eshelby forces?  

We provide a positive answer to this question, see http://www.ing.unitn.it/~bigoni/blade.html

blade instability


jkyang's picture

Call for Abstracts: IMECE 2014 Symposium on Phononic Crystals and Metamaterials

Dear Colleague,


We would like to invite you to participate in the Annual Symposium on “Phononic Crystals and Metamaterials” at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Expo (IMECE) to be held in Montreal, Quebec (Nov. 14-20, 2014).

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia


The Department of Mechanical Engineering Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia wish to make an academic appointment in the area of:

  • Solid Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Composite
  • Fluid & Thermal Engineering
  • Renewable Energy
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Material Engineering
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering

We expect the successful candidate to be an enthusiastic lecturer and outstanding researcher who will help mainatin our high levels of education and research.

PhD positions in Computational Science

The Computational Science Research Center at San Diego State University is looking for  talented and motivated applicants for its interdisciplinary master's and Ph.D. program in Computational Science. 

Madhukar Vable's picture

Intermediate Mechanics of Materials Online For Free Viewing

I recently posted a free, online, and
condensed version of my book Intermediate Mechanics of Materials, Second
Edition. It is posted on my  website madhuvable.org
and can be used for reference or by self-learners. In addition to the
online book, there is a glossary of mechanics terms, brief reviews of
Statics, Matrix Algebra, Numerical Methods, and Mechanics of Materials.

This complements my earlier free-online book Introduction to Mechanics of Materials posted on this link .

Stephane Bordas's picture

LMS PhD position open on the isogeometric boundary element method


BATWOMAN (Basic Acoustics Training - & Workprogram On
Methodologies for Acoustics - Network) is the Initial Training Network
(ITN) No. 605867, funded under the FP7 Marie Curie programme of
the EC. Duration: Sep. 1, 2013 - Aug. 31, 2017.

tongqing.lu's picture

Charge localization instability in a highly deformable dielectric elastomer

A highly deformable capacitor made of a soft dielectric and two conformal

electrodes can switch between two states discontinuously, by a first-order transition, as the total

charge varies gradually. When the total charge is small, it spreads evenly over the area of the

capacitor, and the capacitor deforms homogeneously. When the total charge is large, it localizes in

a small region of the capacitor, and this region thins down preferentially. The capacitor will

survive the localization without electrical breakdown if the area of the electrode is small. Such a

bistable system may lead to useful devices.


Zhigang Suo's picture

Massvolume vs. Spacetime

Apples and oranges. Each element in a set is a pile containing some number of apples and some number of oranges.  Adding two piles means putting them together, resulting in a pile in the set. Multiplying a pile and a real number r means finding in the set a pile r times the amount.  We model each pile as a vector, and the set as a two-dimensional vector space over the field of real numbers.

A vector represents different objects as a single entity. A pile containing some number of apples and some number of oranges is a vector. The addition of two vectors does not require us to add apples and oranges.  Rather, in adding two piles, we add apples to apples, and oranges to oranges.  The addition of vectors generalizes the addition of numbers:  adding two vectors corresponds to adding two lists of numbers in parallel.

Robert Lipton's picture

Dynamic Brittle Fracture as a Small Horizon Limit of Peridynamics

Overview: The peridynamic formulation is a
spatially nonlocal derivative free model for simulating problems of free crack
propagation.Material points interact through short-range forces and the
formulation allows for discontinuous deformations. Here the short-range forces
are initially elastic and soften beyond a critical relative displacement. We
upscale this peridynamic model to find the macroscopic (a.k.a. small horizon)
limit. It is shown that the limiting macroscopic evolution has bounded energy
given by the bulk and surface energies of brittle fracture mechanics. The
macroscopic evolution corresponds to the simultaneous evolution
of the fracture surface and linear elastic displacement away from the crack

Pradeep Sharma's picture

Liping Liu is the recepient of the 2013 Eshelby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty

It gives me great pleasure to announce the outcome of the 2013 competition for the Eshelby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty. This award is given annually to rapidly emerging junior faculty who exemplify the creative use and development of mechanics. The intent of the award is to promote the field of mechanics, especially among young researchers. The selection committee consisted of: K. Ravi-chandar (UT Austin), Huajian Gao (Brown University), Kaushik Bhattacharya (Caltech), Roger Fosdick (Minnesota University), and Yonggang Huang (Northwestern University).

The award consists of $ 1500 cash and a commemorative plaque. The receipients are honored at the ASME Applied Mechanics Banquet.

Full time PhD scholarship at RMIT University, Australia: Mechanics of Nanocomposites

PhD scholarship is immediately available at the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, RMIT University, Australia. Applications are invited for two open positions in one of the following areas: (1) Mechanics of nanotubes and graphene; (2) Multiscale simulation of functionally graded or nanotubes/graphene reinforced composites; (3) Thermal buckling and post-buckling of composite structures. The research work is supported by Australian Research Council under Discovery Projects scheme.


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