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PhD Position in "Mechanics and Manufacturing of Composites" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Applications are invited for a PhD position in Mechanics and Manufacturing of Composites in the Department of Civil & Env. Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in solid mechanics, finite element analysis and computer programming. Prior knowledge of polymeric composites and manufacturing will be advantageous. The position will start in Fall 2017.

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Fellowships (3 year) available in computational mechanics of composite materials

Expressions of interest are invited for applicants interested in applying for a 3 year post-doctoral fellowship in the area of computational mechanics of composite materials.

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Shape formation of helical ribbons induced by material anisotropy

Helices are ubiquitous building blocks in natural and engineered systems. Previous studies showed that helical ribbon morphology can result from anisotropic driving forces and geometric misorientation between the principal axes of the driving forces and the geometric axes. However, helical ribbon shapes induced by elastic modulus anisotropy have not been systematically examined even though most natural and engineered structures are made of composite materials with anisotropic mechanical properties.

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PhD position in mechano-chemical organisation in single cells @UPC, Barcelona.

We have an open PhD position to study the mechano-chemical organisation of cells from a physical and mathematical point of view. Individually or collectively, cells move due to mechanical and chemical gradients and doing so they self-organise in very specific forms. Understanding the physical laws under mechano-chemical gradients can head to establish new protocols in the control of cell structures. The final goal of the project is to manipulate cells so that the morphology of cell structures can be predicted, e.g. in biological-based prosthesis.

PhD position "Microscale matrix and interfacial properties of fibre-reinforced composites" at Weizmann Institute of Science

Our partner Weizmann Institute Science in Israel is currently trying to fill a PhD position for the FiBreMoD project. The title of the PhD project is "Microscale matrix and interfacial properties of fibre-reinforced composites", and will be supervised by Prof. Daniel Wagner. If you are an enthusiastic and motivated candidate with a background in Materials Science, Composites, Mechanics, or Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, then you should consider applying.

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2017 ASME Congress invitation-Dynamic failure of advanced materials

Dr. Jun Xu and I organize  one topic on “Dynamic failure of advanced materials (fatigue failure is included also)” for 2017 ASME Congress. Our keynote speakers include a senior program manager of US Office of Naval Research and a distinguished researcher of US Army Research Laboratory. We would invite you (also your colleagues  and group members)  to submit a short abstract before ASME’s deadline March 6. More details below: 

Meet Simpleware at ORS 2017, San Diego, Mar 19-22

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The ORS Annual Meeting is the premier international meeting in the field of orthopaedics and musculoskeletal research, and is a major forum for engineers, orthopaedic surgeons, clinicians and biologists to discuss the most innovative and cutting-edge research in this area. Many advancements being realized today for the treatment of orthopaedic patients was at one time presented at the ORS Annual Meeting as an innovative idea.

Simpleware at ORS 2017

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Call for Abstracts: Symposium on Phononic Crystals and Metamaterials, IMECE 2017, Tampa, Florida (Nov. 3-9, 2017)

The Noise Control and Acoustics Division (NCAD) is sponsoring the 2017 Symposium on Phononic Crystals and Metamaterials.  This symposium, which will be in its 13th year, will feature presentations covering all aspects of phononic crystals and acoustic/elastic/phononic metamaterials.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: March 6, 2017

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Post-Doc Position Available in Fracture Mechanics

This is a 9 months post-doc position on modelling crack problems at Portsmouth University (UK). 

What's the difference between Cohesive Zone Model and Joints Element in discrete element method?

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I am a PhD student working on rock mechanics. I have studied Cohesive Method for a few times. But I am confused on What the special functions the Cohesive element have compared with Discrete method? 

For one DEM software UDEC, model is consisted of solid elements and joints elements. What's the difference between Cohesive element and Goodman element?

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PhD Candidate Positions in Composite Materials and Structures at Leibniz Universität Hannover

At Leibniz Universität Hannover, Institute of Structural Analysis, several PhD candidate positions in the field of analysis of composite materials and structures are available (Coupling manufacturing simulation and structural analysis with application to rotor blade components,  Coupled aero-structural analysis of wind turbine rotor blades with morphing trailing edge, Virtual development of nanoparticle-reinforced composite materials).  

Research Fellow (PhD) position in ISRO funded project

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has funded a 2 year project to BITS Pilani (Goa and Hyderabad campuses). The simulation project will model atomistic fracture in amorphous silica, with application to the Thermal Protection System (TPS) of the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV).

Details of application are mentioned in the attachment.

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Input-output economics

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3D inverse design method for development of centrifugal pumps

Grundfos are one of the world’s leading pump manufacturers for circulators, heating and air-conditioning as well as other centrifugal pumps. They have been a pioneer in utilizing computer aided engineering (CAE) in their design, development and manufacturing process for pumps and motors.

Ballistic impact simulation of composite targets in AUTODYN?

In general we use Johnson-Cook model for bullet, which accounts for strain-rate effects, while for the target (Composites), the we use orthotropic constitutive model. Does it mean that strain-rate effects are not important for composites? The Johnson-Cook model cannot be readily used for composites. How does the AUTODYN considers strain rate effects for composites in ballistic impact simulations? 

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DEADLINE for abstracts: 28 Feb. 2017 -- USNCCM14, Montreal, Canada

Dear Colleagues,

14th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics (USNCCM14) will be held in Montreal, Canada,  17 – 20 July, 2017. As part of this meeting, we are organizing a symposium (MS710) to bring together experts in modelling, simulation, manufacturing and experimental investigation in the field of soft materials to present and discuss recent advances. Topics of particular interest include (but not limited to)

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Sandia Fracture Challenge Update

Supplemental information for the third Sandia Fracture Challenge (SFC) is now available!  We have compiled the supplemental information promised in the original information packet and some additional information based on questions we received from participants.  The supplemental information includes electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) data on the Challenge geometry, additional base material tests, raw DIC images and examples of DIC analyses of base material tests, and additional boundary condition information.

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Special issue on "Frontiers of Mechanical Metamaterials" in Extreme Mechanics Letters

The journal Extreme Mechanics Letters has just published a special issue on "Frontiers of Mechanical Metamaterials" featuring 14 articles. The papers "provide an ensemble of some of the most recent research themes in the field, focusing on 'extreme’ behavior in acoustic and elastic waves, mechanical response, and thermoelasticity." The editorial for the special issue is attached.

Simpleware Workshops: Denmark and Sweden (March 15th-16th 2017)

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 Join us at the Technical University of Denmark on March 15th, and in Gothenburg on March 16th, for free workshops introducing how to use Simpleware software for 3D image data visualisation, analysis and model generation.

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Bigoni's group gets the 4th cover on Proc Roy Soc for Leonardo catapults

The top italian engineer Davide Bigoni gets his 4th cover in Proc. Roy. Soc. A in just 18 months 

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