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Practical Application of the Stochastic Finite Element Method

If you're interested in stochastic finite element analysis, you might like to know that we've just published a paper that reviews the "practical" application of the method. The paper first outlines the main methods of incorporating uncertainty into engineering computations. It then presents "practical" examples across a range of disciplines of where these methods have been used.

We hope that this paper is a good starting point for those looking to adopt stochastics in their work.

Two Postdoc positions in UCLA Soft Materials Research Lab

The Soft Materials Research Laboratory directed by Professor Qibing Pei in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles is an interdisciplinary research group developing synthetic polymers and nanocomposites for advanced electronics, electromechanical, and photonic devices. Current research activities include but not limited to dielectric elastomers for muscle-like actuation, bistable electroactive polymers for large-strain rigid-to-rigid actuation, and stretchable electronics.

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Postdoc Position at Vanderbilt University Multiscale Computational Mechanics Lab

We welcome applications for a post-doctoral position in the Multiscale Computational Mechanics Laboratory (MCML) at Vanderbilt University. MCML is a part of the interdisciplinary Multiscale Modeling and Simulation (MuMS) facility.

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I am [still] confused about gradients, vectors, deformation gradient, etc.

I am creating this blog entry to have my confusions about gradients, vectors, and deformation gradient, etc., straightened out once (and hopefully for all time!) ... My confusions got exposed (even to me) while commenting on a thread started by Prof. Suo here [^]. In particular, I realized my confusions after writing this comment [^] there.

Chip formation in thermomechanical simulation of metal cutting


I am simulating thermomechanical model in Abaqus. I am not able to get chip out. I have used shear deformation criterion. Is there any key step to achieve this?

Also I am facing problem with coupled thermomechanical CPE4RT element. I am using Dynamic explicit thermal displacement step. In this step I didn't find adiabatic heating option, Abaqus is giving me warning about it. What are the necessary inputs for this simulation.

Please answer if anybody knows about this.

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The attached notes are written for a course on plasticity.  When I update the notes, I will post a link on my twitter account:  

Rheology is the science of deformation.  This science poses a question for every material:  Given a history of stress, how do we predict the history of strain, or the other way around?

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Faculty positions at University of Houston

Two faculty positions are available in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Houston. One is in the general area of geoengineering (including geomechanics), and the other in the general area of fluid mechanics. Additional information is included in the attached advertisements.

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On the stress singularities generated by anisotropic eigenstrains and the hydrostatic stress due to annular inhomogeneities

The problems of singularity formation and hydrostatic stress created by an inhomogeneity with eigenstrain in an incompressible isotropic hyperelastic material are considered. For both a spherical ball and a cylindrical bar with a radially-symmetric distribution of finite possibly anisotropic eigenstrains, we show that the anisotropy of these eigenstrains at the center (the center of the sphere or the axis of the cylinder) controls the stress singularity.

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Prof. Kim's work on ruga mechanics is included (#30) in Discover's 100 top stories of 2014

Professor Kyung-Suk Kim's work on ruga mechanics, published in June, 2014 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A, has been included (#30) in Discover's 100 top stories of 2014 among the best in science from the past year in the 2015 January issue.

Concrete Computational Mechanics PhD position Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

This is an announcement about a vacant PhD Research/Teaching Assistant position in RPI, Troy, NY in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the field of Concrete computational mechanics.

The research involves:

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Two PhD Positions in Computational Modelling of Structural Batteries at TU Delft

Applications are invited for two PhD positions (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.

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 May 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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ASME 2015 International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging (InterPACK 2015) July 6-9, 2015 The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel, San Francisco, California

ASME 2015 International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging (InterPACK 2015) will be in the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel, San Francisco, California from July 6-9, 2015. You are invited to submit paper to the topic on Advances in Interconnect Technologies at the InterPACK 2015. Please see the attachment of call for paper and note the abstract deadline of Dec. 8, 2014.


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Geometric nonlinear thermoelasticity and the time evolution of thermal stresses

In this paper we formulate a geometric theory of nonlinear thermoelasticity that can be used to calculate the time evolution of the temperature and thermal stress fields in a nonlinear elastic body. In particular, this formulation can be used to calculate residual thermal stresses. In this theory the material manifold (natural stress-free configuration of the body) is a Riemannian manifold with a temperature-dependent metric. Evolution of the geometry of the material manifold is governed by a generalized heat equation.

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Elastic leak of a seal

Our paper in the new journal Extreme Mechanics Letter has come online:  An elastomeric seal may leak by elastic deformation without any material damage. We describe elastic leak using a theoretical model, and watch a seal deform and leak using a transparent experimental setup. The elastomer seals the fluid by forming contact with surrounding hard materials. As the fluid pressure increases, the contact stress also increases but not as much.

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Fiber-reinforced tough hydrogels

Our paper has appeared in EML (Extreme Mechanics Letters) and can be downloaded.  Using strong fibers to reinforce a hydrogel is highly desirable but difficult. Such a composite would combine the attributes of a solid that provides strength and a liquid that transports matter. Most hydrogels, however, are brittle, allowing the fibers to cut through the hydrogel when the composite is loaded. Here we circumvent this problem by using a recently developed tough hydrogel.

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TMS 2015 Meet the Candidate Poster Session---deadline for abstract submission is extended to December 15, 2014

The TMS Young Professionals Committee is organizing a "Meet the Candidate Poster Session" in conjunction with the general poster session of TMS 2015. This event is designed to create networking opportunities for young professionals and hopefully help them discover prospects for future employment. The deadline for abstract submission is extended to December 15, 2014.


The Meet the Candidate Poster Session will provide the opportunity for

Postdoctoral Fellow in Topology Optimization at McGill University (Canada)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University (Canada).

Professor Wei Lu Received the 2014 Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award

Professor Wei Lu received the 2014 Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award. This award was presented to Dr. Lu by the president of ASME, jointly with the president of Pi Tau Sigma, during the 2014 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition. 

PhD Scholarship in the Mechanics of Materials

A fully funded PhD scholarship exists in the area of mechnics of materials, endowed in honour of Professor M F Ashby.  The successful applicant will have a 1st class degree (and ideally a Masters degree) in an appropriate field.  The precise topic of the PhD can be fixed after the scholarship has been awarded.  Further details may be obtained from Ms H A Gardner.

PhD Studentship in Mechanics of Lightweight Structural Protection

Fully funded 3 year PhD in the Mechanics of Lightweight Structural Protection.  The project is an experimental and theoretical investigation of the invention of lightweight energy absorbing materials under static and dynamic loading.  The challenge is to optimise the use of multi-layers to contain a projectile or fragment in a lightweight panel, by exploring the use of metal lattices and composites. The project requires a 1st class honours degree or equivalent in engineering, applied science or materials science.


The School of Materials Science and Engineering (SMSE), Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU), invites applications for multiple new faculty positions (assistant professor, associate professor and professor). As a “211” and “985” school, XJTU is a one of the top universities in China, with a dynamic research atmosphere.

Postdoc at Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering, Swansea Uni, UK

This is a fixed term RA position for one year and the salary will be £28k - £38k depending on the experience of the candidate. The research work  includes, but is not limited to, the areas outlined below:

Assistant/Associate Professor (Manufacturing) at the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

The Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Architecture at the American University of Beirut invites applicants for a full time faculty position in Manufacturing. Expertise in manufacturing processes, computer aided manufacturing, and/or manufacturing systems will be considered. This position will be at the assistant professor rank but exceptionally qualified candidates with established research and teaching credentials will be considered at the associate professor rank.


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