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Call for abstract for SPIE 2018 Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites XII conference

SPIE 2018 Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites XII (SSN04) conference will be held in Denver, Colorado, United States on March 4 to 8 2018, as a part of SPIE Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation. 

Topics of interest are broadly grouped into the following categories:

• functional soft materials and structures

• mechanics of smart and multifunctional materials

• modeling and simulation of smart and multifunctional materials

Two PhD positions for Computational Materials and/or Computational Mechanics

Mississippi State University, Mechanical Engineering department is seeking outstanding candidates for the project “Theoretical Understanding of Porosity-Induced Mechanisms during Solidification of Cast Alloys and their Influence on Process-Structure-Property Correlations”, which is funded by a NSF grant.

Abstract submission open for mini-symposium "Micromechanics-based Nonlocal Continuum Models" at ESMC 2018, Bologna, Italy

Micromechanics-based Nonlocal Continuum Models organised by Lorenzo Bardella (University of Brescia) and Samuel Forest (Mines ParisTech CNRS)  Submission deadline: November 15th, 2017  Nowadays, problems involving more physics and more length and time scales have become very relevant in engineering applications. Theoretical frameworks limited to conventional continua are often inadequate to model such problems.

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Veamy: an extensible object-oriented C++ library for the virtual element method

This paper summarizes the development of an object-oriented C++ library for the virtual element method (VEM) named Veamy, whose modular design is focused on its extensibility. The two-dimensional linear elastostatic problem has been chosen as the starting stage for the development of this library. In contrast to the standard finite element method, the VEM in two dimensions uses polygonal finite element meshes.

Multi-scale finite element modeling of magnesium medical devices

<p>Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for two full-time Postdoctoral Researcher positions on the finite element simulation of magnesium orthopaedic implants. These three year fixed term positions are funded through a US-Ireland R&amp;D Partnership Programme involving collaboration between the SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices (Cúram), the NSF Engineering Research Centre Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (RMB, USA), and the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC, Northern Ireland).

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High thermal conductivity through simultaneously aligned polyethylene lamellae and graphene nanoplatelets

The effect of simultaneous alignment of polyethylene (PE) lamellae and graphene nanoplatelets (GnP) on thermal conductivity (k) of PE-GnP composites is investigated. Measurements reveal a large increase of 1100% in k of the aligned PE-GnP composite using 10 weight% GnPs relative to unoriented pure PE. Rate of increase of k with applied strain for the pure PE-GnP composite with 10 wt% GnP is found to be almost a factor of two higher than the pure PE sample, pointing to the beneficial effect of GnP alignment on k enhancement.

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Multiple post-doc positions at COHMAS-KAUST

 The Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, invites applications for Postdoctoral fellow in Mechanical Engineering at the Composite and Heterogeneous Material Analysis and Simulation Laboratory (COHMAS, 


JRF position at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Applications are invited from Indian nationals for the post of Junior Research Fellow in a sponsored research project Nonlinear Interaction of Guided Waves with Delamination Defects in Composite Waveguides.  Expected research activities involved in the project are 

2 Post-Doc Positions in Computational Materials Science

Within the framework of the Cluster of Excellence Engineering of Advanced Materials at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg the materials modeling group of the Institute for General Material Properties is inviting applications for postdocs in the field of atomistic simulations of mechanical properties.  The research projects will focus on the role of interfaces on the plastic deformation and fracture of nanostructured materials.

PhD Position in Computational Materials Science / Glass Physics

The Atomistic Materials Modeling group of Prof. Erik Bitzek is inviting applications for a fully funded PhD position at the Institute for General Materials Properties within the Department of Materials Science of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Erlangen, Germany. The objective of the PhD project is to use atomistic simulation methods to study the influence of topological anisotropy on the mechanical properties of inorganic glasses.


PhD Position in Atomistic Simulations / Computational Fracture Mechanics

The Institute for General Materials Properties of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is seeking outstanding candidates for the project “microKIc – Microscopic Origins of Fracture Toughness”, which is funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant.

Wenbin Yu's picture

Time to Register for 2017 American Society for Composites Annual Conference at Purdue

Dear Colleagues, if you are interested in the state-of-the-art R&D in composite materials, you might want to attend the American Society for Composites Anuual Meeting at Purdue (10/22-25, 2017). The registeration is open at

Ravindra Duddu's picture

Postdoctoral position in Computational Mechanics at Vanderbilt University

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position (open immediately) in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University. The candidate will conduct research in the broad area of computational solid mechanics and is expected to contribute to one or both of the following ongoing projects:

1) Modeling the mechano-electrochemistry of corrosive dissolution or dealloying of metal alloys. 

2) Wave propagation in acoustic, elastic and viscoelastic media relevant to ultrasound imaging of biological tissues.

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Identification of higher-order continua equivalent to a Cauchy elastic composite

Dear Mechanician,

A novel method for the identification of higher-order continua equivalent to a Cauchy composite has been published, as a result of the collaboration between the following two ERC projects:

Full paper:

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Posdoc in Smart Manufacturing of Composite Materials

The candidate will work in a project related with smart manufacturing of composite materials by injection/infusion techniques. The project will consist in a joint collaboration between Data Mining Research Group from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and IMDEA Materials Institute.The research activities will be focussed on the application of simulation techniques (computational fluid mechanics) to the optimization of manufacturing process of composite materials by liquid moulding, including the creation of a physical demonstrator.

Xin-Lin Gao's picture

Two recent papers - one related to head impact and the other on orthotropic Kirchhoff plates

These two papers have recently been published in Int. J. Mech. Sci. and Acta Mech.:

1) Analytical Models for the Impact of a Solid Sphere on a Fluid-Filled Spherical Shell Incorporating the Stress Wave Propagation Effect and their Applications to Blunt Head Impacts

2) A non-classical model for an orthotropic Kirchhoff plate embedded in a viscoelastic medium

Jingjie Yeo's picture

Unusually low and density-insensitive thermal conductivity of three-dimensional gyroid graphene Graphene has excellent mechanical, thermal and electrical properties. However, there are limitations in utilizing monolayers of graphene for mechanical engineering applications due to its atomic thickness and lack of bending rigidity. Synthesizing graphene aerogels or foams is one approach to utilize graphene in three-dimensional bulk forms. Recently, graphene with a gyroidal geometry has been proposed.

Antonio Papangelo's picture

Load-separation curves for the contact of self-affine rough surfaces

Load separation curves between self-affine rough surfaces have been studied by means of extensive numerical simulations. The results of the comparison with the two main contact mechanics theories have been reported.

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Fracture Mechanics of Soft Materials

Rong Long

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

Influence of surface tension in the surfactant-driven fracture of particulate monolayers

Dear Colleagues,

  I thought some of you may be interested in our recent paper which has been accepted to Soft Matter.  The article is available online, here:

   It contains a new model for the fracture of particulate rafts, and some new experimental results as well.  Questions are welcome. 

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Ph.D. Research Position in Soft Tissue Mechanics (U.S. Citizens only)


One Ph.D. research position is available immediately at Iowa State University’s Mechanical Engineering Department in the area of soft tissue biomechanics. The candidates must be a US Citizen and have earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, or a related field. The selected candidates are expected to start no later than January 2018.



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