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An old and unfunded proposal to NSF to create iMechanica

In response to a NSF call for proposal on Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM), in June 2006, several of us submitted a proposal entitled "iMechanica:  Leveraging Cyberinfrastructure to Evolve All Knowledge of Applied Mechanics"

Nanomechanics and Nanostructured Multifunctional Materials: Experiments, Theories, and Simulations

Dr. Jun Lou and Dr. Junlan Wang are co-editing a special issue on Nanomechanics and Nanostructured Multifunctional Materials: Experiments, Theories, and Simulations for Journal of Nanomaterials, an open access journal. Papers on latest developments on all aspects of nanomechanics and nanostructured materials are welcome. Deadline for manuscript submission is September 01, 2007.
For more details, please check JNM website

Why not use FDM in solid mechanics?

Finite Difference Method (FDM) and the related techniques such as FVM, are often found put to great use in fluid mechanics. See any simulation showing not only streamlines but also vortex shedding, turbulent mixing, etc.

Cell mechanics workshop at University of Illinois with NSF fellowships

Apply for NSF fellowships to attend 1-week long workshop on cell mechanics, July 31-Aug 3, 2007.

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Sony flexible OLED Display

Choose a channel featured in the header of iMechanica: 

Sony announces a OLED display on plastic film.

Haimin Yao's picture

Research Scientist Positions (in Singapore)

  • The Institute of High
    Performance Computing (IHPC), a member of the Agency for Science,
    Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore, invites applications for
    eight available positions for research scientists in the field of
    theoretical and computational mechanics and materials science. These
    positions are in conjunction with the A*STAR-sponsored Visiting

Jie Wang's picture

Influence of depolarization field on polarization states in epitaxial ferroelectric thin films with biaxial misfit strains

Depolarization field and misfit strain are two important factors that may greatly influence the properties of ferroelectric thin films. The effect of depolarization field on polarization states of single-domain ferroelectric thin films with nonequally biaxial in-plane misfit strains are studied in the present work by numerically solving three coupled Euler-Lagrange equations, which are derived from the minimization of total free energy.

Biomolecular detection by a cantilever functionalized by RNA aptamers as receptor molecules

We have recently reported the label-free detection of HCV (Hepatitis C Virus) helicase by using a resonating microcantilever whose surface is functionalized by RNA aptamers as receptor molecules. This work was accepted for publication at Biosensors & Bioelectronics.


Kaushik Dayal's picture

Kinetics of phase transformations in the peridynamic formulation of continuum mechanics


We study the kinetics of phase transformations in solids using the peridynamic formulation of continuum mechanics. The peridynamic theory is a nonlocal formulation that does not involve spatial derivatives, and is a powerful tool to study defects such as cracks and interfaces.

Xuanhe Zhao's picture

A method to analyze electromechanical stability of dielectric elastomer actuators

      This letter describes a method to analyze electromechanical stability of dielectric elastomer actuators.  We write the free energy of an actuator using stretches and nominal electric displacement as generalized coordinates, and pre-stresses and voltage as control parameters.  When the Hessian of the free-energy function ceases to be positive-definite, the actuator thins down drastically, often resulting in electrical breakdown.  Our calculation shows that stability of the actuator is markedly enhanced by pre-stresses.

Jie-Hua Zhao's picture

Research Position at Texas Instruments (Dallas, Texas)

   This is a stress modeling position in TI's research
organization Silicon Technology Development (SiTD). The opening is
immediate and the position is filling very fast. Minimum requirement:
MS degree in the following fields: Mechanical Engineering, Physics,
Materials Science or Engineering Mechanics. PhD degree is preferred. 
Please email your resume to Jie-Hua (Jeff) Zhao at or
Darvin Edwards at Call Jeff at 972-995-8851 for detail.

Jinxiong Zhou's picture

Propagation of instability in dielectric elastomers

When an electric voltage is applied across the thickness of a thin layer of an dielectric elastomer, the layer reduces its thickness and expands its area. This electrically induced deformation can be rapid and large, and is potentially useful as soft actuators in diverse technologies. Recent experimental and theoretical studies have shown that, when the voltage exceeds some critical value, the homogenous deformation of the layer becomes unstable, and the layer deforms into a mixture of thin and thick regions.

Data relevant to science and engineering education, employment, and research

Anecdotal evidence can often serve as a basis for an opinion on the state of science and engineering in the US and abroad. While that evidence is valuable, it is not necessarily representative of national treends. Fortunately, the US government has collected useful information relevant to education, research, and employment within the science and engineering communities and presented it in a series of annual reports.

Why lionize mathematics in science/engineering?

This has reference to (only) the *last paragraph* in Prof. Harry Lewis' recent post, found at: node/1423#comment-2880.

The reason I write the present post is because I always seem to have had a view of inventing, learning, or teaching mathematics that is remarkably at odds with what Prof. Lewis' last paragraph *seems* to imply.

Cai Wei's picture

Postdoctoral position at Stanford in materials simulations

Postdoctoral positions are available in the Micro and Nano Mechanics group led by Prof. Wei Cai in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University.  [Link]

On the Possibility of Piezoelectric Nanocomposites without using Piezoelectric Materials

In a piezoelectric material an applied uniform strain can induce an electric polarization (or vice-versa). Crystallographic considerations restrict this technologically important property to non-centrosymmetric systems. It can be shown both mathematically and physically, that a non-uniform strain can potentially break the inversion symmetry and induce polarization even in non-piezoelectric dielectrics.

August Workshop on Materials Characterization for Nanoscale Reliability

We invite you to participate in the upcoming Workshop on Materials Characterization for Nanoscale Reliability, to take place 14-16 August, 2007 at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Details are posted at

Pradeep Sharma's picture

FEMLAB and strain gradient theories

I am aware of several recent papers related to computational issues in strain gradient and other higher order theories. Has anyone tried the software package FEMLAB for such theories ? It purports to solve user defined PDEs. We have only had limited experience with it and I am curious to find out if someone has tried it out.

UG Course on Solid Mechanics

Given below is a sequence that might properly address the question of what to teach in the first (and the only) UG couse on strength of materials or solid mechanics.

0. Note: It's a mistake to believe that the contents for such a course can be covered in a linear fashion. Apply the spiral theory of knowledge and revisit certain concepts again and again: e.g., the concepts of stress, strain, fields, BV problems, theoretical structure, etc.

1. Introduction:

Zhigang Suo's picture

Google will videotape all Harvard classes and make them universally accessible

I wish that this thought had come to me earlier, so that I could have posted it on April First.  No, I'm unaware of such a program.  Instead, Harvard faculty have just emerged from a multi-year review of curriculum, and reaffirmed the commitment to liberal education, after voting out a president not too long ago.

Rui Huang's picture

Senior Software Engineer Position at LUSAS, London

From Dr. Qizhi Xiao :

We are looking for several new permanent staffs, including software developers with solid background on mechanics and good programming skills. the detailed information about the posts can be found from

The following is the information for software developers:

LUSAS Senior Software Engineer (Ref SSE-W)


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