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2017 Melosh Medal Winners and Finalists

The 2017 (tied) winners of the Robert J. Melosh Medal are Matthias Mayr
 (Sandia National Laboratories, previously at TUM, Munich Germany) and Heng Chi (GATech).

Matthias Mayr presented the paper "A Finite-Element-Based Monolithic Solver for Fluid-Structure Interaction with a Novel Hybrid Schwarz Preconditioner," and Heng Chi presented the paper "Nonlinear elements without explicit shape functions: A mimetic-inspired method." Congratulations to both!

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Hydrodynamic Design of Pump Diffuser Using Inverse Design Method and CFD

A new approach to optimizing a hydrodynamic design of pump diffuser is presented, based on a three-dimensional inverse design method and a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technique. The blade shape of the diffuser was designed for a specified distribution of circulation and a given meridional geometry at a low specific speed of 0.109 (non-dimensional) or 280 (m3 /min, m, rpm).

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Modeling the Hydrophobicity of Nanoparticles and Their Interaction with Lipids and Proteins

We present a method of modeling nanoparticle (NP) hydrophobicity using coarse-grained molecular dynamics (CG MD) simulations, and apply this to the interaction of lipids with nanoparticles. To model at a coarse-grained level the wettability or hydrophobicity of a given material, we choose the MARTINI coarse-grained force field, and determine through simulation the contact angles of MARTINI water droplets residing on flat regular surfaces composed of various MARTINI bead types (C1, C2, etc.).









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PhD positions in multi-scale computational mechanics

We are looking for one or two highly motivated PhD candidates for a project related to the development of multi-scale methods in composite materials.


In the frame of several collaborative projects between universities and industrial partners, the main objective of the offered PhD positions will be to develop numerical multi-scale framework to study failure, uncertainties, and multi-physic behaviors of composite materials.

PhD opportunities

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PhD position in development of cracking computational models in high entropy alloys

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate for a project related to the development of cracking computational models in high entropy alloys.


In the frame of a collaborative project between three universities (Ulg, UCL and ULB), the main objective of the offered PhD position will be to develop a numerical modeling framework for cracking in high entropy alloys, known for their high toughness properties.

PhD opportunity

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Funded Ph.D. position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering- Engineering Mechanics at the Michigan Technological University

We are looking for a self-motivated PhD student to study Multi-Scale Material Modeling for different material systems such as Graphene and Polymeric Materials. This position is supported by the MEEM Department at MTU. This project will draw ideas from various subjects including Computational Mechanics and Materials Physics.

The candidate would have access to the advanced computing facilities, collaborations with researchers in other universities, and experimental collaborations. 

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2017/18 PhD program at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

2017/18 PhD program at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

Deadline for applications – July 18th 2017, 12 pm (midday) Italian time


Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computational Simulation and Optimization of Textiles

We are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow who has experience with developing and implementing computational algorithms for simulation and optimization in structural mechanics.
He or she will be involved in an interdisciplinary project for the development of a computational framework for the design of functional, smart, performance textiles. The objective is to develop and implement novel computational algorithms for a multi-scale and multi-physics simulation of functional textiles and fabrics, which will be at the core of a multifunctional design optimization framework. The position requires a deep understanding of structural mechanics concepts, as well as experience in algorithm development for computational simulation and optimization.

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Recent work "Self-Assembly of Islands on Spherical Substrates by Surface Instability"

Through strain-induced morphological instability, protruding patterns of roughly commensurate nanostructures are self-assembled on the surface of spherical core/shell systems. A three-dimensional (3D) phase field model is established for a closed substrate. We investigate both numerically and analytically the kinetics of the morphological evolution, from grooves to separated islands, which are sensitive to substrate curvature, misfit strain, and modulus ratio between the core and shell.

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PhD position in Theoretical Mechanics of High Performance (bio)Materials

Our Group of High Performance Materials in Enviormental & Civil Engineering Department at Michigan State University has an openings for PhD positions to work on Multiscale Modeling of Soft Materials starting Fall 2017.


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PhD opening in theoretical modeling and computer simulation of cell and tissue mechanobiology

Mechanics fundamentally governs the way cells and tissues adopt their functional shapes, the way they resist stresses, and the way they move, individually or collectively. In turn, mechanical forces critically influence cell behavior. Over the last decade, the field of mechanobiology has emerged, emphasizing the tight interplay between mechanics and biological function.

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The surface-forming energy release rate versus the local energy release rate

In our just published paper, we identify two ways to extract the energy (or power) flowing into a crack tip during propagation based on the power balance of areas enclosed by a stationary contour and a comoving contour. It is very interesting to find a contradiction that two corresponding energy release rates (ERRs), a surface-forming ERR and a local ERR, are different when stress singularity exists at a crack tip. Besides a rigorous mathematical interpretation, we deduce that the stress singularity leads to an accompanying kinetic energy at the crack tip.

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PhD positions and postdoc positions at the University of Padua, Italy

Two PhD positions and two postdoc positions are available at the University of Padua in the field of computational mechanics of materials. The work will involve building a multi-scale model to study contact, friction and lubrication.

For the PhD candidates, a Master Degree is required. Experience with programming is a requirement for PhD as well as postdoctoral applicants. Experience with dislocation dynamics and/or molecular dynamics simulations is appreciated.

PhD student and Postdoc positions at Arizona State University

Postdoc and PhD student positions are available at Arizona State University. Research background in at least one of the following areas is preferred.

1. Prognostics for fatigue and fracture

2. Probabilistic methods and reliability

3. Data analytics

4. Inverse problem and optimization

5. Dynamic system and network modeling

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Internship Announcement


Title: Structural FEA Intern

Category: Internship in Industry

Employer: Schlumberger Technology Corporation

Location: Sugar Land, TX, USA

Opening Date: 04/27/2017


One postdoc position at Singapore University of Technology and Design

Our group has one postdoctoral position openings supported by Singapore University of Technology and Design(SUTD)-Digital Manufacturing and Design(DManD) Centre for the projects of multimaterial stereolithography for 3D/4D printing.

We are seeking self-motivated postdoctoral researchers with a Ph.D. degree on mechanical engineering, mechatronics, electronic engineering and the related fields.

Summer School on Advanced Material Systems: Experimentation–Modeling–Commercialization, 4-11 July 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece

On behalf of the Center for Research and Development of Advanced Materials established by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Texas A&M University Engineering Experiment Station, we would like to announce a summer school on Advanced Material Systems: Experimentation–Modeling–Commercialization.

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Available PhD position at the Division of Mechanics at Lund University

The Division of Mechanics at Lund University, Sweden, invites applicants for a PhD position oriented towards multiscale modelling of grain boundaries in metals. The research program focuses on improving the understanding and modelling capabilities of impurity induced grain boundary embrittlement, with special emphasis fusion reactor materials, i.e. primarily tungsten.

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The Technical University of Denmark, DTU, offers Three PhD projects in the area of Multi-scale Mechanical Testing and Modelling of Polymer Composites in Large Structures

DTU Civil Engineering, DTU Mechanical Engineering and DTU Wind Energy are  inviting applications for three 3-year PhD positions starting summer 2017 as part of an exciting project ‘Understanding Fatigue though multi-scale testing and modelling’ in the new Villum Center for Advanced Structural and Materials Testing – CASMaT.

Apply for this job no later than 5 May 2017.

M.S./Ph.D. position in Computational Mechanics and Materials at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Applications are invited for an M.S./Ph.D. position in Computational Mechanics and Materials at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The ideal candidate should have a B.S. in engineering, math or physics, with prior experience in continuum mechanics, computational modeling, and/or finite element analysis. The position will start in Fall 2017.


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