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PhD opening in Wave Mechanics of Engineered Materials


Objective: We are seeking a highly motivated and talented research assistant with background (BS or MS) in applied mathematics, physics, or mechanical/civil engineering.

[DEM] PhD Student Internship Opportunity at Idaho National Lab

Work Location:  Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States.

Duration: about three months (with financial support of temporatory living in Idaho Falls); starting from May 2018.

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking PhD student internship applicants for DEM particle mechanics simualtions for engineering-type applications & research.

Preferred Qualifications: 

* Numerical methods: research experience in the discrete element method (DEM) and/or other coarse-grained particle mechanics modeling methods.

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UK university staff strike over pension changes – live

See here.  Or here In comparison, our "italian strike" where we only omit 1 session of exams was much less dramatic. 

It will be interesting to follow the UK strike, because I would be surprised if so many academics let such significant part of salary be reduced.

[HPC] PhD Student Internship Opportunity at Idaho National Lab

Work Location:  Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States.

Duration: about three months (with financial support of temporatory living in Idaho Falls); starting from May 2018.

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking PhD student internship applicants for high-performance extreme-scale particle mechanics simualtions.


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Employment Opportunity for an Associate Program Director Position, National Science Foundation

CMMI 18-003Dear Colleague Letter: Directorate for Engineering (ENG), Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) - Employment Opportunity for an Associate Program Director Position (Open Until Filled) 

February 20, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

The Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), within the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), at the National Science Foundation, announces a nationwide search to fill an Associate Program Director position.

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Modeling rate dependent damage in polymer networks with sacrificial bonds

Mechanical Response of Two Dimensional Polymer Networks: Role of Topology, Rate Dependence, and Damage Accumulation

From 3D Images to Models - Introduction to Simpleware Software Workshop, Nuremberg, March 14th

Date / Time: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 / 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: Nuremberg, Germany

Fee: Free-to-attend. Pre-registration is required as places are limited 

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Fatigue Fracture of Self-Recovery Hydrogels

Dear Colleagues,

Here is our recent paper “Fatigue Fracture of Self-Recovery Hydrogels”. To the hydrogel community, this paper distinguishes the fatigue fracture and the self-recovery of a hydrogel. To the mechanics community, we show that, for the first time in hydrogels, the fatigue threshold depends only on the covalent network, but not on the noncovalent interactions that provide dissipation.

Multiscale constitutive modeling of composite- SwiftComp

AnalySwift provides an efficient high-fidelity composite modeling tool-SwiftComp.  You may check these links to get more on SwiftComp and tutorials.


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Congratulations to Prof. M. Ciavarella, new member of IJMS editorial board!

Congratulations to Prof. M. Ciavarella for having been nominated a new member of the International Journal of Mechanical Sciences (IJMS) Editorial Board! IJMS is a well-established Journal published by Elsevier. With its Impact Factor being 2.884 in 2016, IJMS ranks No. 15 among 133 journals in the field of Mechanics!




Stress is defined as the quantity equal to ... what?

In introducing the very concept of the stress tensor to the beginning student, text-books always present only indirect relations involving the concept. Thus, you have the relations like "traction = (stress-transposed)(unit normal)" (i.e. Cauchy's formula, for uniform stress), or the relations for the coordinate transformations of the stress tensor, or the divergence theorem (for non-uniform stress). These are immediately followed or interspersed with alternative notations, and the rules for using them.

But what you never ever get to see, in text-books or references, is this: a *direct* definition of the stress tensor, i.e. an equation in which there is only the stress tensor on the left hand-side, and some expression involving some *other* quantities on right hand-side. Why? What possibly could be the conceptual and pedagogical advantages of giving a direct definition of this kind, and its physical meaning? I would like to ponder on these matters here, giving my answers to these and similar questions in the process.

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Open Post-doc position at Energy- Control and optimization lab

Energy, Control and Optimization (ECO) lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University has one post-doc position. The research project is about energy conversion in Nano-materials and thin film solar cells. Candidates should have a strong background and interests in Radiative Heat Transfer, Nano-Materials, Nanofabrication, Computational Methods and Machine Learning. Programming experience in MATLAB or Python is necessary.

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Using LEFM for analyzing crack in a non linear material

Dear all,

I am trying to find the crack tip SIF in Polyurethane which an elastomer. It behaves like a nonlinear elastic material with the initial small linear elastic region. Can I use a multi-parameter stress field equation (William's crack tip stress field equation) to get the SIF of the crack tip.

Thank you

Postdoc positions available: NHERI SimCenter@Berkeley


Postdoctoral Positions Available: Software development for uncertainty quantification, optimization, and workflow development.  Natural Hazards Engineering Research Initiative SimCenter @ UC Berkeley


Siddiq Qidwai's picture

Employment Opportunity: Division Director, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Science Foundation  

2415 Eisenhower Avenue   —   Alexandria, Virginia 22314


February 2, 2018 

Dear Colleague:

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Multidisciplinary Cancer Research UK 4-year PhD Studentship

We are seeking an outstanding PhD candidate to join Mechanics in Biology and Medicine laboratory ( as part of a multidisciplinary collaborative project between Dr Emad Moeendarbary at the Department of Mechanical Engineering (University College London, UCL) and Dr Fernando Calvo at the Division of Cancer Biology (Institute of Cancer Research, London).


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