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Call for Nominations for the Zdeněk P. Bažant Medal for Failure and Damage Prevention

EMI, the Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE, is pleased to announce that the ASCE Board of Direction has established the Zdenek P. Bazant Medal for Failure and Damage Prevention.  This award was established to honor Zdeněk P. Bažant, Ph.D., S.E., NAS, NAE, Hon.M.ASCE, a recognized expert in the field of analytical and computational modeling of failure of quasi-brittle materials.

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High damage tolerance of electrochemically lithiated silicon

Wang, X. et al. High damage tolerance of electrochemically lithiated silicon. Nature Communications 6:8417 doi: 10.1038/ncomms9417 (2015).


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EMI Mini-symposium for Computational Geomechanics

Dear colleagues, 

I am writing to invite you to submit abstract to the Computational Geomechanics mini-symposium at the EMI Vanderbilt conference, from May 22th to 26th, 2016. The mini-symposium is co-organized by myself, Prof. Qiushi Chen, Prof. Xiayu Song, Dr. Joshua White, Prof. Richard Regueiro, Prof. Jose Andrade, Prof. Majid Manzaril and Prof. Ronaldo Borja.

The deadline for the abstract submission is Oct 15th, 2015. 

More information can be found at URL below: 

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Faculty Position in Mechanical Engineering at Boston University

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in biomechanics, to begin Fall 2016. This position is at the level of Assistant Professor.   The department seeks to build upon its core strength in mechanical engineering as well as its collaborative research areas in mechanics of biological materials and soft materials.

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Peptide–Graphene Interactions Enhance the Mechanical Properties of Silk Fibroin Studies reveal that biomolecules can form intriguing molecular structures with fascinating functionalities upon interaction with graphene. Then, interesting questions arise. How does silk fibroin interact with graphene? Does such interaction lead to an enhancement in its mechanical properties?

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On the origins of the idea of the multiplicative decomposition of the deformation gradient

Usually the multiplicative decomposition of deformation gradient in finite plasticity is (incorrectly) attributed to Lee and Liu (1967). This short note discusses the origins of this idea, which go back to the late 1940s. We explain that the first explicit mention of this decomposition appeared a decade earlier in the work of Bilby, et al. (1957) and Kröner (1959). While writing this note I found out that Bruce Bilby passed away a couple of years ago at the age of 91.

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PhD/Postdoctoral position@KIT (Germany) on phase-field modeling of polycrystalline evolution in geological veins

GEOLAB, a joint initiative of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany), Helmholtz
centers for Environmental Research (UFZ) and Geosciences (GFZ,Potsdam) invite applications
for a PhD/Postdoc candidate position (Salary scale TV-L E13).

International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials XI

The eleventh biennial International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials will be held in scenic Cape Cod at The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, Massachusetts from the 18-24 September 2016. This prestigious and long running conference will bring together delegates from around the world to discuss how to characterize, predict, and analyze the fatigue damage of structural materials.

Open Position: Professor of Composite Materials

We are looking for you to join FHNW University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland at the Institute of Polymer Engineering in Windisch, Switzerland at the earliest possible date as a Professor of Composite Materials.

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EML Special Issue on Mechanics in Energy Materials

Now receiving new submissions for the special issue on mechanics in energy materials.

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Fracture mechanics of shape memory alloys: review and perspectives

Shape memory alloys (SMAs) are intermetallic alloys displaying recoverable strains that can be an order of magnitude greater than in traditional alloys due to their capacity to undergo a thermal and/or stress-induced martensitic phase transformation. Since their discovery, the SMA industry has been dominated by products for biomedical applications with geometrically small feature sizes, especially endovascular stents.

Review Article: Atomistic Aspects of Fracture

Any fracture process ultimately involves the rupture of atomic bonds. Processes at the atomic scale therefore critically influence the toughness and overall fracture behavior of materials. Atomistic simulation methods including large-scale molecular dynamics simulations with classical potentials, density functional theory calculations and advanced concurrent multiscale methods have led to new insights e.g.

Influence of anisotropic elasticity on the mechanical properties of fivefold twinned nanowires


In this paper in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids (vol. 84, p. 358, ) we propose a
new theory for the mechanical properties of fivefold twinned nanowires.

We show that the Frank vector of the central wedge disclination depends on the uniaxial strain,

Mechanical response of collagen molecule under hydrostatic compression:Mater Sci Eng C -Mater Biol Appl. 2015

Proteins like collagen are the basic building blocks of various body tissues (soft and hard). Collagen molecules find their presence in the skeletal system of the body where they bear mechanical loads from different directions, either individually or along with hydroxy-apatite crystals. Therefore, it is very important to understand the mechanical behavior of the collagen molecule which is subjected to multi-axial state of loading.

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Fast nastic motion of plants and bio-inspired structures

The capability to sense and respond to external mechanical stimuli at various timescales is essential to many physiological aspects in plants, including selfprotection, intake of nutrients and reproduction. Remarkably, some plants have evolved the ability to react to mechanical stimuli within a few seconds despite a lack of muscles and nerves. The fast movements of plants in response to mechanical stimuli have long captured the curiosity of scientists and engineers, but the mechanisms behind these rapid thigmonastic movements are still not understood completely.

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Full-Time Position in Schlumberger - FEA

The below position is still open:

Job Description

Responsibilities: You will closely collaborate with Schlumberger design engineers in US, Europe, and Asia. You will be performing FEA studies in technically challenging areas such as non-linear solid mechanics, metal plasticity, viscoelastic materials, shock, vibration, heat transfer, composites, and fluid/structure interactions. You will also need to present FEA results to various internal or external clients.

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Call for abstract SEM 2016: Fatigue and Fracture Under Extreme Environments

Dear Colleagues,

We are organizing a symposium onFatigue and Fracture Under Extreme Environments” at the SEM XIII International Congress meeting which is taking place at Orlando, FL from June 6-9, 2016.

This symposium will focus on the following themes:

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Disclination mediated dynamic recrystallization in metals at low temperature

Recrystallization is one of the most important physical phenomena in condensed matter that has been utilized for materials processing for thousands of years in human history. It is generally believed that recrystallization is thermally activated and a minimum temperature must be achieved for the necessary atomic mechanisms to occur. Here, using atomistic simulations, we report a new mechanism of dynamic recrystallization that can operate at temperature as low as T = 10 K in metals during deformation.

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PhD positions in mechanics of metamaterials at the University of Minnesota

PhD positions are available in the group of Prof. Stefano Gonella at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. ( The positions are in the area of wave mechanics of advanced materials, with focus on elastic and acoustic metamaterials, tunability and nonlinearity. Current topics of interest include:


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