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Journal Club Theme of September 2014: Numerical modeling of thermo-hydro-mechanical coupling processes in porous media

Thermo-hydro-mechanics (THM) is a branch of mechanics aimed to predict how deformable porous media behave, while heat transfer and fluid transport simultaneously occur in the pores filled by liquid and/or gas. Understanding these multi-physical responses is important for a wide spectrum of modern engineering applications, such as tissue scaffolding, geothermal heating, mineral exploration and mining, hydraulic fracture, energy piles, tunneling with frozen soil and nuclear waste storage and management.

Determination of the elastic properties of rabbit vocal fold tissue using uniaxial tensile testing and a tailored finite element model


Uniaxial tensile testing of rabbit vocal fold tissue.
Investigating the role of specimen shape on tensile testing of vocal fold tissue.
Development of a shape-specific finite element model to estimate elastic modulus.
Comparison of elastic moduli from shape-specific and generic-shape models.
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Post doc/RA position on Metallic Micolattices at UNSW, Canberra, Australia

There is a Post doc/RA position related to Metallic Micolattices and their energy absorption applications.


The job circular is here -


Position description -


Miner's rule in Fatigue

Can the Miner's rule for fatigue be used in the fracture region?

(Assuming a cracked body, under n different uniaxial stresses)

Thanks for your time.


Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters, Volume 4, Issue 4, 2014 is online now!

Dear everyone,

The fourth issue in 2014 (Volume 4, Issue 4) of Theoretical and Applied Mehcanic Letters (TAML) is now online.

Welcome to this young journal for rapid publication of your exciting results. 


Acta Mechanica Sinica, Vol.30, Issue 4, 2014 is online now!

Dear everyone!

The fourth issue in 2014 (Volume 30, Issue 4) of Acta Mechanica Sinica (AMS) is now online.

Welcome to this SCI-indexed journal for rapid publication of your exciting results.


Yonggang Huang's picture

Rapid review and publication at JAM in 2014

Journal of Applied Mechanics (JAM) received 280 submitted manuscripts during the first 6 months in 2014.  Among them only 4 are still in review.  

The average time for the 1st round of review, with the decision to accept, or reject, or revise, is reduced to 10 days.  For those that need revisionsthe average time to make the final decision is 24 days after the 1st round of review, which include both the authors' revision time and 2nd (and more) round(s) of review.

Hamed Hatami's picture

Ph.D. positions at Oklahoma State University

We are looking for candidates for doctoral positions in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University to work in the area of mechanics of materials. Candidates should have earned a M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering or in a related field from an accredited University. Candidates with a strong background in numerical simulations, finite element analysis, and/or computational solid mechanics will be only considered.

Massimiliano Gei's picture

Exact cloaks for bending waves in Kirchhoff plates

In this paper (JMPS, in press)

we give a proof of the feasibility of an exact cloak for bending waves in a Kirchhoff plate. See the graphical abstract for more details.


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Research Scientist at Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR

Vibro-acoustics (2 positions)

Noise is one of the vitally important factors determining the quality of life and liveability in urban areas. We have awarded a grant to develop novel windows enabled with green and intelligent sound absorbing materials that have substantially reduced noise transmission, and at the same time maintain ventilation function to realize good thermal comfort and resource efficiency. You are welcome to apply if you are:

CONCREEP-10 Conference

CONCREEP-10,  the 10th Conference on Mechanics and Physics of Creep, Shrinkage and Durability of Concrete and Concrete Structures, will be organized  by the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) in cooperation with the Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE (EMI).  The conference will be held on September 21-23, 2015 at the  Vienna University of Technology in Vienna, Austria.  It will be chaired by Prof. Christian Hellmich, Prof. Johann Kollegger, and Prof. Bernhard Pichler, all of TU Wien.

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new paper on fracking in JAM by Prof. Bazant

Fracking has been an important research topic in recent years.  JAM just published a paper "Why Fracking Works" by Professor Zdenek Bazant and his co-authors (JAM, volume 81, paper 101010, 2014).  This paper is of great interest, not only to mechanics, but also to engineers interested in fracking.

The paper is attached.

JMPS paper-Micro-buckling in the nanocomposite structure of biological materials

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Nanocomposite structure, consisting of hard mineral and soft protein, is the elementary building block of biological materials, where the mineral crystals are arranged in a staggered manner in protein matrix. This special alignment of mineral is supposed to be crucial to the structural stability of the biological materials under compressive load, but the underlying mechanism is not yet clear.

a JMPS paper about mechanosensing in cell-substrate interaction

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JMPS paper: "Some basic questions o mechanosensing in cell–substrate interaction"

In this paper, a mechanical model of cell-substrate interaction is constructed and discovers the mechanisms of cell sensing  compliance, thinckness and distance. If you are interested, pls see details in the paper.

EMI 2015 Conference

EMI 2015, the annual conference of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE, will be held at Stanford University on June16-19, 2015. It will be chaired by Prof. Ronaldo Borja ( Department of Civil Engineering, Stanford University).

Immediate Openings for a Post-Doctoral Researcher and Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins University

Immediate Openings for a Post-Doctoral Researcher and Ph.D. student


Johns Hopkins University

Center of Excellence in Integrated Materials Modeling (CEIMM),


Postdoctoral positions in Computational Materials

A postdoctoral positions in Computational Materials is available in the group of Peter Kroll in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UT Arlington, Arlington, TX. The project focuses on boron nitride, its conversion from "soft" hexagonal to "hard" cubic boron nitride, structural developments during sintering, and mechanical properties. Applicants will have a strong record in solid-state materials simulation and the demonstrated ability to work independently and drive a project.

Tenure Track Faculty Position at UBC, Vancouver

Dear Mechanicians,

The following advertisement for a tenure track faculty position will be of interest to you. Please feel free to contact me if you have queries.


Roberto Ballarini's picture

Two post-doc positions at University of Houston

Two POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE POSITIONS will be available at University of Houston. The start dates are flexible, and hopefully be filled by the end of Fall 2014. Applicants are sought in the general area of (theoretical and/or computational and/or experimental) solid mechanics, structural mechanics, structural engineering, materials science, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

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Extreme Computing

There have been several discussions on "Extreme Mechanics" in recent weeks and I would like to extend this topic to "Extreme Computing". As we develop materials that are more complex, hierarchical and are spanning multiple spatial scales, we will need computational tools that can describe them well. Fluid dynamics community has long time ago embraced large-scale computing of conservation laws of mass, momentum and energy. In mechanics of materials, large-scale computing is still in infancy.

Oleksandr Glushko's picture

Recovery of electrical resistance in copper films on PET subjected to a tensile strain

For flexible electronics applications it is important to understand the behavior of electrical resistance of metal films on polymer substrates under applied tensile strain. Although the growth of resistance during tensile loading was investigated in a number of research papers, the recovery of resistance during unloading remains virtually unexplored. In this paper, substantial recovery (decrease) of electrical resistance during and after unloading is demonstrated for copper films on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates subjected to a tensile strain with different peak values.

Time Domain Inverse Problems in Nonlinear Systems Using Collocation & Radial Basis Functions

Time Domain Inverse Problems in Nonlinear Systems Using Collocation & Radial Basis Functions

by T.A. Elgohary, L. Dong, J.L. Junkins and S.N. Atluri

This paper can be freely downloaded at:


In this study, we consider ill-posed time-domain inverse problems

for dynamical systems with various boundary conditions and unknown controllers.

Dynamical systems characterized by a system of second-order nonlinear ordinary

Acoustic Heating

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Are there good references related to acoustic heating?  I am interested in the ability to scale down the effects of this process and looking for ideas in model development to assist.




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