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McMAT 2015 symposium on materials and manufacturing

We would like to invite your contribution to Symposium #18: “Experiments and Constitutive Modelling of Materials in Advanced Forming Processes” in the upcoming ASME 2015 Applied Mechanics and Materials Conference, McMAT2015, to be held in Seattle on June 29-July 1, 2015.

Ph.D. Position in Computational Biomechanics at Villanova University

 A Ph.D. position is available with a start date of Summer 2015 or Fall 2015 at the Computational Biomechanics and Solid Mechanics Laboratory at Villanova University.

The research project is an NSF funded project focusing on multiscale modeling of bone fracture. Candidates with a strong background and interest in biomechanics, solid mechanics, and computational modeling are encouraged to apply.

Yonggang Huang's picture

Professor Xuanhe Zhao will receive the Journal of Applied Mechanics Award in 2015

Prof. Xuanhe Zhao from MIT will receive the 2015 Journal of Applied Mechanics Award for his paper "Phase diagrams of instabilities in compressed film-substrate systems " (Journal of Applied Mechanics, v 81, article 051003, 2013).  

Call for Abstracts-ASME McMAT 2015: Symposium 10: Fundamental Biomechanics and Biomaterials Invention for Translational Medicine

Dear Colleagues, 

We are inviting you to submit abstracts on ASME McMAT 2015: Symposium 10:

Fundamental Biomechanics and Biomaterials Invention for Translational Medicine.


Fabrice Pierron's picture

3 year post-doctoral position available - High rate testing of materials

As part of my EPSRC Fellowship programme, I am now recruiting the second post-doctoral fellow associated with the project. I am looking for a talented young researcher with skills in experimental mechanics, particularly in the field of high rate testing of materials and high speed imaging for full-field deformation measurements. Informal enquiries can be made directly to me at, attaching a CV.

Kejie Zhao's picture

Symposium on Mechanics of Materials in Energy Technologies at McMAT2015

Dear Colleagues,

Please consider to attend the symposium entitled  "Mechanics of Materials in Energy Technologies"  at the occasion of ASME 2015 Applied Mechanics and Materials Conference, 6.29-7.1, 2015, in Seattle.The conference occurs every four years and covers all aspects of mechanics and materials: theoretical, experimental, and computational.

The description of the symposium is below.

CFP: Mini-symposium at 13th US National COngress on Computational Mechanics (USNCCM13)

We invite you to submit abstracts to this Simpleware-sponsored minisymposium

Deadline: February 15, 2015

13th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics (USCNCCM13)

July 26-July 30, Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA

Mini-symposium - Biomechanics Modeling: Advances and Applications to Real-World Problems

Organiser: Petr Krysl, University of California, San Diego

Call for Abstract - McMat2015 Symposium 17: Mechanicas of Materials in Extreme Environments

The ASME 2015 Applied Mechanics and Materials Conference (McMat2015) will be held in Seattle, Washington, USA,  June 29-July 1, 2015.  We are organizing a symposium at this conference - Symposium 17: Mechanics of Materials in Extreme Environments. 

Short Course on Mechanics of Foams

A short course on the “Mechanics of Liquid and Solid Foams” will be offered at CISM, the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences in Udine, Italy, 13-17 July 2015 (see brochure attached).

Recoverable plasticity in penta-twinned metallic nanowires governed by dislocation nucleation and retraction

AbstractThere has been relatively little study on time-dependent mechanical properties of nanowires, in spite of their importance for the design, fabrication and operation of nanoscale devices.

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Positions for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers


Positions for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers
at the Institute of Applied Geometry, JKU, Linz, Austria


 The Institute of Applied Geometry at Johannes Kepler University
( has vacant positions for PhD students and
postdoctoral researchers. Applicants should possess a background
in geometric modeling, computational geometry or numerical analysis.


Min Yi's picture

A constraint-free phase field model for ferromagnetic domain evolution

A continuum constraint-free phase field model is proposed to simulate the magnetic domain evolution in ferromagnetic materials. The model takes the polar and azimuthal angles (ϑ1, ϑ2), instead of the magnetization unit vector m(m1,m2,m3), as the order parameters. In this way, the constraint on the magnetization magnitude can be exactly satisfied automatically, and no special numerical treatment on the phase field evolution is needed. The phase field model is developed from a thermodynamic framework which involves a configurational force system for ϑ1 and ϑ2.

Jamie Guest's picture

Journal Club Theme of January 2015: Topology Optimization for Materials Design

Processing technologies are rapidly advancing and manufacturers now have the ability to control material architecture, or topology, at unprecedented length scales. This opens up the design space and provides exciting opportunities for tailoring material properties through design of the material’s topology. But as seen many times in history with advancements in materials and processing technologies, the natural default is to rely on familiar shapes and structure topologies.

Amit Acharya's picture

The metric-restricted inverse design problem

Amit Acharya         Marta Lewicka         Mohammad Reza Pakzad

We study a class of design problems in solid mechanics, leading to a variation on the
classical question of equi-dimensional embeddability of Riemannian manifolds. In this general new
context, we derive a necessary and sufficient existence condition, given through a system of total
differential equations, and discuss its integrability. In the classical context, the same approach
yields conditions of immersibility of a given metric in terms of the Riemann curvature tensor.
In the present situation, the equations do not close in a straightforward manner, and successive
differentiation of the compatibility conditions leads to a more sophisticated algebraic description
of integrability. We also recast the problem in a variational setting and analyze the infimum value
of the appropriate incompatibility energy, resembling "non-Euclidean elasticity".

Two Funded PhD positions in fatigue of bolted structures

Two funded PhD positions are available in the Department of Civil and Geological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.




Employment Opportunity - Program Directors at NSF

Dear Colleague Letter: Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), Mechanics of Materials and Structures (MoMS) – Employment Opportunity for Program Director Positions (Open Until Filled)

NSF - Mechanics of Materials and Structures

Dear colleagues,

There have been two changes at NSF that do affect the imechanica community. I would like to bring these to your attention.


Dear All, Please see the attachment. We are looking only for an MSc student intern who is enrolled in a Higher Education Institution (in the European Union). The topic is the variational theory of fracture for microchip manufacturing. Connections to a relevant company in France are possible. Please see also, in the attachment, our 2014 Computational Mechanics Lab Report and our best wishes for 2015. Regards, Stéphane and the team. Best wishes for 2015:

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Post-doctoral position in Computational Mechanics

One post-doctoral Research Associate in Computational Mechanics is sought to work on the Croatian Science Foundation project No. 1631 'Configuration-dependent Approximation in Non-linear Finite-element Analysis of Structures' on a full-time fixed-term contract for the duration of three years and six months or until the project financing has expired.

The project explores the configuration-dependent interpolation as a novel, unorthodox and remarkably promising expansion of the framework within which the non-linear finite-element method has been traditionally contained. The basic idea underlying the project stems from an apparent disparity between the rather advanced extensions of the traditional linear finite-element principles to non-linear problems and the fact that the key finite-element concept – that of interpolation of the unknown functions – is surprisingly kept mostly constant, i.e. configuration-independent. Enabling the finite-element approximation to become configuration-dependent is motivated by the existing need to improve the current non-linear finite-element procedures, in particular for mechanical problems defined on non-linear manifolds. This principle is presented as the general concept providing viable novel development paradigm with obvious benefits for a wider class of mechanical problems. The configuration-dependent approximation to be designed shall obey the essential convergence requirements, with its extra flexibility (arising from the potential of the new approximation to vary with the configuration) employed to improve the solution in some clearly defined manner.

More detail in the attachment.

Closing date for application: 16. January 2015

Gross salary: €20.000 per annum

Further inquiries:

Alejandro Mota's picture

Call for Abstracts: USNCCM13 Minisymposium 414 on Recent Advances in Mesh Adaptivity for Inelasticity, Damage, Crack Propagation and Failure.

In this minisymposium we seek to highlight challenging problems in computational solid mechanics that require mesh adaptation methods for their solution. We focus on the finite element method and works that address large deformations and the accompanying inelasticity, damage, crack propagation and failure. Discussion will center on Lagrangian descriptions and determining the necessary computational components to resolve, preserve, and evolve the fields that govern these processes. Prototypical material systems may include, but are not limited to, ductile metals and biomaterials.

The rheology of non-dilute dispersions of highly deformable viscoelastic particles in Newtonian fluids

Abstract: We present a model for the rheological behaviour of non-dilute suspensions of initially spherical viscoelastic particles in viscous fluids under uniform Stokes flow conditions. The particles are assumed to be neutrally buoyant Kelvin–Voigt solids undergoing time-dependent finite deformations and exhibiting generalized neo-Hookean behaviour in their purely elastic limit. We investigate the effects of the shape dynamics and constitutive properties of the viscoelastic particles on the macroscopic rheological behaviour of the suspensions.

Jaafar El-Awady's picture

Unravelling the physics of size-dependent dislocation-mediated plasticity

Size-affected dislocation-mediated plasticity is important in a wide range of materials and technologies. The question of how to explain and predict the effect of size on the properties and response of materials has been at the forefront of mechanics and materials research.

Open Postdoctoral Position in Computational Science and Engineering

The University of Notre Dame, Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials (C-SWARM), is seeking a highly qualified candidate for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the area of computational mechanics/physics. C-SWARM is a newly established center of the emerging field of predictive science. The main mission of C-SWARM is to predict shock conditions under which new materials can be synthesized using predictive computational models that are verified and validated with quantified uncertainty on future high-performance Exascale computer platforms.

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Two-phase solid–liquid coexistence of Ni, Cu, and Al by molecular dynamics simulations using the modified embedded-atom method

The two-phase solid–liquid coexisting structures of Ni, Cu, and Al are studied by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations using the second nearest-neighbor (2NN) modified-embedded atom method (MEAM) potential. For this purpose, the existing 2NN-MEAM parameters for Ni and Cu were modified to make them suitable for the MD simulations of the problems related to the two-phase solid–liquid coexistence of these elements.


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