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Sandia Fracture Challenge Update

Supplemental information for the third Sandia Fracture Challenge (SFC) is now available!  We have compiled the supplemental information promised in the original information packet and some additional information based on questions we received from participants.  The supplemental information includes electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) data on the Challenge geometry, additional base material tests, raw DIC images and examples of DIC analyses of base material tests, and additional boundary condition information.

Sharlotte Kramer's picture

The 3rd Sandia Fracture Challenge is here!

The third Sandia Fracture Challenge is here!  We invite to you participate in this next installment of our collaborative, blind assessment of predictions of ductile fracture.  For the third SFC, we wanted to challenge the computational mechanics community to predict ductile fracture in an additively manufactured structure.

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Is energy conservation satisfied in the current deformation application schemes in molecular dynamic simulations?

In our recent paper, we examined the energy conservation for the current schemes of applying active deformation in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Specifically, two methods are examined. One is scaling the dimension of the simulation box and the atom positions via an affine transformation, suitable for the periodic system. The other is moving the rigid walls that interact with the atoms in the system, suitable for the non-periodic system.

The 2nd Sandia Fracture Challenge is here!

update, 7/24/2014: The information packet ("SFC2-challenge-v5.ppt") is no longer attached to this post (iMechanica has a file size limit of 1 MB, so we can not attach the 6 MB file). IF YOU WOULD LIKE THE INFO PACKET, PLEASE E-MAIL ME, and copy Dr. Sharlotte Kramer, If you have an older version of the information packet, please also e-mail for the newest (v5) info packet.

We intend to send the shear calibration data to all those whose e-mail address I have by August 1st (sorry for the delay!).

deformation of a clamped circular plate

Hi all, 
I need help to calculate the deformation of a circular plate(d=200mm and t=10mm) with a hole (d=20mm and t=5mm) at a center. The plate is clamped at its edge and subjected to 275KPa uniformly distributed load at the face without the hole.

I want to study the variation of maximum deformation with the  varying depth of the central hole. Any ideas on how I should approach this problem?


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Analysis of microstructural induced enhancement of electromechanical coupling in soft dielectrics

Electroactive soft elastomers require huge electric field for a meaningful actuation. We demonstrate, by means of numerical simulation, that this can be dramatically reduced and large deformations can be achieved with suitably designed heterogeneous actuators. The mechanism by which the enhancement is attained is illustrated with the aid of both idealized and periodic models.


Dear Fellows,

 I am working in the field of thermoelasticity deformation, I need a book to understand the basics of this field.


thermoelastic deformation

by Dorin Leson


Deflection of elastic ring

Hello Everybody, this is my first post here.

Robin Selinger's picture

APS March Meeting Focus session: "Fracture, Friction, and Deformation Across Length Scales"

Abstracts due Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 

APS March Meeting Focus session: "Tribophysics: Friction, Fracture and Deformation Across Length Scales"

March 21 - 25, 2011, Dallas, Texas
Details at

Invited speakers: Michael Marder (Univ. of Texas); Julia Greer (Caltech)

The Paris equation

The  Paris equation should correctly be referred to as the ERDOGAN-PARIS equation, maybe some more names may be needed.

LEFM is a term bandied about in the text books, but very few texts  know how to define what it means and how it applies.

You can take my course.  What happened to the earlier posts about my course.

Anyone who contributes to my DORN-RAJNAK or HARPER DORN will be given credit.


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