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New educational program: MSc Advanced Dynamics of Discrete and Continuum Systems

St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University (Russia) opens a new MSc program in mechanics and mathematical modelling. The program is designed for training highly professional scientists and engineers with the theoretical background and practical experience in theoretical mechanics, computational mechanics, IT, mathematical modelling and simulations, and distributed computing.

Bridgman and tensile test

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Dear all I came up with some stress distributions which exist in a cylindrical specimen in a tensile test. However, I cannot understand how these formulas were gotten. There is a reference to a Bridgman paper (1944). Is there anyone who can give some inputs abouts this?


Thanks in advance 

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University of Michigan Continuum Physics and FEM lectures available online


Open.Michigan is a University of Michigan initiative that enables faculty, students, and others to share their educational resources and research with the global learning community. As part of this, Continuum Physics and Finite Element Method lectures offered by Prof. Krishna Garikipati are now available online on youtube and

Workshop on Microfluidics : Nanofluidics : Multiscale CFD, Registration deadline extended

Please join us for a national workshop on Microfluidics and Nanofluidics near Delhi, India during 14-16 July 2014. We are happy to have some higly accomplished academician in multiscale CFD domain. Prof. Suman Chakraborty, Bhatnagar Awardee 2013 will be principal instructor and speaker in the event.

Novice ABAQUS user seeking advice on damaged plasticity reinforced concrete model


am an ABAQUS novice working on a graduation project.  My model is a
reinforced concrete Tee-joint with steel rebars and stirrups embedded to the
concrete.  The concrete is modeled using the Damage-Plasticity model, with
mostly default suggested values.  The elastic and plastic values are
derived from experimental values.  In addition to the embeddment, the
column and the beam is tied together using the tie command.  The model is
subjected to an axial load as well as a displacement force. 

New introductory course in structural mechanics opens on edX

2.01x: Elements of Structures is a new introductory course in structural mechanics that just started on edX. Anybody can  register  to audit the course for free. 

Course material includes lecture videos, tutorials, example problems, recitation problems with video walkthrough, homework problems, "boardnotes" (condensed lecture notes) and synoptic tables.

Homogenization - If materials in the model are isotropic, is it possible to get truly anisotropic resulting material?


I read that "In general, even if the materials on the micro-level are isotropic, the effective 

material can show anisotropic behavior. A general anisotropic linear elastic material 

may have twenty one independent material parameters.''


If I understand my results correctly then simple structures like ''ball in the unit cell'' result in orthotropic material.

I am a bit puzzled - what would be the simplest structure that would result in anisotropic material behaviour?

What is mandel stress?

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 Dear all,

 Sometimes, we can see the conception of Mandel Stress, I wonder

What is mandel stress? How to use it?


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Please recommend a good mechanics of material book

I am teaching mechanics of materials to sophomore. However, our students do not have a separate static course. They get a some exposure to free body diagrams in particle dynamics. I am currently using the book by Gere and Goodno. But I found that both the teaching and learning experience were not good. Thanks a lot in advance for your suggestions!



Free Elementary Differential Equations and Real Analysis Textbooks by William F. Trench

The following  items can  be downloaded  free of  charge from  Digital.Commons@Trinity:


previously published by  Brooks/Cole  Thomson Learning, 2000,


Picture frame shear test

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 I'm trying to simulate a picture frame shear test using ABAQUS and I have landed up with some problems for which I haven't been able to find any solution from almost a week. Any help would be much appreciated!

So, here's the problem:

Boundary Conditions

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Isotropic hardening law

Hi all,

I have come across the two relations where aim to describe the isotropic hardening of a material

Power law:

R = Kεpn R is the variation in stress from initial yield, εp is the plastic strain where K is the strenght coefficient and n is the strain hardening exponent as observed in Ramberg Osgood equations.

Exponential law:

R = R∞ [1-e(-bεp)] where R∞ is the saturated value of the R variation, b is the rate at which the sauration is reached.


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Why shape function is kept orthogonal to residue in Galerkin method?

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I have a question regarding the shape functions. Why the shape function is kept orthogonal to residue in Galerkin method? Looking forward to hearing from you all.

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Why shape function is kept orthogonal to residue in Galerkin method?

I have a question regarding the shape functions. Why the shape function is kept orthogonal to residue in Galerkin method? Looking forward to hearing from you all.

Workshops or summer school in FSI using meshless methods

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Hello everyone,

 I am a doctorate student working with meshless methods for fluid flow. I would like to attend a summer school or workshops that can enrich my knowledge in FSI and meshless methods for FSI. I would really appreciate if anyone could recommend me a good school around Europe. As far as I have searched I was unable to find courses in the internet.

Thanks for your help,


Prager's Hardening Rule

Hi all

I am currently investigating Prager hardening room which is stated as the simplist linear kinematic hardening rule. I was wondering if anyone has worked with this model and if so if you have managed to identify how to determine the constant used for the back stress equation


dα =C * dεp ( this is epsilon dot p which is the equivalent plastic strain)


Please can you let me know how to determine the constant C from experimental results? 

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presenting a new method to model of metal foams

i have presented a new method for the first time to model of metal foams that subtracts stochastic cells from a desired volume and changes it to a foam.

i would like to know if there is any phd position for this?

thank u for your consideration :)

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PhD Position Available in Multifunctional Composite Materials

One PhD position is available immediately in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University, NY, US.  The research program focuses on the mechanics and multifunctional applications of 3D periodic composite materials including shape memory, acoustic/elastic wave propagation, and energy harvesting. The candidates with background in solid mechanics and finite element analysis are highly encouraged to apply. 

Ice failure simulation


  I want to simulate Ice failure simulation in abaqus. In my problem, ice is deposited between 2 components.

  While I am trying to move one compoents, the ice is restricting the movement of the components. Now I want to find out the force at which the ice starts to failure .

  any methods are available n abaqus., Plz let me know if any body knows abt this kind of simulation.


Thanks in advance


Viscoelastic & Viscoplastic Behaviour of flex printed circuit boards under bending loads


I am currently working on my M.Sc Thesis project of fatigue lifcycle of Flex printed circuit boards which is composite material of Polymer & Metal.Want some help who has worked on this topic which deals with Viscoelastic & Plastic behaviour of materials under action of pure bending loads.Help & Guidance would be appreciated.Need to come up with an equation which has stress & strain relating to lifecycle of Flex printed circuit boards.

Awaiting your reply,




homogenization on abaqus

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I'm looking for how we can do homogenization on ABAQUS.
thank you in advance.

Je cherche comment nous pouvons faire homogénéisation sur ABAQUS.
merci à l'avance.

The Renaissance of Continuum Mechanics

Dear friends of IMechanica:


Primary data mining through Web of Science
reveals that the number of papers containing “continuum mechanics ” increases
rapidly these years. This is a very exciting fact to our mechanicians. Thus, I
wrote a short paper titled “The Renaissance of Continuum Mechanics”, which was just
published online via:



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