# computational mechanics

## PhD and postdoc positions in Pavia

The Mathematics Department of the University of Pavia is currently offering 1 PhD position (3 years) and 2 postdoc positions (1 year, renewable) within the framework of the ERC Consolidator Grant HIgeoM. This research project focuses on mathematical study and development of isogeometric analysis for solid and fluid mechanics.

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## Have someone met a strange behavior of Load-Displacement curve in a simple 2D indentation problem

I am modelling a very simple 2D contact problem between a rigid wedge indenter and a deformable squared-shape specimen (general steel material) in frictionless contact case. I used an implicit function f to describe the rigid indenter.

I implemented Lagrange multiplier method for this contact problem and the contact condition is: Inside the contact zone of the deformable specimen, the node set is active if f(node)<=0 and the Lagrange multiplier lambda<=0.

## Elliptic crack instead of line crack in Phase-field method

What should be the crack initial condition in phase field fracture simulation?

By using phi=0 (broken phase) for one line segment of nodes  crack can
be specified. but with the loading applied we expect some crack opening
displacement. now as there is only one node specifying both upper and
lower crack faces displacements +u and -u at that node will be zero.

## Any suggestions or ideas on how to simulate a drop test in abaqus?

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Hello,

I am working on a research to simulate a drop test of a package box with ceramic saucer inside. I am not proficient in abaqus so I am looking for some suggestions.

Till now, I created a hollow box with 2 mm thickness to represent it as a cardboard box and a disc for a saucer. I have material properties for cardboard and saucer. Then I assembled the model in abaqus such that saucer is touching box at the bottom; this was initial condition.