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Fully – funded PhD opportunity in Metal-Forming and Materials Modelling Group, Imperial College London, Deadline 31st of Aug. 2016

The Metal Forming and Materials Modelling group wishes to provide a FULLY funded studentship to EXCEPTIONAL candidates to conduct PhD research work in the Mechanical Engineering department, at Imperial College London. The research work will be focused on the development of novel metal forming technologies, e.g.

Wenbin Yu's picture

RVE analysis without BCs and periodic mesh requirements

RVE analysis becomes a routine exercise in material modeling. Usually it is carried out using finite element codes such as ABAQUS or ANSYS. The main thing one should pay attention is to applying the right boundary conditions. It is settled that periodic boundary conditions are the preferred boundary conditions to be applied. The BCs are that u_i-\epsilon_{ij}x_j should be equal on the corresponding edges. This type of boundary conditions can be applied using coupled equations constraints. This requires that one creates a mesh with corresponding nodes on periodic edges.

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Micromechanics Simulation Challenge

cdmHUB has completed the level I micromechanics simulation challenge. Several micromechanics methods/tools including both commercially available tools such as  Altair MDS, ESI VPS, Digimat, SwiftComp and research codes such as MAC/GMC/HFGMC and FVDAM, are used to analyze six typical 2D/3D microstructures.

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Postdoctoral position in Multiscale Modeling and Experimental Characterization of Polymer Composites under High Strain Rate Deformations

Applications are invited for an immediate  Postdoctoral position within the Cognitive Performance Optimization Laboratory (COPOL) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. The candidate will perform research in the area of multiscale modeling and failure analysis of high-performance light materials such as Long Fiber Thermoplastic Composites under high strain rate deformations.

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2 Post Doctoral researcher positions in Computational Mechanics of Materials

Two post doctoral positions are available at the University of Limerick, Ireland. The object of the research, which is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), is to obtain an understanding of the mechanical behaviour of ferritic and martensitic steels at the micron and sub-micron scale and to link this behaviour to component behaviour. The work will involve computational and experimental studies of material behaviour using a range of numerical and experimental techniques.

Wenbin Yu's picture

Micromechanics Simulation Challenge - Level 1

For the purpose of establishing the best practice for homogenization and dehomogenization needed in composites design and manufacturing, cdmHUB launches the Micromechanics Simulation Challenge. After incoporating comments from  academia, industry and commercial software providers, we have finalized the final draft for Level 1 problems, which is attached here with more details can be at

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Micromechanics Simulation Challenge

As the importance of micromechanics is increasingly realized in composites design & manufacturing at the industry level, cdmHUB is launching a Micromechanics Simulation Challenge for the purpose of establishing the best practices for homogenization and dehomogenization needed in composites design and manufacturing.

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Help compile list of available micromechanics codes

Computer simulations will be used more and more for composites design and manufacturing. Before an engineer can simulate, there are at least two questions: what are the tools available and which one works for my problem. Thus, as a start, cdmHUB plan to compile a list of micromechanics codes for the community, including commercial codes, public domain codes, or research codes. To make the list as complete as possible, we need your help.

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Reminder: Call for abstracts International Workshop on Computational Mechanics of Materials in Madrid, Spain on October 1st-3rd

This is a reminder to invite you to submit an abstract for the 24th International Workshop on
Computational Mechanics of Materials (IWCMM 24) in Madrid, Spain on October 1st-3rd.
The abstract submission will close in
less than 3 weeks.


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24th International Workshop on Computational Mechanics of Materials (IWCMM 24) in Madrid, Spain, on October 1st-3rd 2014

The abstract submission for the 24th International Workshop on
Computational Mechanics of Materials (IWCMM 24) in Madrid, Spain, on
October 1st-3rd, 2014 is now opened. The deadline for abstract
submission is June 15th, 2014.

The workshop is intended to cover all aspects of modeling and
simulations of the mechanical behavior at different length and time
scales. The materials of interest range from traditional materials such
as metals, alloys, polymers and composites to advanced and emerging
materials and bio-materials.

"Plane Remains Plane" boundary condition in Abaqus

I am working on micromechanics modelling of steels. I need to implement  a "plane remains plane" kind of homogeneous boundary condition on some edges of my RVE of Dual Phase Steel. How can i do it by using *Equation option in Abaqus? I want to understand what all and how the nodes needs to be constrained? I am aware of "Planar Constraint" plugin in Abaqus, but some how it is not working for my RVE, so i want to go via the *EQUATION route. Any help would be greatly appreaciated.


Thanks ,


Periodic Boundary Conditions vs Homogenous Boundary Conditions in 2D RVE

Hello all,

I want to simulate loading of 2D RVE of dual phase steels, by giving individual phases properties, to get homogenised mechanical properties like yield strength,  % elongation etc, using micromechanics based approach. Litterature shows people have used two kinds of boundary condition viz. Periodic boundary condition and homogenous boundary condition for this case. My doubt is two folds:

1) What is the theoretical difference between these two kinds of boundary conditions? 

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Full scholarships available at European Commission funded workshop on physics based material models in Izmir / Turkey

European Commission' s JRC (Joint Research Centre) is organizing the 3rd workshop on physics based material models and experimental observations ( in collaboration with University of Oxford, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung and Middle East Technical University. The workshop will be held in Izmir/Turkey on 2-4 June 2014.

Postdoc and PhD positions in LEM3, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Metz-Lorraine

The LEM3 laboratory (UMR 7239) of Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Metz-Lorraine announces 2 postdoc positions and 1 PhD position.

Postdoc position 1

Mechanical characterization and micromechanical modeling of bread dough. J.Rheol []

The mechanical behavior of dough, gluten, and
starch was studied in an effort to investigate whether bread dough can be
treated as a two phase (starch and gluten) composite material. Mechanical
loading tests revealed rate-dependent behavior for both the starch and the
gluten constituents of dough. There is evidence from cryo-scanning electron
microscopy that damage in the form of debonding between starch and gluten
occurs when the sample is stretched. In addition, the Lodge material model was
found to deviate from the tension and shear stress-strain test data by a

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Easily calculate longitudinal compression strength of unidirectional composites

The longitudinal compression strength of unidirectional composites F1c, also called Xc, is very difficul to test for, so often you don't have the value for the particular material (fiber, matrix, volume fraction) that you wish to use. Further, just having data does not tell you what paramaters really influence its value--it is not the compressive strength of the fiber, I can assure you. So, there is a simple formula that you can use to predict its value and also to understand what are the parameters that really affect the compression strength of the composite.


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