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MSc+PhD position Fully Funded -- Massively parallel biomechanics simulation of brain surgery on HECToR

High Performance Computing MSc+Ph.D. position available at the
University of Glasgow on Massively Parallel Brain Surgery Simulation
with the extended finite element method (XFEM and FleXFEM)  (University
of Glasgow) -- funding body is EPSRC.

One year MSc in HPC in Edinburgh (all costs covered by funding) + 3 year Ph.D.  and access to HecToR,
one of the world's largest super-computer, including training with
experts in massively parallel simulation (10,000+ processors).

Three MSc + PhD positions available on Multi-Scale and Biomechanics Parallel Simulations on HECToR.

Dear all,

 Three positions are available for a unique MSC + PhD on massively parallel processing for computational mechanics in the field of multi-scale, XFEM and biomechanics. 

 Details here:

 Experience in Finite Elements or numerical methods and mechanics is *essential*. Please do not apply if you do not have this experience.

PhD Position: Solid Mechanics/Biomechanics at KTH-Stockholm

PhD Position: Solid Mechanics/Biomechanics at KTH-Stockholm

A four to five-year PhD position focusing on the analysis of multi-scale phenomena in diseased blood vessels including atherosclerotic plaques has recently been opened at KTH Solid Mechanics. The position is fully supported by the Swedish Research Council.

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Issue 2 of J. Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials published

I am pleased to announce that Volume 1, Number 2 of the the recently-launched Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials ( has been published by Elsevier. All JMBBM articles can be accessed free-of-charge on ScienceDirect until September 2008 (

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Mechanics of growth and rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysm

We present a coupled mathematical model of growth and failure of the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). The failure portion of the model is based on the constitutive theory of softening hyperelasticity where the classical hyperelastic law is enhanced with a new constant indicating the maximum energy that an infinitesimal material volume can accumulate without failure. The new constant controls material failure and it can be interpreted as the average energy of molecular bonds from the microstructural standpoint.

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Mechanics of microtubule buckling in living cells

As the most rigid cytoskeletal filaments, microtubules bear compressive forces in living cells, balancing the tensile forces within the cytoskeleton to maintain the cell shape. It is often observed that, in living cells, microtubules under compression severely buckle into short wavelengths. By contrast, when compressed, isolated microtubules in vitro buckle into single long-wavelength arcs. The critical buckling force of the microtubules in vitro is two orders of magnitude lower than that of the microtubules in living cells.

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on-line visualized experiments

Please visit

You'll find tons of video about biological experiments you might be interested in. It is very useful for most of mechanicians who lack this kind of knowledge and experience. Enjoy yourself!


Helix is a very interesting structure. There are many biopolymers that have a helical structure. 

  • How can someone model the helix in mechanics?
  • How can the helix reinforce a rod? 
  • How does this structure reflect the mechanical properties of biopolymers?
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Two faculty positions in computational and experimental mechanics at Columbia University

Columbia University
Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

The Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics invites applications for TWO tenure-track faculty positions to support a Department initiative in Sustainable Engineering. Qualified individuals are sought with expertise in either:

(1) Computational mechanics - with an emphasis on large-scale computing applied to multi-scale, multi-phase modeling of materials (from nano- to macro-scale), and/or mechanics and materials challenges in energy and/or the environment.

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Professor Y. C. Fung is the recipient of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize of 2007

Professor Y. C. Fung, Professor Emeritus of Bioengineering at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering, is the recipient of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize of 2007.

Simpleware and COMSOL Announce Partnership

Simpleware Ltd. and COMSOL Inc. announced at the COMSOL Users Conference 2007 in Grenoble a partnership agreement to provide an export interface from Simpleware's world-leading 3D image-based meshing software +ScanFE™ to COMSOL Multiphysics® 3.4, the industry's foremost multiphysics simulation environment. The +ScanFE interface enables COMSOL users to directly import high-quality meshes generated from MRI, CT, and MicroCT scan data into COMSOL Multiphysics 3.4 for modelling and simulation without requiring re-meshing or pre-processing.

Introduction to Systems Biology

How does the cell know when to produce a protein? Why does it produce this protein? How does it produce this protein so accurately, in transcription, timing, and concentration? It is amazing that the cell functions as precisely as it needs to in response to various stimuli. What is more amazing is that the cell's actions are a result of stochastic processes.

Simpleware signs up Vangest Group as their reseller in Portugal and Spain

Simpleware Ltd., the world leader in image-based meshing software, has signed a reseller agreement with Vangest Group, a provider of most advanced solutions in project, development and manufacturing.

Mimics 11 released!

June 14, 2007, Materialise released a new and improved version
of its image processing software Mimics. It will again raise the bar in image
processing and editing based on stacked data such as CT and MRI. Continuous
development and support have resulted in the release of Mimics 11.

Mimics Innovation Awards 2007 Winners Announced!

June 1st  2007, Materialise announced the winners of the Mimics Innovation Awards 2007 at the International Mimics User Group Meeting in Washington, D.C. 

We congratulate:


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Biomechanics Calls for Papers: Materials Research Society - Fall 2007 Meeting

(cross-post to Biomch-L )

Two symposia solicit papers on biomechanics topics for the upcoming Materials Research Society meeting, November 26-30, 2007, Boston,  MA.  Short-form abstracts are due 20 June, 2007.


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