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Durability of photovoltaic laminates: mechanical, economical and societal impacts

Mechanicians interested in interdisciplinary research on composites for photovoltaic energy applications, please download the free reports for policy makers and photovoltaic companies published by the Task 13 of the International Energy Agency: 

http://mailchi.mp/c40cfc488823/iea-pvps-newsletter-pv-power-update-39?e=...

 

The ERC Starting Grant CA2PVM is glad to have contributed to this outreach activity, see:

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White paper on failures of photovoltaic modules in the field - IEA supported by ERC

ERC StG CA2PVM outreach activity on Photovoltaic durability and reliability research in collaboration with the International Energy Agency. 

An open access report for policy makers, PV investors and researchers interested in failure mechanisms of PV modules in the field has just been released and is downloadable from this link: 

http://www.iea-pvps.org/index.php?id=435

Call for Papers // Fatigue Durability India 2016 // Publishing Partner Springer

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FatigueDurability India 2016 invites technical papers from all Academicians/ individuals/companies associated with engineering design, analysis, testing, instrumentation, research on Fatigue Durability & Fracture Mechanics or related technologies .

The Authors are encouraged to submit paper on the following themes, but not limited to

Call for Papers // Fatigue Durability India 2016 // Publishing Partner Springer

Choose a channel featured in the header of iMechanica: 

FatigueDurability India 2016 invites technical papers from all Academicians/ individuals/companies associated with engineering design, analysis, testing, instrumentation, research on Fatigue Durability & Fracture Mechanics or related technologies .

The Authors are encouraged to submit paper on the following themes, but not limited to

CONCREEP-10 Conference

CONCREEP-10,  the 10th Conference on Mechanics and Physics of Creep, Shrinkage and Durability of Concrete and Concrete Structures, will be organized  by the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) in cooperation with the Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE (EMI).  The conference will be held on September 21-23, 2015 at the  Vienna University of Technology in Vienna, Austria.  It will be chaired by Prof. Christian Hellmich, Prof. Johann Kollegger, and Prof. Bernhard Pichler, all of TU Wien.

Durability of Reinforced concrete from Composition to Protection

The 6th International PhD Student Workshop on Durability of Reinforced
Concrete will be held in Delft, The Netherlands, during July 4 and 5,
2013, hosted by TUDelft. After a series of successful workshops, most
recently in Espoo (2012), Madrid (2010) and Guimarães (2009), IPSW2013
will be held under the auspices of RILEM EAC (Educational Activities
Committee), aiming to bring together young researchers in the field of
durability of concrete.

Proceedings

Dear all,

 

Proceedings of the V International PhD workshop dealing with durability of concrete, which was held in Finland in February, have been published. The publication is available for free download at:  http://www.vtt.fi/inf/pdf/technology/2012/T65.pdf . Many interesting and innovative topic, dealing both with experimental and numerical research of concrete durability, are presented.

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PhD students in Structural Engineering - Computational methdos for the durability of photovoltaics

ERC Starting Research Grant (IDEAS) on Multi-field and multi-scale computational approach to design and durability of photovoltaic modules

Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Ing. Marco Paggi

 

CALL FOR PhD STUDENTS (Jan 2013 – Dec 2015; application: deadline in summer 2012)

Structural Engineer / FE Analyst

TitanX is strengthening its numerical simulation capabilities. As part of this process, we are looking for two additional FE Analysts.

Concrete cracking and durability (first entry)

Hi all,

I am a PhD researcher working on relationship between cracking of concrete and its durability, using both experimental and numerical approaches. The work is being carried out at Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands. For anyone interested, here is the webpage of the project:

microlab-m3c4.blogspot.com

Please feel free to send us any comments, suggestions, and possible collaboration proposals using the contact details provided on the website.

 Branko

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Pushing Mechanics to the Up Front of Design

When a mechanical engineer and a material scientist were asked for the root cause of an in-vivo fracture. Mechanical engineer pointed to the loading and the material scientist pointed to the processing. While they both are correct, they both also missed the real ROOT cause, the design.

It is very common that medical device design engineers are so focused on the device functionality that often the very basic mechanics is overlooked. Lack of knowledge on the in-vivo environment (Design Requirements) is another subject to blame. However, it is common that even technology driven companies have gaps between design department and duarability deparment. Up front design engineers do not necessarily keep up with the fast paces of material advances. On the other hand, downstram subject matter experts, device tesing teams or often the R&D departments are not informed of design changes before the design is fixed. The problem is worse often in industrial leaders than in start-ups, but the sympton is the same, problem found in animal studies and/or clinical trials before they reached industrial subject matter experts.

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