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Dear All, Please see the attachment. We are looking only for an MSc student intern who is enrolled in a Higher Education Institution (in the European Union). The topic is the variational theory of fracture for microchip manufacturing. Connections to a relevant company in France are possible. Please see also, in the attachment, our 2014 Computational Mechanics Lab Report and our best wishes for 2015. Regards, Stéphane and the team. Best wishes for 2015:

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Call for Abstracts: USNCCM13 Minisymposium 414 on Recent Advances in Mesh Adaptivity for Inelasticity, Damage, Crack Propagation and Failure.

In this minisymposium we seek to highlight challenging problems in computational solid mechanics that require mesh adaptation methods for their solution. We focus on the finite element method and works that address large deformations and the accompanying inelasticity, damage, crack propagation and failure. Discussion will center on Lagrangian descriptions and determining the necessary computational components to resolve, preserve, and evolve the fields that govern these processes. Prototypical material systems may include, but are not limited to, ductile metals and biomaterials.

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Discussion of fracture paper #9 - Crack tip modelling

Dear Reader, 

I recently took over as the ESIS blog editor. Being the second in this baton relay, I will do my best to live up to the good reader expectations that has been established by my precursor, who is also one of the instigators of the blog, Wolfgang Brock. 

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Visiting position on fracture mechanics

A colleague of mine wants to find a visiting position on research of fracture mechanics of metals.  His visit is supported by a grant from his institution and he is interested in working with someone on fracture mechanics of metal materials.  Please drop me a line and I shall help you connected.  

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Call for Abstracts; EMI 2015 Stanford

Dear colleagues,

We cordially invite you to submit your contributions to the following minisymposium: Multiscale Modeling and Simulation of Fracture and Fragmentation Processes taking place as part of the Engineering Mechanics Institute conference (JUne 16-19, 2015) at Stanford.

Best Regards,

Ahmed Elbanna*, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
Glaucio Paulino, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA

MS 54: Multiscale Modeling and Simulation of Fracture and Fragmentation Processes

Crack Propagation in Bamboo's Hierarchical Cellular Structure

Bamboo, as a natural hierarchical cellular material, exhibits remarkable mechanical properties including excellent flexibility and fracture toughness. As far as bamboo as a functionally graded bio-composite is concerned, the interactions of different constituents (bamboo fibers; parenchyma cells; and vessels.) alongside their corresponding interfacial areas with a developed crack should be of high significance.

The 2nd Sandia Fracture Challenge is here!

update, 7/24/2014: The information packet ("SFC2-challenge-v5.ppt") is no longer attached to this post (iMechanica has a file size limit of 1 MB, so we can not attach the 6 MB file). IF YOU WOULD LIKE THE INFO PACKET, PLEASE E-MAIL ME, and copy Dr. Sharlotte Kramer, If you have an older version of the information packet, please also e-mail for the newest (v5) info packet.

We intend to send the shear calibration data to all those whose e-mail address I have by August 1st (sorry for the delay!).

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Call for abstracts: “Issues in computational modeling of damage, fracture and fragmentation of solid materials”

As part of the 51st Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science (SES 2014) to be held at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, on October 1-3 2014, it is our pleasure to invite you to submit an abstract to the Symposium “Issues in computational modeling of damage, fracture and fragmentation of solid materials”.

What are the regular iteration steps of cohesive model based FEM for crack problems


         I'm now start to learn cohesive zone model based FEM for crack problems. According the a regular coehsize model (bilinear for example), the relative displacement and the cohesive stress are both unknwon, so iteration is required. My question is that what are the regular iteration steps?



Symposium on Structure, Plasticity and Fracture of Inorganic Glasses in Paris

Dear Colleagues,

we are organizing a symposium on Plasticity and Fracture in Inorganic Amorphous Materials at 

Condensed Matter in Paris 2014

to be held August 23 to 29, 2014. 

Your experimental or theoretical contributions are highly welcome. 
Please don't hesitate to contact us for more information.

The deadline for abstract submission is  April 1st 2014.

Looking forward to seeing you in Paris in August,

Jean-Pierre Guin, Etienne Barhel and Erik Bitzek

Grants for 3rd International Workshop on Physics Based Material Models and Experimental Observations Cesme/Turkey 2-4 June

In 2012 and 2013 we organized very successful Workshops on
"Physics-based material models and experimental observations" funded
by the European Union's Enlargement programme. We cordially invite you to
submit an abstract to the 3rd International Workshop on Physics Based
Material Models and Experimental Observations
to be held on 2-4 June
2014 in Cesme-Izmir/Turkey.

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MM&FGM14: 13th International Conference on Multiscale Modeling and Functionally Graded Materials

Dear Colleagues,

Please consider submitting an abstract to the 13th Internation conference on Multiscale Modeling and Functionally Graded Materials to be held on October 19-22, 2014; in  Taua Resort, SP, Brazi. More information about the conference could be found here:





1st invitation to VAL 2015 conference discussing effects of variable amplitude loading

Dear iMechanicians,

Let me invite you the 3rd International Conference on Material and Component Performance under Variable Amplitude Loading (VAL 2015) taking place in Prague, Czech Republic in March 23-26, 2015. See the details on its website

The conference will discuss among others these primary questions:

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Three-dimensional simulation of crack propagation in ferroelectric polycrystals: Effect of combined toughening mechanisms

We simulate the fracture processes of ferroelectric polycrystals in
three dimensions using a phase-field model. In this model, the grain
boundaries, cracks and ferroelectric domain walls are represented in a
diffuse way by three phase-fields. We thereby avoid the difficulty of
tracking the interfaces in three dimensions. The resulting model can
capture complex interactions between the crack and the polycrystalline
and ferroelectric domain  microstructures. The simulation results show
the effect of the microstructures on the fracture response of the
material. Crack deflection, crack bridging, crack branching and
ferroelastic domain switching are observed to act as the main fracture
toughening mechanisms in ferroelectric polycrystals. Our fully 3-D

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17 th National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics June 15-20 (Michigan State University)

Dear all,

I would like to bring to your attention the following minisymposium that is organized as part of the NCTAM 17 (Michigan State University, June 15-20, 2014)


Friction, Adhesion and Fracture: From microscale physics to macroscale response

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PhD Position in Fracture Mechanics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

The Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology (IVT) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) announces one vacant PhD position in the field of Fracture of Ni-alloys.

ESIS TC4 2014 - Abstract deadline reminder: 25 October 2013

7th International Conference on Fracture of Polymers, Composites and Adhesives - 14-18 September 2014, Eurotel Victoria, Les Diablerets, Switzerland

We are looking for both experimetal and analytical work, in order to give a balanced view of the subject areas:
- Polymers
- Application of fracture mechanics
- Adhesives
- Composites

For more information or to submit your abstract, go to  




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