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Portuguese version of cadec-online available

The Protuguese version of is available. Previous versions include English, Spanish, and Farsi. English is the base version for the developement of the app. I did the Spanish translation. Farsi and Portuguese were done by volunters. We are looking for volunteers for other translations. pls contact me if interested.  

Looking for a postdoc position in US

Hi, all,

I am Kun Luan, a doctoral graduate from China. I am now looking for a postdoc position in damage tolerance, failure analysis, and fracture mechanics for composite materials, and advanced numerical methods for structural analysis. I already got my PhD degree of engineering in March 26,2014.  

Composite crushing + CZONE application


I am modelling a crushing simulation of a composite corrugated coupon using Abaqus/Explicit and CZONE Abaqus' application.

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PhD Position Available in Multifunctional Composite Materials

One PhD position is available immediately in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University, NY, US.  The research program focuses on the mechanics and multifunctional applications of 3D periodic composite materials including shape memory, acoustic/elastic wave propagation, and energy harvesting. The candidates with background in solid mechanics and finite element analysis are highly encouraged to apply. 

Ph.D. position in the framework of FP7-Marie Curie-ITN Endure

Institution:  POLITECNICO di MILANO – Italy

Ph.D. Supervisor:  Prof. Valter Carvelli

Funding Availability: 
FP7-Marie Curie-ITN Endure

Postdoctoral Position Available at University of Western Ontario,Canada

Position is available for a postdoctoral fellow to carry out an industry sponsored project on carbon fiber composite modeling. The contract is initiated for one year, with possible extension if work progresses satisfactorily. The research will focus on

 (1)  micromechanics modeling of elastic and viscoplastic behavior of injection molded carbon fiber composites;

 (2)  homogenization techniques and constitutive model development for vibration, strength and impact simulations of carbon fiber composites.

Comparing experimental fracture properties and micromechanical (or global-local/multiscale) finite element simulations

I am interested in developing a global-local finite element model (micro/macro) to simulate flexural testing of a composite material. Flexural loading will be applied on global model (macro) and crack propagation will be simulated in the local model (micro). I want to compare stress intensity factor or any other fracture property obtained from local model (micro) with that of experimental results.

I would appreciate if anyone could suggest some references/literature in this area. Any kind of suggestions would be great!


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Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Mechanics of Composite Materials at IMDEA Materials

The research group of Structural Composites at IMDEA Materials (Madrid, Spain), led by Dr. Cláudio S. Lopes and Dr. Carlos González, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of multiscale computational analysis of composite structures. Candidates with strong background knowledge on computational damage mechanics, model development, and on numerical simulation of advanced composite materials and structures are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience in experimental mechanical testing of composites is highly valued.


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Postdoctoral position in Multiscale Computational Analysis of Composite Materials (Madrid, Spain)

IMDEA Materials Institute (Madrid,sapin) seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher (PhD degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace, or related) to work in the field of multiscale computational analysis of composite materials. Candidates with strong background knowledge in computational multiscale damage mechanics, and on the numerical simulation of advanced composites are strongly encouraged to apply. A general knowledge in materials science is highly valued.


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PhD opportunities at recently funded a €25 million Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI).

5 PhD Opportunities in Composite Materials and Structural Testing in Marine Renewable Energy

The PhDs are being funded at the National University of Ireland, Galway as part of the SFI Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Centre, starting from September/October this year.

The positions are as follows:

1. Application of Low-Cost, High Performance Thermoset Materials to Marine Renewable Energy Device Structures

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Wear-out models for composite materials fatigue, and the "strange case" of Kassapoglou's "too good to be true" model

Wear-out models have been very successful for fitting probabilistic SN
curves of composite materials.  The "strength-life equal rank
wear-out models for fatigue of composite materials were
first presented by Hahn and Kim [1], and later as a fitting approach to fatigue
data by Sendeckyj [2].

Can anyone suggest a lab for me to manufacture CNT reinforced ceramic composites

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Dear colleagues,

 I'm a graduate student from University of Pittsburgh. I want to make a CNT reinforced ceramic composites (woven structure), but cannot find people to make it for us. Can anyone introduce me any labs or company who can help me? Thanks!



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How to find material parameters for Abaqus PDA

The PDA model implemented in Abaus is an implementation of the idea of the cohesive zone model (CZM), which is quite popular for the analysis of delaminations, but PDA is for intralaminar damage. The problem my group faced when trying to use PDA was "where do we get the material parameters?"  We asked around in blogs and such but could not find a definitive answer. So, we went to work and came up with a methodology that may serve you.

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New book: FEA of composites using Abaqus

New textbook includes an explanation of the concepts involved in the detailed analysis of composites, a sound explanation of the mechanics needed to translate those concepts into a mathematical representation of the physical reality, and a detailed explanation of the solution of the resulting boundary value problems by using commercial Finite Element Analysis software such as Abaqus.

Finite Element Analysis Developer position with Convergent Manufacturing Technologies Inc.

Convergent Manufacturing Technologies Inc. (, a small but growing university spin-off company located on the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus, is a world-leader in virtual manufacturing for the aerosapce industry. We develop specialized engineering simulation software and provide engineering support to the leading aerospace companies world-wide.

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Modelling of fiber failure in Abaqus

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Fiber Modelling of fiber failure in Abaqus ABAQUS, Fiber failure, failure criteria , Fiber Composite  , composite I am presently working on modelling of fiber failure inof a composite lamina on ABAQUS. After researching a lot, Even after researching a lot, I haven't been able to find a damage criteria which  can depict natural failure in of a fiber. I do not want to induce a crack in it and break it or put in a cohesive layer. I want to break it as it breaks naturally. 

Postdoc and PhD positions at Arizona State University

One postdoc and several PhD student positions are available at Arizona State University for fall 2012. Research background in at least one of the following areas is preferred.

1. Fatigue and fracture of materials and structures

2. Computational mechanics and micromechanics

3. Damage detection for composite materials

Interested candidates please send application documents to


Determination of residual stresses by ESPI-HD method

We have an equipment and technology for determination of residual stresses. They are based on the hole-drilling method and electron speckle
interferometry (ESPI-HD method).

Computer Aided Design Environment for Composites (CADEC)

CADEC is an online application that performs composite materials analysis as described in the textbook Introduction to Composite Materials Design-- Second Edition, CRC, 2010.
This web application implements the equations for:

  • Micromechanics
  • Ply Mechanics
  • Macromechanics
  • Strength
  • Damage
  • Fabric-Reinforced Composites
  • and Beams

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New Release of General Purpose Micromechanics Code: VAMUCH 3.0

I am writing to let you know the release of VAMUCH 3.0,  the 3rd version of our general-purpose micromechanics code. The main new features are:

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VABS 3.6 Reduces Realistic Composite Blade Modeling to Seconds

AnalySwift, LLC, a leading provider of efficient high-fidelity modeling software for aerospace and energy composites and other advanced materials, announced today the release of VABS 3.6. This is the latest version of VABS, which is the tool of choice for efficient and accurate modeling of composite slender structures such as wind turbine blades, helicopter rotor blades, high aspect ratio wings, composite bridges, and other slender structural components.

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WCCM 2012 - Mini symposium on Computational Damage Mechanics of Composite Materials

I am co-organizing a mini-symposium on « Computational damage mechanics of composite materials »  in the World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM 2012) with Dr. Gilles Lubineau at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Dr. Glaucio H. Paulino at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Image-Based Simulation Workshop

WORKSHOP: Image-based Simulation for Biomechanics, Materials Applications, and Reverse Engineering

This workshop is aimed at those interested in 3D reconstruction from radiology images, and in using 3D image data (as obtained from CT, Micro-CT, MRI and Ultrasound) to generate Rapid Prototyping, CAD, and Finite Element models.

flexural rigidities of orthotropic composite laminates

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Dear all,

Iam working in composite orthotropic laminates consists of many plies having different material properties in each ply. How to determine or calculate the flexural rigidity (D) of this laminate by transforming these composite into an isotropic model. The idea is that flexural rigidity of the orthotropic laminate is being smeared into a single isotropic formulation.

For instance: if I have three plies:

Ply1 : D1x and D1y

Ply2: D2x and D2y

Ply3: D3x and D3y


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