Pradeep Sharma's picture

Announcing the Launch of the Eshelby-UH Mechanics Award for Young Faculty

It is my pleasure to announce the launch of the "Eshelby-UH Mechanics Award for Young Faculty". This award will be given annually to rapidly emerging junior faculty who exemplify the creative use and development of mechanics. The intent of the award is to promote the field of mechanics, especially among young researchers. While interdisciplinary work that bridges mechanics with physics, chemistry, biology and other disciplines is encouraged, the ideal awardee will demonstrate clear inspiration from mechanics in his/her research.

M.R.Esmaeili's picture

Modeling of Cylindrical shells with variable thickness in ABAQUS


I want to model cylindrical shell that it's thickness varies from top to bottom with this function

 h=h0(1-ε cos(θ)) or each arbitrary function that is vary from top to bottom.How can I do this? 

 Please help me!!! that for my pleasure to be guided with your comments.

My email:

Best Regard

Jianliang Xiao's picture

Prof. Wei Yang to present Calvin W. Rice Lecture at ASME IMECE 2012

Calvin W. Rice Lecture
9:45am- 11:00am, Tuesday, November 13
Wei Yang, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China 
Presentation Title: Dynamic Growth of Research Universities in China

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Prof. Zhigang Suo to present Robert Henry Thurston Lecture at ASME IMECE 2012

Robert Henry Thurston Lecture
10:00am- 12 noon, Monday, November 12
Zhigang Suo, Harvard University
Presentation Title: Soft Materials and Soft Machines

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Xuanhe Zhao will be the next Editor of the iMechanica Journal Club

Xuanhe Zhao, of Duke University, has just accepted our invitation to be the next Editor of the iMechanica Journal Club.  The Journal Club was initiated in January 2007, soon after the launch of iMechanica.  A glance at the list of past Themes and Discussion Leaders gives an impression of vibrant topics and dynamic researchers at the frontier of mechanics.  iMechanica is fortunate to have a succession of excellent Editors.  Xuanhe is an exceptionally creative and energetic researcher:   his reserch is deep and wide-ranging.  We look forward to his leadership, and to many more challenging and charming Themes and Discussion Leaders.        

crack simulation in shell3D plate, abaqus


i wana to investigate effect of crack in lamb wave propagation in composite plate in abaqus software. to this end, i have modeled a composite plate using 3Dshell defomable planar part. Also, i modeled crack using seam tool. i have problem in defining contact between two edges of crack to transmit wave through it. can anybody help me please?

Teng Li's picture

Nanshu Lu honored as one of TR35 Innovators in 2012

Assistant Professor Nanshu Lu  at the University of Texas, Austin is among the 2012 class of MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators under 35  (TR35), with the citation of "soft, flexible electronics bond to skin and even organs for better health monitoring". Since 1999, the editors of Technology Review have honored the young innovators whose inventions and research are likely to be influential for a very long time.

Congratulations on such a distinguished honor! 

La resistenza degli ingranaggi

La resistenza degli ingranaggi

Cuscinetti volventi 2^ parte

Cuscinetti volventi 2^ parte

Stato di tensione e di deformazione in campo elastico

Stato di tensione e di deformazione in campo elastico

lamb's problem

FEM using Ansys 3D beam - GFRP reinforcing bars

Hey there, I am the newbie in Ansys Modelling, and right now I have to model of 3D RC beam reinforcing by GFRP bars.
Anyone here that can give advice or placing any beneficial link to me to refer.

Thank you so much guys.


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abaqus incrementation

hi every one

i have problems with abaqus incrementation , now i do fill min,max and initial increment by trial and error , its not efficiency when running time is much,i will be glad if any one can help my and give me overlook of abaqus incrementation.


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Professor Zhigang Suo will give the Thurston Lecture at the IMECE meeting, Houston, November 2012.

Professor Zhigang Suo will give the Thurston Lecture at the IMECE 2012 meeting, Houston, 10am-noon, 11/14/2012, Wednesday.

contact damping coefficient


 I'm modelling an impact of a rigid body with a deformable plate (shell elements) in the dynamic explicit analysis. When defining contact parameters, I can add the damping coefficient. I'd like to know what value is typical for this parameter? After some computations, I've found that 0,01...0,05 was rather good for my model. Is that a reasonable value?


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run scrip in abaqus

hi every body:


    offsetField='', offsetType=MIDDLE_SURFACE, region=Region(


    mask=('[#1 ]', ), )), sectionName='Section-3', thicknessAssignment=


In the up scrip example, how can be define the "mask" for use in getsequencefrommask?

Yonggang Huang's picture

Congratulations to Professors Jan Achenbach, Zdenek Bazant, Pol Spanos, Zhigang Suo and Wei Yang for receiving the ASME awards

In addition to the ASME awards related to the Applied Mechanics Division, some prestigious society awards will be given to mechanicians at the IMECE, Houston, Texas, in November 2012.

Professor Jan Achenbach  of Northwestern University will receive the ASME Medal.  [ASME Medal, established in 1920, is the highest award that the Society can bestow and is to recognize “eminently distinguished engineering achievement.”  Only one ASME Medal may be awarded annually.]

When will a stiffness matrix become non-symmetric?

Hello, I would like to know under what situation will a stiffness matrix in a FEM problem become non-symmetric? Is there any good reference to this topic? Thanks.

How to design vanes in unsymmetrical elbows

Hi everyone,

I want to ask, does anyone know how to design vanes for unsymmetrical elbow? At least can you give me some calculation recommendations to design it? I am doing air simulation inside ductings for my final project. Thanks all

Safety Factor and Material Factor or Amod, what is the difference?

Hello, everyone! When talking about allowable stress, Safety Factor is introduced. While in offshore engineering, there are allowable stress modifier in API and material factor in NPD. So what is the difference between safety factor and allowable stress modifier or material factor? Are they used in special load conditions?

You help will be appreciated. Many thanks! 

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Ares Rosakis, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Applied Mechanics Division, ASME

Awards will be presented at the AMD Banquet, scheduled on Tuesday, 13 November 2012, during the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, to be held in Houston, Texas, 9-15 November 2012 at the Hilton Americas and the George R. Brown Convention Center.

 2012 Society Awards:

residual stress and strain definitions (through-thickness) in ABAQUS/Explicit

Hello everyone,


I need some help regarding the definition of initial residual stresses and plastic strains in a shell finite element (S4R) model in ABAQUS/Explicit.

I have determined the residual stress distributions and initial plastic strains and I need to assign these distributions to a given element set.

I understand I should be looking at:


 ELSET_A, S11, S22, S33

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