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Latest progresses on the phase field model for brittle fracture

Dear Fracture mechanician,

In my group we published 2 articles with novelties on the phase field model for brittle fracture:


Emilio Martínez Pañeda's picture

A cohesive zone framework for environmentally assisted fatigue (code included)

I hope some of you find this work interesting, the code with the cohesive zone model for fatigue can be downloaded as a user element (UEL) subroutine for Abaqus from

A cohesive zone framework for environmentally assisted fatigue

Susana del Busto, Covadonga Betegón, Emilio Martínez Pañeda

Engineering Fracture Mechanics (2017)

Rui Xiao's picture

Recent Work "Modeling the Energy Storage and Structural Evolution during Finite Viscoplastic Deformation of Glassy Polymers"

The enthalpic response of amorphous polymers depends strongly on their thermal and deformation history. Annealing just below the glass transition temperature (Tg) causes a large endothermic overshoot of the isobaric heat capacity at Tg as measured by differential scanning calorimetry, while plastic deformation (cold work) can erase this overshoot and create an exothermic undershoot. This indicates that a strong coupling exists between the polymer structure, thermal response and mechanical deformation.

Teng Li's picture

CiteScore 2016 indicates soaring impact of Extreme Mechanics Letters

CiteScore is an impact factor based on a 3-year citation window, calculated using data from the Scopus database. CiteScore is free to use, comprehensive and transparent.

Frank Richter's picture

Bone remodeling: Komarova model

Dear Community,

I make a code public for bone remodeling, using the Komarova model. It was developed by me alone. I provide the code as is, without warranty.

The agreement between my data and the ones from a reference are very good for fixed loading, but deviate for a more intricate loading. Lacking access to Abaqus with a Fortran compiler, I am at present unable to pinpoint the cause for the discrepancy between my data and data from the reference. The code can serve as a starting point and I give directions how to identify the cause for that discrepancy.

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PhD positions in mechanics of advanced materials at the University of Minnesota

PhD positions in the broad area of mechanics of advanced materials and metamaterials are available in the group of Prof. Stefano Gonella ( at the University of Minnesota.

Current topics of interest include: 1) Nonlinear metamaterials, including soft architected lattices; 2) Topological and non-reciprocal metamaterials; 3) Tunable and programmable multifunctional materials and structures.

mohsenzaeem's picture

Investigating phase formations in cast AlFeCoNiCu high entropy alloys by combination of computational modeling and experiments

Selection and thermal stability of phases are important in design of high entropy alloys (HEA). In this study, phase formations in cast AlFeCoNiCu HEA were investigated. Ab-initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations were used to determine crystal structures of phases at different temperatures in equiatomic composition of AlFeCoNiCu. The AIMD results showed a possible coexistence of a face-centered cubic (fcc) phase and a bodycentered cubic (bcc) phase at the room temperature and indicated stabilization of a single fcc phase above 1070 K at the equiatomic composition of AlFeCoNiCu.

Regarding implementation of an integration scheme which avoids the need of contact surface segmentation.

Dear All,

As FEA is one of the most popular methods for the treatment of contact problems. In that, the overall contact surface is discretized a number of segments and contact integrals are evaluated in a segment-wise manner. In 2005 Fischer and Wriggers [1] presented an integration method which avoids the need of contact surface segmentations and enables the evaluation of contact integrals directly at the slave nodes of contact bodies. 

A ``small'' but interesting riddle from the theory of vibrations

A ``small'' but interesting riddle from the basic theory of vibrations. Haven't run into it in any physics/classical mechanics text/reference.

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Postdoc positions in Nonlinear Solid Mechanics, MIT

I am in search of two postdocs to join my group, at MIT, on September 1st , 2017, or earlier. These positions will provide a unique flexibility in choice of research topic which will, in general, target problems in nonlinear solid mechanics. See our group website ( for more information on our present research thrusts. Though our primary focus is on theoretical mechanics, candidates with experimental and computational experience are also encouraged to apply.

Best journals in the field of welding

Please introduce the best journals and conferences in the field of welding. 

Thank you in advance



3D-printing biomimetic structures to reveal the mechanics of natural systems

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Michael M Porter 

Natural Engineering Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University; Zucker Graduate Education Center, N. Charleston, SC, 29405

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On a systematic approach for cracked rotating shaft study: breathing mechanism, dynamics and instability

We present a systematic approach to deal with the modelling and analysis of the cracked rotating shafts behaviour. We begin by revisiting the problem of modelling the breathing mechanism of the crack.

Here we consider an original approach based on the form we give to the energy of the system and then identify the mechanism parameters using 3D computations with unilateral contact conditions on the crack lips.

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Is the study of Low Cycle Fatigue (LCF) and cyclic plasticity useful for biomedical metals?

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I would like to open a discussion in relation to the following question:

"Is the study of Low Cycle Fatigue (LCF) and cyclic plasticity useful for biomedical metals?"

It appears that there is some level of misunderstanding around this issue. Thus, I would be very interested to find out the views of iMechanica community engineers and researchers working on biomedical metals and applications (i.e. implants) on this.

Mike Ciavarella's picture

A very simple estimate of adhesion of hard solids with rough surfaces based on a bearing area model

"A very simple estimate of adhesion of hard solids with rough surfaces based on a bearing area model" is in press in Meccanica, can be viewed at Abstract In the present note, we suggest a single-line equation estimate for adhesion between elastic(hard) rough solids with Gaussian multiple scales of roughness.

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A theoretical study on the piezoresistive response of carbon nanotubes embedded in polymer nanocomposites in an elastic region

Herein, we report a theoretical study of polymeric nanocomposites to provide physical insight into complex material systems in elastic regions. A self-consistent scheme is adopted to predict piezoresistive characteristics, and the effects of the interface and of tunneling on the effective piezoresistive and electrical properties of the nanocomposites are simulated. The overall piezoresistive sensitivity is predicted to be reduced when the lower interfacial resistivity of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and the higher effective stiffness of nanocomposites are considered.

Measuring the relative density of open cell metal foams


I would like to know how to measure the density of open cell porous iron foam. I am studying the mechanical behavior of pure iron foams for which I need to compare the relative densities of different foam samples. Could the density of the foams be simply calculated by the mass over the bulk volume (volume of the struts + volume of the pores) of the foam? Can I use Archimedes principle to calculate the foam density given that I have open cells? What is the best method to calculate the foam density? 

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