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Computational Mechanics Luxembourg 2018. Lab report.

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- Highly Cited Clarivate Analytics  

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- Short courses and new Master Programme

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Ajeet Kumar's picture

Effect of surface elasticity on extensional and torsional stiffnesses of isotropic circular nanorods

We present a continuum formulation to obtain simple expressions demonstrating the effects of surface residual stress and surface elastic constants on extensional and torsional stiffnesses of isotropic circular nanorods. Unlike the case of rectangular nanorods, we show that the stiffnesses of circular nanorods also depend on surface residual stress components. This is attributed to non-zero surface curvature inherent in circular nanorods.

Cai Shengqiang's picture

Journal club for January 2018: Recent advances in liquid crystal elastomer

Recent advances in liquid crystal elastomer

Zhijian Wang, Shengqiang Cai

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering Program


mohsenzaeem's picture

Metastable phase transformation and deformation twinning induced hardening-stiffening mechanism in compression of silicon nanoparticles

The compressive mechanical responses of silicon nanoparticles with respect to crystallographic orientations are investigated by atomistic simulations. Superelastic and abrupt hardening-stiffening behaviors are revealed in [110]-, [111]- and [112]-oriented nanoparticles. The obtained hardness values of these particles are in good agreement with the experimental results. In particular, [111]-oriented particle is extremely hard since its hardness (∼33.7 GPa) is almost three times greater than that of the bulk silicon (∼12 GPa).

Mike Ciavarella's picture

An inspiring seminar by Prof. Huajian Gao -- Mechanics as an Enabling tool in bioinspired materials and biological interactions of nanomaterials

Professor Huajian Gao of Brown University speaks at MIT Distinguished Seminar Series (March 2016).

It is a unique opportunity to enjoy the many important recent achievements of Huajian's group.

Mechanics as an Enabling tool in bioinspired materials and biological interactions of nanomaterials


Not to be missed!

SHEN Zhiyuan's picture

Regarding to the effective elastic property of a double-layered perforation

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Dear Friends, Attached please find a doc describing the problem. Any feed back is welcome. Thanks!

Antonio Papangelo's picture

Multiple spatially localized dynamical states in friction-excited oscillator chains

  • Journal of Sound and Vibration


A. Papangelo (a,*), N. Hoffmann (a,b), A. Grolet (c), M. Stender (a), M. Ciavarella (d)

a) Hamburg University of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 1, 21073, Hamburg, Germany

b) Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2AZ, UK

29th Robert J. Melosh Competition - Call for Applicants & Papers

Twenty-ninth edition of the Annual Robert J. Melosh Competition at Duke University  Duke University will host on April 27, 2018 the XXIX Annual Robert J. Melosh Competition for best papers by graduate (or recently graduated) students. The deadline for extended abstract submission is January 22, 2018.

Mike Ciavarella's picture

Fontanela instability in non-linear oscillators with cyclic symmetry

I wanted to bring attention to the very important Fontanela et al recent results in vibrations of cyclic structures like in turbine engines.

ahmedettaf's picture

Can you "chop" a mechanical wave?

In this paper we highlight several interesting phenomena that may emerge from coupling simple elastic systems like 1d bars. While in compostes we usually focus on wave propagation normal to the stratification direction (composite layers are coupled in series), here we show that extreme attenuation at multiple frequencies may emerge in linear systems that are coupled transversaly. We also introduce a simple device that act as a chopper for mechanical signals.

Refat_Islam's picture

Poisson Contraction and Fiber Kinematics in Tissue: Insight from Collagen Network Simulations

Connective tissue mechanics is highly non-linear, exhibits a strong Poisson effect and is associated with significant collagen fiber re-arrangement. Although the general features of the stress-strain behavior in tension and compression and under uniaxial, biaxial and shear loading have been discussed extensively, especially from the macroscopic perspective, the Poisson effect and the kinematics of filaments have received less attention. In general, the relationship between the microscopic fiber network mechanics and the macroscopic experimental observations remains poorly defined.

About periodic BC for large mesh in ABAQUS

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Hi all,

Perfectly matched layers



I am looking for a practical reference/example on how to implement the perfectly matched layers for mechanical problems in a Finite Element code. I want to model a plate where it is surrounded by the PML from all sides, like a piece of earth crust surrounded by the land. The sources which I see for PML, are mostly in the area of electromagnetics.


Your inputs are appreciated.


zhan-sheng guo's picture

Stress induced by diffusion, curvature, and reversible electrochemical reaction in bilayer lithium-ion battery electrode plates

In this paper, a new reaction-diffusion model, coupling the reversible electrochemical reaction, Lithium (Li) diffusion, and bending, is proposed to investigate the curvature, neutral axis movement, and stress in bilayer electrode. Bending curvature and stress, for the first time, are analytically and numerically investigated relate to both the diffusion and the reversible electrochemical reaction. The results reveal that the reversible electrochemical reaction retards the lithiation process, leading to the slowing down of diffusion process.

Fan Xu's picture

Photo-controlled patterned wrinkling of liquid crystalline polymer films on compliant substrates

Photo-chromic liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) is a type of smart materials which are sensitive to light. Here we harness its photo-mechanical response to flexibly control surface patterning, through modeling a film involving homeotropic nematic liquid crystals with director perpendicular to the polymer film attached on a compliant substrate. Theoretical and numerical analyses were conducted to explore the surface instability of such film/substrate systems under both uniform and non-uniform illuminations by ultraviolet (UV) light, respectively.

Guoyong Mao's picture

Morphology of voltage-triggered ordered wrinkles of a dielectric elastomer sheet

Wrinkles have attracted a lot of attention in the fields of material science and engineering applications. And dielectric elastomer is a potential smart material which has advantages including large deformation, light weight, high energy density, quick response and et al. We try to use DE to make a wrinkle structure which is quick response and reversible easily.

Yongle Sun's picture

Dynamic compressive behaviour of cellular materials: a review of phenomenon, mechanism and modelling

Dynamic compressive behaviour of cellular materials is crucial to their applications in energy absorption, ballistic mitigation and blast/impact protection. The recent research progress in this subject has led to an improved understanding of the experimental, analytical and numerical observations. This review focuses on the aspects ofphenomena, mechanisms and modelling on the concerned subject.

Matt Pharr's picture

Lab-on-Skin: A Review of Flexible and Stretchable Electronics for Wearable Health Monitoring

Skin is the largest organ of the human body, and it offers a diagnostic interface rich with vital biological signals from the inner organs, blood vessels, muscles, and dermis/epidermis. Soft, flexible, and stretchable electronic devices provide a novel platform to interface with soft tissues for robotic feedback and control, regenerative medicine, and continuous health monitoring.


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