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Journal Club: Stretchy Electronics for Soft Robotics

In essence, we are sensor-clad soft machines capable of myriad intricate tasks. Stripped from proprioceptive feedback, we can no longer walk despite intact locomotor system. Likewise, integration of sensors, complex control loops, or machine learning is crucial in “classical” robotics. This JClub entry discusses recent efforts and challenges of merging soft electronics with robotics.

ASME Soft Materials TC - 2019 annual meeting - IMECE 2020 - Vote for new editor position

Dear Colleagues,

Following up on ASME IMECE 2019 last week, please find attached the slides and minutes of the Soft Materials technical committee meeting.

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Post-doctoral Positions at Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China

Postdoc positions are available at Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China. Those possessing PhDs in the area of computational mechanics, experimental mechanics and material science are sought. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in advanced numerical methods, surrogate modeling/surrogate-based optimization, machine learning methods, uncertainty quantification, data-driven design and optimization,etc.

 

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(Reminder: Due 30th November, 2019) Call for Nominations for the Eshelby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty

It is my pleasure to solicit nominations for the "Eshelby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty". This award, launched in 2012, is 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.

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Open PhD positions for Fall 2020.

Two PhD students are being sought to fill openings in the Gross Materials Lab (group website: andrewjgross.com) at the University of South Carolina. Research activities are focused on the design, fabrication, and characterization of architected materials. Students must be capable coders to be considered. Students interested in or having prior experience with finite element modeling, mechanical property testing, and 3D printing are strongly encouraged to apply.

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University of Southampton Presidential PhD scholarships

The University of Southampton has just opened its call for applications to our prestigious Presidential PhD Scholarships programme. This is targeted at students with exceptional academic records. Applications have to be filed in through a supervisor, with a project. Please consult the UoS website to identify a potential supervisor in the area of research you are interested in.

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EMI 2020 Mini-symposia # 218

Dear Community,

I invite you to submit an abstract in the broad field of Composites Manufacturing and 3D Printing to the MS 218, EMI 2020 to be held at Columbia University in New York. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Jan 15. 2020. The outline for this mini-symposia is attached.

 

Scholarships for Postgraduate Research Students to study at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia

There are several PhD scholarships at School of Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. The scholarship includes the annual stipend AU$27,596 for three years (with possible 6 months extension). The focus of the research will be on topology optimization of structures, materials, and metamaterials.

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

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RA positions available at Penn State

My research group has two RA positions openings in the near term.

One position is in the area of experimental mechanobiology, where we develop force sensors, measure mechanical force history of cells and tissues in vitro, and correlate the force history to cell functions. We target this RA position to be filled in Spring 2020. 

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Postdoc Positions at Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China

Postdoc positions are available in the group of Prof. JG Zhu at Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China. Those possessing PhDs in the area of solid experimental mechanics are sought. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in deformation measurements and nondestructive techniques.

PhD Positions in Mechanical Engineering at NJIT for Fall 2020

There are PhD positions at RAD Lab in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at New
Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The focus of the research will be on creating novel computational
and theoretical models for the dynamics of complex fluids with particular emphasis on particle-laden multiphase flows and biological flows of active matter in the living systems.

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Friction-induced energy losses in mechanical contacts subject to random vibrations

In this paper, we apply the previously developed Method of Memory Diagrams (MMD) to the description of an axisymmetric mechanical contact with friction subject to random vibrations. The MMD belongs to a family of semi-analytical methods of contact mechanics originating from the classical Cattaneo-Mindlin solution; it allows one to efficiently compute mechanical and energetic responses to complex excitation signals such as random or acoustic ones.

A coarse-graining approach for modeling nonlinear mechanical behavior of FCC nano-crystals

The ever-increasing growth of nano-technology has elevated the necessity for development of new computational methods that are capable of evaluating large systems at nano-scale. The existing techniques, such as the molecular dynamics, lack the ability to simulate large systems of practical size and time scales. In order to provide a realistic simulation of large models, the multi-scale methods such as coarse-graining, have therefore become very popular. The coarse-grained models have mostly been used to simulate large biomolecules, such as proteins, lipids, DNA and polymers.

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US National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics - 2019 Newsletter

The U.S. National Committee for TAM is pleased to share its Fall 2019 Newsletter, an annual publication that will be issued each fall. 

 

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Universal Displacements in Linear Elasticity

In nonlinear elasticity, universal deformations are the deformations that exist for arbitrary strain-energy density functions and suitable tractions at the boundaries. Here, we discuss the equivalent problem for linear elasticity. We characterize the universal displacements of  linear elasticity: those displacement fields that can be maintained by applying boundary tractions in the absence of body forces for any linear elastic solid in a given anisotropy class.

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Materials Division events at IMECE and newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

During the ASME-IMECE next week, the Materials Division will host a number of events including plenary lectures, award lectures, and reception. You are cordially invited to these events. 

Track 10 Plenary Sessions:

Zhigang Suo – Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 9:45–10:30 am, Room 255F, Convention Center  

Irene Beyerlein – Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 9:45–10:30 am, Room 155F, Convention Center

 

Award Lectures/Reception (Tuesday, November 12):

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Dynamic Martensitic Phase Transformation in Single-crystal Silver Microcubes

The ability to transform the crystal structure of metals in the solid-state enables tailoring their physical, mechanical, electrical, thermal, and optical properties in unprecedented ways. We demonstrate a martensitic phase transformation from a face-centered-cubic (fcc) structure to a hexagonal-close-packed (hcp) structure that occurs in nanosecond timescale in initially near-defect-free single-crystal silver (Ag) microcubes impacted at supersonic velocities.

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Professor (all ranks) in Manufacturing and Biomanufacturing at the Arizona State University

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (FSE) at Arizona State University (ASU) and the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy are hiring faculty to support a broad initiative in manufacturing and biomanufacturing. In conjunction with that initiative, we seek applicants for tenure-track/tenured faculty positions in the areas of manufacturing of advanced materials (metals, polymers, ceramics, semiconductor, and composites) and biomanufacturing/biofabrication (biomolecules, biomaterials, cells and tissues).

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Littlewood's Curious Hoop: Sliding, Gliding, Jumping, and Rolling Motions

In "Littlewood's Miscelleny" the celebrated mathematician John E. Littlewood noted that a hoop with an attached mass rolling on a ground plane may exhibit self-induced jumping. Subsequent works showed that his analysis was flawed and revealed paradoxical behavior that can be resolved by incorporating the inertia of the hoop.

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On stickiness of multiscale randomly rough surfaces

A new stickiness criterion for solids having random fractal roughness is derived using Persson's theory with DMT-type adhesion. As expected, we find stickiness, i.e., the possibility to sustain macroscopic tensile pressures or else non-zero contact area without load, is not affected by the truncation of the PSD spectrum of roughness at short wavelengths and can persist up to roughness amplitudes orders of magnitude larger than the range of attractive forces.

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Research Assistant Professor and Postdoc Positions at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) /南方科技大学葛锜团队招聘研究助理教授/博士后

Our group at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen China is looking for Research Assistant Professors and Postdocs with backgrounds of material science, mechanics, mechanical engineering or related fields.

Our rearch mainly fouces on  4D printing, functional 3D printing, mechanics of soft materials, soft robotics, flexible electronics.

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CSME Congress 2020 - Symposium on Solid Mechanics

SYMPOSIUM ON SOLID MECHANICS

Symposium Co-Chairs: Dr. Hamid Akbarzadeh and Dr. Dan Romanyk

Call for Papers – Submission Deadline:  January 15, 2020

 

THE SOLID MECHANICS SYMPOSIUM OF CANADIAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

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Ph.D. Research Positions in Bio-Inspired Self-Healing of Cementitious Materials

Ph.D. research positions are available immediately in the Advanced Materials Research Lab at the University of Miami to perform NSF-funded research in the area of bio-inspired self-healing of cementitious materials. Highly motivated applicants are encouraged to send a CV to Dr. Ali Ghahremaninezhad via email at a.ghahremani@miami.edu.

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