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Journal Club for June 2021: Viscoelastic metamaterials

We discuss the state of the art and recent advances on the interplay between viscoelasticity and mechanical instabilities and metamaterials.

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EML Webinar

  • Mark your calendar: every Wednesday at 10 am Boston, 3 pm London, 4 pm Paris, 10 pm Beijing.
  • Join live webinars in two ways: Zoom (for attending the lecture and participating in the discussion) or YouTube Live Stream.
  • Watch videos of past EML Webinars on YouTube or Weibo.
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Webinar, June 25, 2021, WANG TILES FOR MODULAR (META)MATERIALS, Jan Zeman

                                         June 25, 2021, 5:00 - 7:00 PM CET 


                      Prof. Jan Zeman, Czech Technical University, Prague


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Webinar, Federico Bosia, June 11

On June 11, 2021, in the framework of the PRIN2015 METAMATERIALS WEBINARS series, prof. Federico Bosia from Politecnico di Torino has held the webinar 


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An assessment of phase field fracture: crack initiation and growth

Dear iMechanicians,

We have contributed to the Special Issue organised by the Royal Society on occasion of the centenary of Griffith's seminal paper with a paper revisiting phase field fracture methods and their connection with conventional fracture mechanics theory. I hope that you find it of interest. (


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Computing wrinkling and restabilization of stretched sheets based on a consistent finite-strain plate theory

It was reported both in experiments and computations using some classical plate theories that wrinkles can appear in a uniaxially stretched rectangular hyperelastic film with clamped-clamped boundaries and can be suppressed upon further tension. Here, based on a recently-available consistent finite-strain plate theory, we investigate this complex instability problem with isola-center bifurcation (the nontrivial solution curve begins and ends at two distinct points on the trivial line) in more depth and present an efficient numerical algorithm.

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Two Ph.D. Positions Available in Additive Manufacturing and All-Solid-State Batteries at Penn State University

PhD positions with full financial support in the form of research assistant/teaching assistant are immediately available in the Department of Material Science and Department of Industrial and Manufacturing at Penn State University, starting Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. 

Position 1: Additive Manufacturing of Smart and Composite Materials (Polymer or Ceramic based Materials) 

Position 2: All-Solid-State Batteries

Openings for project assistants in mechanics & computation @IISc Bangalore

The Mechanics & Computation lab in the Mechanical Engineering Dept at IISc Bangalore has multiple openings for project assistants:


Post #1: Design & analysis of 3D printed lattices

Essential requirements:

  • Expertise in Abaqus (standard + explicit)
  • Good grasp of basic strength of materials
  • Hands-on experience with 3D printing of plastics


Post #2: Experimental mechanics

PhD position in characterizing and modeling battery materials

One or two positions are available for a student to undertake a fully funded Ph.D. in Engineering at Louisiana Tech University understanding the detailed structure of the complicated heterogeneous materials in lithium ion batteries. Expected start date is Sept. or Nov. of 2021.


  • B.S. in Engineering (Chemistry or Physics backgrounds are also suitable).
  • Meet graduate school TOEFL/IELTS scores
  • Competitive GRE
  • An interest in multi-disciplinary research in materials


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PhD Position in Biomembrane Modeling at Binghamton University

One PhD position with full financial support in the form of research assistant/teaching assistant is immediately available in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Binghamton University (SUNY), starting Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. This specific position is focused on the development of multiscale modeling of nanoplastic-biomembrane interactions combining continuum elasticity theory and particle-based simulation methods. The student will work in a diverse and inclusive research team and collaborate with experimentalists at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Postdoctoral Position Available in United Arab Emirates within the Khalifa University Advanced Digital & Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) Center

A postdoctoral fellow research position is availabe immediately in the Advanced Digital & Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) center at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates. Applicants should demonstrate research capabilities in computational modeling and experimentation in the area of additive manufacturing (3D printing).

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Effects of Cleavage Plane and Material Strength on Fracture of Polycrystalline Brittle Materials: A Phase-Field Modeling Study

A modified phase-field model for fracture is presented which includes the material strength and cleavage planes to quantitatively predict the crack propagation path and the mechanical response in polycrystalline brittle materials. Computational Materials Science 197 (2021) 110642 (11 pages).

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Multiple Postdoc and PhD Open Positions in Polymer Modeling and Machine-Learning at University of Connecticut

Postdoc Open Positions

Postdoc positions with financial support (up to 3 years) are immediately available in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut (UConn).

Required Degree:

Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics, Chemical, Mechanical, or Civil Engineering, Material Science, Condense Matter Physics, or Computational Chemistry.

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Jerry Ericksen 1924-2021

Dear colleagues,

I'm writing to bring to your notice the sad news that Prof. Jerry Ericksen of the University of Minnesota passed away on June 11th 2021.


Kaushik Dayal

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A postdoc opening at UCLA

There is an immediate opening of a postdoctoral researcher in the Mechanics of Soft Materials Lab ( in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The research will be on experimental mechanics of soft materials, and fabrication of soft machines. The successful candidate should have a PhD degree with expertise in experimental polymer materials.

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EML Webinar (Season 2) by Ju Li, on 16 June 2021: Elastic Strain Engineering for Unprecedented Properties

EML Webinar (Season 2) on 16 June 2021 will be given by Ju Li, MIT. Elastic Strain Engineering for Unprecedented Properties. Discussion Leaders: Sulin Zhang, The Pennsylvania State University

Time: 10 am Boston, 3 pm London, 10 pm Beijing on 16 June 2021

PhD position(s) in modeling of the interaction between phase transformations and plasticity

PhD position(s) is available for Spring 2022 in the Engineering Mechanics program in Aerospace Engineering Department at Iowa State University to perform theoretical and computational part of work on NSF-funded projects on the interaction between phase transformations and plasticity. Phase-field, micromechanical, and macroscale simulations using FEM are of interest, in close collaboration with high-pressure experiments performed in our lab. Please send vita to Prof. Valery Levitas ( )

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Critical thresholds for mode-coupling instability in viscoelastic sliding contacts

Mode-coupling instabilities are known to trigger self-excited vibrations in sliding contacts. Here, the conditions for mode-coupling (or "flutter") instability in the contact between a spherical oscillator and a moving viscoelastic substrate are studied. The work extends the classical 2-Degrees-Of-Freedom conveyor belt model and accounts for viscoelastic dissipation in the substrate, adhesive friction at the interface and non-linear normal contact stiffness as derived from numerical simulations based on a boundary element method capable of accounting for linear viscoelastic effects.

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18th European Mechanics of Materials Conference (EMMC18), Oxford, April 4-6 2022

Dear Colleagues,

The next edition of the European Mechanics of Materials Conference (EMMC18) will be held in Oxford, UK, on April 4-6, 2022:

EMMC18 is organised by the Department of Engineering Science of the University of Oxford, under the auspices of the European Mechanics Society, EUROMECH. The conference will take place in the Examinations Schools, in the heart of Oxford. 

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11th European Solid Mechanics Conference ESMC2022, Galway, Ireland, 4 - 8 July, 2022

We are delighted to announce the 11th European Solid Mechanics Conference that will be held at the National University of Ireland Galway, in the city of Galway, Ireland, 4 – 8 July, 2022. The conference website is: The conference is being held under the auspices of the European Mechanics Society (EUROMECH

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PhD Position - Computational Crystal Plasticity

The Advanced Computational Materials Engineering Laboratory (ACME Lab), in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Alabama is seeking qualified candidates for an open PhD position. This position is open to US citizens only.


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