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Journal Club for October 2020: Toughening Transparent Ceramics with Bio-inspired Architectures

Toughening Transparent Ceramics with Bio-inspired Architectures

Zhen Yin (1, 2)

1 McGill University, Canada

2 Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany

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Journal Club for June 2020: Mechanically instructive biomaterials: a synergy of mechanics, materials and biology


Mechanically instructive biomaterials: a synergy of mechanics, materials and biology

Zhenwei Ma, Jianyu Li

Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada


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Microscopic and Long-wave instabilities in soft fiber composites

Dear Colleagues,

Our paper on elastic instabilities in soft fiber composites recently got published in International Journal of Engineering Science. In this paper, we explore how the stiffening behavior of composites phases influences the development of instabilities and associated buckling patterns. To do that, we use non-Gaussian hyperleastic  model to define the constitutive behavior of phases. 

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A finite element formuation for a direct approach to elastoplasticity in special Cosserat rods

A finite element formulation is presented for a direct approach to model elastoplastic deformation in slender bodies using the special Cosserat rod theory. The direct theory has additional plastic strain and hardening variables, which are functions of just the rod's arc-length, to account for plastic deformation of the rod. Furthermore, the theory assumes the existence of an effective yield function in terms of stress resultants, i.e., force and moment in the cross-section and cross-section averaged hardening parameters.

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PhD positions starting in 2021


We are looking for candidates to join the Utah Waves and Architected Materials Group . We have fully funded openings for undergrads, MS and PhD. 


Applicants with track record / experience / expertise / strong passion in ANY ONE of the following technical fields are especially valued:

·        Finite element simulations

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Two Post-Doc Positions, in Unified Mechanics Theory

Two Post-Doc Positions are available, Unified Mechanics Theory will be adopted for High Entropy Alloys.

Two Post-doctoral Researchers are sought to work on the H2020-SPACE project ATLAS (Advanced Design of High Entropy Alloys Based Materials for Space Propulsion)

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EML Webinar on October 28, 2020 on Multi-scale and Trans-scale Analysis in Particle-laden Turbulence

EML Webinar on 28 October 2020 will be given by Prof. Xiaojing Zheng, Lanzhou University. Discussion leader: Prof. Yujie Wei, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Title: Multi-scale and Trans-scale Analysis in Particle-laden Turbulence

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PhD position in Soft Robotics

We have a fully-funded 3-year PhD position in Soft Robotics starting in early 2021 in the Center for Soft Robotics at SDU Biorobotics, University of Southern Denmark (SDU).

If you have any questions about this position please contact Associate Prof. Ahmad Rafsanjani (ahra [at] mmmi [dot] sdu [dot] dk).  

Apply online: 
Deadline: December 1, 2020


PhD openings in mechanics and adaptive structures at Stony Brook University

Several fully funded Ph.D. positions are available in the Dynamic Structures Laboratory at Stony Brook University. The intended starting semester is Spring/Fall 2021.

Fully funded PhD position on machine learning for scientific computing at Stony Brook University

A fully supported PhD position with an emphasis on machine learning and scientific computing is available in the Civil Engineering Department at Stony Brook University under the guidance of Dr. Georgios Moutsanidis. The desired start date is Fall 2021. 


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Discussion of fracture paper #27 - Phase-field modelling of cracks and interfaces

Landau and Ginzburg formulated a theory that includes the free energy of phases, with the purpose to derive coupled PDEs describing the dynamics of phase transformations. Their model with focus on the phase transition process itself also found many other applications, not the least because many exact solutions can be obtained. During the last few decades, with focus on the bulk material rather than the phase transition, the theory has been used as a convenient tool in numerical analyses to keep track of cracks and other moving boundaries.

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EML Webinar on October 21, 2020: 3D Printing Functional Materials and Devices

EML Webinar on 21 October 2020 will be given by Michael Mcalpine, University of Minnesota. Discussion Leader: Sheng Xu, UCSD.

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Fully funded PhD positions available in Materials Science and Engineering at Tampere University, Finland

Fully funded, four year PhD positions in Materials Science and Engineering available at Tampere University, Finland.  

Application deadline: 29th Oct 2020 (apply as soon as possible!)

Refer: for more details and to apply for these positions.  

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Funded PhD position available at Penn State

Interested students can apply here . A multi-year fully funded PhD research assistantship in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics is available. The project focuses on in situ monitoring of microstructure variation and residual stress during the powder bed fusion additive manufacturing process.

SES Virtual Technical Meeting Poster Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the SES Virtual Technical Meeting 'poster competition' for most watched prerecorded video in 8 topic categories, with hundreds of views! Winners are announced on These videos can still be viewed by logging in at

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[Call for Abstracts] 2021 APS March Meeting (virtual, March 15-19) 02.01.15 Physics of Bio-Inspired Materials (Due: October 23, 2020)

Dear Colleagues,

We are organizing a focus session on "02.01.15 Physics of Bio-Inspired Materials (DSOFT, DBIO, DPOLY) [same as 04.01.42, 01.01.54]" for the 2021 American Physical Society Meeting (March 15-19), which will be an online meeting. This session covers most of the classical and emerging research topics of bio-inspired materials.

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Dual-phase nanostructuring as a route to high-strength magnesium alloys, Wu, Chan, Zhu, Sun, Lu, Science, 2017


Graduate research assistant position available

The IRDS analytics lab ( at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMassD) has a fully-funded PhD position. The graduate student will be working on an exciting project related to the dynamics of locally resonant structures and machine learning techniques with application to source localization. This position will involve working closely with a multidisciplinary team from UMassD, UMass Lowell and NUWC.

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Heterogeneous lamella structure unites ultrafine-grain strength with coarse-grain ductility, Wu, Yang, Yuan, Wu Wei, Huang, Zhu, PNAS, 2015


A novel heterogeneous lamella structure in Ti is created, which is as strong as the ultrafine-grained Ti and simultaneously as ductile as the coarse-grained Ti, with higher strain hardening than the coarse-grained Ti.


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