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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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EML Webinar

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Keep EML Webinar going!

Keep EML Webinar going by donating at:

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support for Season 2 of EML Webinar by (as of 16 May 2021):

Jimmy Hsia, Zhigang Suo, Ruobing Bai, Teng Li, Liqing Jiao, Grace Gu, Xin Wen, Jianyu Li, Jin Yang, Nitesh Arora, and anonymous donors. 

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EML Webinar (Season 2) by Eduard Arzt, on 19 May 2021: Designing with gaps – functional surfaces for sustainable gripping

EML Webinar (Season 2) on 19 May 2021 will be given by Eduard Arzt, Saarland University. Designing with gaps – functional surfaces for sustainable gripping. Discussion Leaders: Huajian Gao, Nanyang Technological University

Time: 10 am Boston, 3 pm London, 10 pm Beijing on 19 May 2021

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Research Associate position for experimental-numerical analysis of fatigue crack growth in residual stress modified additive manufactured samples; Lüneburg

Leuphana University of Lüneburg stands for innovation in education and scholarship based on the values of a humanistic, sustainable and entrepreneurial university. The collaborative search for knowledge and viable solutions in the areas of education, culture, sustainability as well as management and entrepreneurship defines the university model with its award-winning College, Graduate School and Professional School. Methodological diversity and interdisciplinary cooperation characterize our academic understanding.

Research Associate in the theoretical and computational mechanics of liquid crystal elastomers and glasses - Cambridge

Dr John Biggins is establishing a new experimental and theoretical research activity in the area of liquid crystalline elastomers and glasses (LCE/Gs). These remarkable soft-solids can undergo large reversible and programmed shape changes upon heating or illumination, and the group will target novel mechanics and "artificial-muscle" applications in shape-changing devices.

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Post doc position at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA

Energy, Control and optimization lab(ECO) at Stevens Institute of Technology has two immediate post doc positions.

The candidate should have a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering. Knowlege of Radiation Heat transfer and Energy tranfer in Micro/nano materails is necesssary. 

Please send your CV to, if you have the right background and you can work as post-doc immediately.

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One PhD position in multiscale simulation and characterization of polymer composites at Howard University, Washington, DC

The Sustainable Infrastructure, Geotechnics, and Materials (SIGMa) Lab at Howard University invites applicants for a Ph.D. position in multiscale simulation and characterization of polymer composites starting January 2022. Highly motivated individuals with strong computational, machine learning, microscopy and communication skills are encouraged to apply.



What makes plant cell walls both strong and extensible?-----a collaborative study led by Prof. Sulin Zhang and Prof. Daniel Cosgrove in Science

The plant cell wall possesses an unusual combination of strength and ability to expand without weakening or breaking (a quality required for plant growth), but the molecular basis for these traits has long been unclear. In a collaborative study led by Prof. Sulin Zhang and Prof.

Post Doc Position

Position Title: Post-doctoral Research Associate

Location: School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette

Contact: Prof. Thomas Siegmund,

Start Date: As soon as possible, latest by Fall 2021


Project Title: Bone Hydration to Reduce Microcracking and Fracture Risk

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Postdoc position at Imperial College London on multi-physics modelling

The Mechanics of Infrastructure Materials research group are looking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work in the EPSRC project NEXTGEM. The project, led by Dr Emilio Martínez-Pañeda, aims at combining phase field methods and electro-chemo-mechanics modelling to resolve the scientific challenges holding back the applicability of hydrogen embrittlement models.

Viscoelasticity and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

Viscoelasticity is the property of a material that exhibits some combination of both elastic or spring-like and viscous or flow-like behavior.

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Postdoc position: Impact response of battery structure and system (Johns Hopkins Univ)

The postdoc fellow will work with Associate Research Professor Feng Zhu ( in Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI), a division of Johns Hopkins University.


·         Conduct drop tower and ballistic impact tests on lithium-ion battery cells and system

Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics' live webinar by Prof. MH Ferri Aliabadi - Friday 14 May at 2.30 PM GMT (3.30 PM BST)

Esteemed Colleagues,

this post is to invite you all to attend the next free on-line global live TAFMech webinar on Fracture Mechanics-related topics that will take place this Friday (14/05) at 2.30 PM GMT (3.30 PM BST). The webinar’s details are as follows:


Þ Prof. MH Ferri Aliabadi – Imperial College, London, UK

PhD Position at U. Cote d'Azur (French Riviera)

Université Côte d'Azur and CEMEF Mines ParisTech, in the French Riviera, currently have a Ph.D. position in computational geomechanics.

Postdoc - FE of wind towers - JHU

I am looking to hire a postdoc for a 2 year appointment to work with me on FE simulation of wind turbine tower structures with opportunities for collaboration in uncertainty quantification, other energy structures, other thin-walled structures, and more. I have two active projects on wind turbine towers that include collaborations with one large OEM and one startup manufacturer that will be the primary emphasis of the postdoc.

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PNAS: Compliant 3D frameworks instrumented with strain sensors for characterization of millimeter-scale engineered muscle tissues

In this work published in PNAS (, we present compliant 3D frameworks that incorporate microscale strain sensors for high-sensitivity measurements of contractile forces of engineered optogenetic muscle tissue rings, supported by quantitative simulations.


phase field modelling

Hi I tried to code a basic phase field model for fracture in octave.

It doesn't seem to converge to the correct load. It fails later.

Also mesh refinement did not improve the results.

The link to the GIT is here

Any idea where I am wrong?

Ping me. Thanks in advance.

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PhD positions in Computational Contact and Fracture Mechanics at IMT Lucca, Italy

PhD positions in Computational Mechanics - Fracture and Contact Mechanics

We just opened at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca a call for PhD students for the next cycle of the PhD Programme in Systems Science, Track Computer Science and Systems Engineering.

People interested in computational mechanics and tribology should mention MUSAM -Multi-scale Analysis of Materials- in their motivation letter and in the online form.

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Postdoc on Image processing and analysis

Laboratory of Ocular Biomechanics, University of Pittsburgh.

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Open webinar on Metamaterials, Massimo Ruzzene, May 14, 5:00PM-7:30PM, CET


May 14, 2021, 5:00PM-7:30PM, CET


Quasi-crystalline Structural Composites:

higher order symmetries and vibration localization

Tensile Testing Concepts & Definitions

Tensile tests are used to determine how materials behave under tension load. In a simple tensile test, a sample is typically pulled to its breaking point to determine the ultimate tensile strength of the material. The amount of force (F) applied to the sample and the elongation (∆L) of the sample are measured throughout the test.


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