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A nonlinear static analysis of a masonry church by NOSA-ITACA

The last tutorial (Tutorial4) about a non linear static analysis of a masonry church performed by the NOSA-ITACA code, is now available at We perform the analysis supposing the structure made of two masonry-like materials with zero tensile strength and bounded compressive strength and a linear elastic material.

Ph.D. position, Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston

There is a Ph.D. opening in my research group in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Houston to be filled the spring semester of 2020.
The research topic is modeling the deformation and fracture response of dissipative material systems.

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JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships in Japan - 2 years - Deadline 10th August

Dear Friends,

I am looking for a postdoctoral candidate who wishes to apply for a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) fellowship.

This fellowship is a highly competitive scheme and includes a generous monthly salary (at the current exchange rate, around 3000 Euro or 3300 $) plus airfare (round-trip ticket to Japan).

I will support the application as a host and will help writing the proposal.
Applicants are allowed to suggest their own project, but preference will be given to candidates with experience and interest in two topics:

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Doing interesting, innovative materials work? Make your next submission Matter!

Hi all, 

Just wanted to share that the first issue of Matter was released last week. Matter is a new materials science journal from Cell Press. Our goal is to be a high impact offering, on par with Nature Materials. Check out our first issue here:

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URV 2019 PhD STUDENTSHIPS @ LIFE group, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona

URV 2019 PhD STUDENTSHIPS @ LIFE group, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (

Grant reference: 2019PMF-PIPF-75  - Dept. Mechanical Engineering

2019 ASME Awards

The Executive Committee of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division would like to congratulate the recipients of the following 2019 ASME Awards

- 2019 Robert H. Thurston Lecture Award: Yonggang Huang, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

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A comment on "A dimensionless measure for adhesion and effects of the range of adhesion in contacts of nominally flat surfaces" by M. H. Muser

I attach a Letter I sent to the Editor of a tribology journal, concerning adhesion of rough surfaces. 

I contend that some "criteria" that have been proposed based on extrapolation of numerical results are due to the limitations in present numerical sophisticated rough contact simulations, which only span at most 3 orders of magnitude of wavelengths, so typically people simulate from nanometer to micrometer scale.

Mechanical characterisation of lignocellulosic fibres using toy bricks tensile tester

This paper demonstrates the potential use of toy-bricks as the building block of a mechanical tensile testing instrument for the mechanical characterisation of natural fibres. A table-top tensile testing instrument was developed using LEGO parts (Mindstorms EV3 and Technics) and a 2 kg capacity load cell, whereas deformation modes were programmed in an open source programming language. Experimental work was conducted on oil palm fibres under different tensile modes (i.e.

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PhD position at the University of Sheffield: Tomography of Large Structural Elements

Large structural elements forming structures such as bridges, retaining walls and tunnel linings may contain hidden defects that limit their longevity, with major safety and cost implications. Also, when a structure is subjected to intense loading, internal damage may occur which is not visible on the surface.

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PhD position at the University of Sheffield: Structural Optimisation of Concrete Elements Constructed with Digitally Fabricated Formworks

Modern digital design and fabrication methods in architecture, engineering and construction, provide enhanced freedom in the sculpting, optimisation, fabrication and construction of building geometries, be they free-form structural shells, cladding elements or performance optimised lightweight structural components.

Soft Robotics Postdoc Position at Shanghai Jiao Tong University

 Dear colleagues,  There is a funded postdoc position (2-3 years) at Soft Robotics and Biodesign lab ( ), Robotics Institute, School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), Shanghai, China. We have a soft robotic project on developing  wearable and assistive  soft robots for assisting and restoring the ability of the humans with the upper extremity weakness in activities of daily living. 

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Micromechanical models for the stiffness and strength of UHMWPE macrofibrils

Ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers have a complex hierarchical structure that at the micron-scale is composed of oriented chain crystals, lamellar crystals, and amorphous domains organized into macrofibrils. We developed a computational micromechanical modeling study of the effects of the morphological structure and constituent material properties on the deformation mechanisms, stiffness and strength of the UHMWPE macrofibrils.

Thermal Response of Mortar Panels with Different Forms of Macro-Encapsulated Phase Change Materials: A Finite Element Study

Use of phase change materials in building envelopes has potential to reduce the temperature fluctuations inside of buildings. This is a booming area of research. Our group has recently published an article in which we studied macro-encapsulated paraffinic materials for this application. The article is available at:


Call for Nominations for ASME's Applied Mechanics Division Awards 2019

Dear Colleagues,

We wanted to alert you for the call for nominations of the awards of the Applied Mechanics Division (AMD) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), which are due on September 15th, 2019.

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Intern Position at Apple(FEA)

Job Summary Apple PPO Engineering team is looking for an enthusiastic and highly qualified engineer to lead the structural and dynamic Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in flat panel display and touch sensor.

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PhD position in Computational Fracture Mechanics at Imperial College London

 Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship at Imperial College London. The project will involve the development of novel computational tools to unravel fracture mechanics challenges across disciplines. The student will join the Mechanics of Infrastructure Materials Lab, led by Dr Emilio Martínez-Pañeda.

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NOSA-ITACA code tutorials

Now at website

you can download tutorials where it is shown how to

perform modal analysis, linear static and non linear static analysis by NOSA-ITACA code. Enjoy them !

Otherwise you can watch them on YouTube at

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

We are seeking one Master by Research student and one PhD student interested in the mechanical response of additively manufactured structures. Candidates are required to have either Bachelor (Honours) or Master degree (or equivalent) in Manufacturing or Automotive or Mechanical or Civil Engineering or Material Science or Mechanics, or a similar discipline.

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PhD position at the interface of Engineering and Cancer at UCL

Discovering the bio-mechanical signatures of cancer cells in 3D tumouroid models:

We are seeking outstanding candidates for a 4 year PhD studentship fully funded by the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering. The student will be jointly supervised by Dr. Emad Moeendarbary based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Dr Umber Cheema based at the Division of Surgery and Interventional Sciences.

Studentship Description:

2019 IMECE Student Travel Award Competition

The Applied Mechanics Executive Committee (AMD-EC) is pleased to announce the 2019 IMECE student travel award competition, which is sponsored by the Haythornthwaite Foundation*.

Applied Mechanics Division – Haythornthwaite Foundation Research Initiation Grants 2019

With funding from the Haythornthwaite Foundation, the Executive Committee (EC) of the Applied Mechanics Division (AMD) of ASME is pleased to announce the establishment of the Haythornthwaite Research Initiation Grant Program, targeting university faculty engaged in research in theoretical and applied mechanics that are at the beginning of their academic careers.

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PhD position at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney): Computational Mechanics (January 2020)

There is a new opening for a PhD student at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney (Australia). We are looking for a PhD student in the broad area of computational mechanics. Candidates should have a strong background in the theory and application of the Finite Element Method (FEM) and expertise in programming (Matlab, Fortran, etc.).


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