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EML Webinar by Prof. Robert Wood on June 3, 2020: The Mechanical Side of Artificial Intelligence

EML Webinar on June 3, 2020 will be given by Prof. Rob Wood at Harvard University via Zoom meeting. Discussion leader: Rob Howe, Harvard.

Title: The mechanical side of artificial intelligence

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Research Software Engineer (RSE) position

Inline virtual qualification from 3D X-ray imaging for high-value manufacturing


2.5-year Research Software Engineer (RSE) opportunity, Closing date: 18 June 2020.

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Mechanobiology predicts raft formations triggered by ligand-receptor activity across the cell membrane

Carotenuto A., Lunghi L., Piccolo V., Babaei M., Dayal K., Pugno N. M., Zingales M., Deseri L.*, Fraldi M. Mechanobiology predicts raft formations triggered by ligand-receptor activity across the cell membrane, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 141 (2020) 103974
*Corresponding Author

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Postdoc Position in “Multi-Scale Modeling of Composites”


A postdoctoral position in “Multi-Scale Modeling of Composites” is available in Tehrani Group in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin. The position starts in August 2020. The required qualifications for this position are as follows:

·       Acquired a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field before the position start date.

PhD position in modeling of the interaction between phase transformations and plasticty

PhD position(s) is available immediately 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 experiments. Please send vita to Prof. Valery Levitas (

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A possible link between brittle and ductile failure by viewing fracture as a topological defect

Amit Acharya

(to appear in Comptes Rendus Mécanique)

A continuum model of fracture that describes, in principle, the propagation and interaction of
arbitrary distributions of cracks and voids with evolving topology without a 'fracture criterion'
is developed. It involves a 'law of motion' for crack-tips, primarily as a kinematical consequence
coupled with thermodynamics. Fundamental kinematics endows the crack-tip with a topological
charge. This allows the association of a kinematical conservation law for the charge, resulting
in a fundamental evolution equation for the crack-tip field, and in turn the crack field. The
vectorial crack field degrades the elastic modulus in a physically justified anisotropic manner.
The mathematical structure of this conservation law allows an additive 'free' gradient of a scalar
field in the evolution of the crack field. We associate this naturally emerging scalar field with the
porosity that arises in the modeling of ductile failure. Thus, porosity-rate gradients affect the
evolution of the crack-field which, then, naturally degrades the elastic modulus, and it is through
this fundamental mechanism that spatial gradients in porosity growth affect the strain-energy
density and stress carrying capacity of the material - and, as a dimensional consequence related
to fundamental kinematics, introduces a length-scale in the model. A key result of this work is
that brittle fracture is energy-driven while ductile fracture is stress-driven; under overall shear
loadings where mean stress vanishes or is compressive, shear strain energy can still drive shear
fracture in ductile materials.

The paper can be found here

PhD Position on microstructural modeling of geological materials

A PhD Position on microstructural modeling of geological materials is open at the University of Nice within a collaborative project with CEMEF at MINES ParisTech.'s picture

Recruitment of School of Aerospace Engineering (Xi’an Jiaotong University, China)


Recruitment Now


School of Aerospace Engineering of Xi’an Jiaotong University (China) continues to recruit faculty members globally. Welcome talents to join us!


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Fractional-order nonlinear hereditariness of tendons and ligaments of the human knee

By Emanuela Bologna, Mario Di Paola, Kaushil Dayal, Luca Deseri and Massimiliano Zingales.

In this paper the authors introduce a nonlinear model of fractional-order hereditariness used to capture experimental data obtained on human tendons of the knee. Creep and relaxation data on fibrous tissues have been obtained and fitted with logarithmic relations that correspond to power-laws with nonlinear dependence of the coefficients. The use of a proper nonlinear transform allows one to use Boltzmann superposition in the transformed variables yielding a fractional-order model for the nonlinear material hereditariness. The fundamental relations among the nonlinear creep and relaxation functions have been established, and the results from the equivalence relations have been contrasted with measures obtained from the experimental data. Numerical experiments introducing polynomial and harmonic stress and strain histories have been reported to assess the provided equivalence relations.

This article is part of the theme issue ‘Advanced materials modelling via fractional calculus: challenges and perspectives’ on Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.

Bologna E, Di Paola M, Dayal K, Deseri L, Zingales M. 2020 Fractional-order nonlinear hereditariness of tendons and ligaments of the human knee. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 378: 20190294.

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Announcing the Inaugural CMES Young Researcher Award



Announcing the Inaugural CMES Young Researcher Award


The first ever Computer Modeling in Engineering and Science Young Researcher Award recognizes outstanding research in computer modeling and simulation by a 2020 Computer Modeling in Engineering and Science author or coauthors.

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Strain-induced work function in h-BN and BCN monolayers

Thomas, M.S. Manju, K.M. Ajith, S.U. Lee and M. Asle Zaeem. Strain-induced work function in h-BN and BCN monolayers.  Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems andNanostructures 123 (2020) 114180 (9 pages) 

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Mechanics of Dielectric Elastomer Structures: A review

In the past decade, the development of theory has deeply revealed the electromechanical coupling deformation mechanism of dielectric elastomer (DE). Many theoretical predictions on highly nonlinear deformation of dielectric elastomer have been verified by experiments. With the guidance of theory, the voltage-induced areal strain of dielectric elastomer has been increased from 100% in the pioneering work to the current record of 2200% and the energy density of a dielectric elastomer generator has reached 780 mJ/g.

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EML Webinar by Prof. Norman Fleck on May 27, 2020

EML Webinar on May 27, 2020 will be given by Prof. Norman Fleck at the University of Cambridge via Zoom meeting. Discussion leader: Vikram Deshpande, Cambridge.

Title: New Horizons in Microarchitectured Materials

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Postdoc opening in ionotronics in the Silberstein group at Cornell University

A postdoctoral position on soft material ionotronics is available in the Silberstein lab (silbersteinlab.comto start in late summer/early fall of 2020. Expertise in electrochemistry and/or continuum mechanics is desirable. The ideal candidate will also be familiar with polyelectrolytes, gels, and/or ionomers.

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Postdoc Position in Soft Robotics at SDU Biorobotics

The University of Southern Denmark invites applications from qualified doctoral graduates for a 3-year postdoc position in the field of Soft Robotics.

The application deadline is 14th June, 2020 | Apply Online


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