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A virtual IUTAM Symposium on Mechanics of Smart and Tough Gels (May 24-29, 2021)

Please join us next week for a free virtual symposium on mechanics of gels. Click the link below for the symposium program and the Zoom links to all 12 sessions.

 Mechanics of Smart and Tough Gels


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USNCTAM 2022: Call for Proposals to Organize Symposia

The 19th National Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM) will be hosted by the University of Texas at Austin, at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center from June 19-24 in 2022. Proposals are now invited to organize symposia at the 19th USNC/TAM. For more information, go to:

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Ken Liechti will receive the 2015 Adhesion Society Award for Excellence

Professor Kenneth M. Liechti of the University of Texas at Austin has been selected to recieve the 2015 Award for Excellence in the Adhesion Society. The Adhesion Society’s Award for Excellence, sponsored by 3M, is the Society’s premier award for outstanding achievements in scientific research relating to adhesion.

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K. Ravi-Chandar will recieve the 2015 Drucker Medal

Professsor Krishnaswamy Ravi-Chandar of the University of Texas at Austin has been selected to receive the 2015 Daniel C. Drucker Medal, one of the ASME society awards for achievement.

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Minisymposium on Mechanics and Physics of Soft Matter Materials

As part of USNCTAM2014 (17th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical & Applied Mechanics) to be held at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan from June 15-20, 2014, we are organizing a Minisymposium entitled

Mechanics and Physics of Soft Matter Materials 

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Journal Club Theme of March 2013: Interfacial Adhesion of Graphene - Measurements and Analysis

Several recent papers have reported measurements of adhesion energy between graphene and other materials (e.g., Si/SiOx and copper) [1-3]. Like thin films, many experimental methods may be adopted to measure the interfacial properties of graphene, such as the pressurized blister test [2] and the double-cantilever beam test [3]. The challenges lie in the handling of atomically thin membranes and analysis/interpretation of the data.

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Symposium on Mechanics and Physics of Soft Matter

On behalf of the organizing committee, I cordially invite your participation in Symposium on Mechanics and
Physics of Soft Matter
, as part of the 13th Pan-American Congress of Applied Mechanics (PACAM XIII), to be held in Houston, Texas, May 22-24, 2013.

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A kinetics approach to surface wrinkling of elastic films

This chapter summarizes our works on surface wrinkling of elastic thin films, taking a kinetics approach as a physical pathway to both ordered and disordered wrinkle patterns.

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Fraud, h-index, etc.

This is an interesting article: Fraud, the h-index and Pasternak. How do we evaluate ourselves and others, especially those not in our own fields? We may not have to find an answer as an individual researcher, but the univeristy adminstrators have to.

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Effects of mismatch strain and substrate surface corrugation on morphology of supported monolayer graphene

In a previous work, substrate-modulated morphology of graphene was analyzed using a numerical Monte Carlo method. Here we present an analytical approach that explicitly relates the van der Waals interaction energy to the surface corrugation and the interfacial properties. Moreover, the effect of mismatch strain is considered, which predicts a strain-induced instability under a compressive strain and reduced corrugation under a tensile strain.

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Swell induced surface instability of confined hydrogel layers

A previous work suggested a critical condition to form surface creases in elastomers and gels. For elastomers, the critical condition seems to have closed a gap between experimental observations (e.g., by bending a rubber block) and the classical instability analysis by Biot. For gels, however, experiments have observed a wide range of critical swelling ratios, from around 2 to 3.7. Here we present a linear perturbation analysis for swollen hydrogels confined on a rigid substrate, which predicts critical swelling ratios in a similar range.

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Excess energy and deformation along free edges of graphene nanoribbons

Q. Lu and R. Huang, Excess energy and deformation along free edges of graphene nanoribbons. Posted online at arXiv:0910.0912, October 2009.

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von Karman plate equations

Many of us (including myself) have used the nonlinear equations for elastic plates, originally proposed by von Karman (1910). I recently came across a book with some interesting comments about the plate equations, which may be of interest to share with others on imechanica. The book's title is "Plates and Junctions in Elastic Multi-Structures", authored by Philippe G. Ciarlet and published by Springer-Verlag in 1990.

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Effect of constraint on swelling of hydrogels and formation of surface creases

Inspired by recent works by Wei Hong , Xuanhe Zhao, Zhigang Suo, and their coworkers, we started a project on hydrogels, with particular interest in various instability patterns observed in experiments. The attachment is our first manuscript on this subject. Through this work we hope to achieve the following:

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comments on second page

I just noticed a new problem with imechanica: when a blog entry has received too many comments, additional comments will be placed on a second page but not linked properly. For example, the comment, "Work-free isochoric deformation", has a link node/5014#comment-10406 , which leads to the original blog entry rather than the comment. One can find the comment either by scrolling all the way down to the bottom of the page and then clicking "Next" or by a direct link, node/5014?page=1.

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Engineering Mechanics 397: Thin Film Mechanics

Time: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Place: ECJ 1.214, University of Texas at Austin

Instructor: Rui Huang, WRW 117D, (512) 471-7558,

Lecture notes (coming soon)

Homewrok sets (coming soon)

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