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Analysis of a model of field crack mechanics for brittle materials

Léo Morin       Amit Acharya

A computational model for arbitrary brittle crack propagation, in a fault-like layer within a 3-d
elastic domain, and its associated quasi-static and dynamic fields is developed and analyzed. It
uses an FFT-based solver for the balance of linear momentum and a Godunov-type projection-evolution
method for the crack evolution equation. As applications, we explore the questions of equilibria
and irreversibility for crack propagation with and without surface energy, existence of strength
and toughness criteria, crack propagation under quasi-static and dynamic conditions,
including Modes I, II and III, as well as multiaxial compressive loadings.

Haitao Zhang's picture

Full-Time Position in Schlumberger- Modeling and Simulation Engineer

Title: Modeling and Simulation Engineer
Category: Full-time position in industry
Employer: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
Location: United States, Texas, Sugar Land
Opening Date: 04/01/2021


University-Academia Partnership- 2 positions in Computational Mechanics A postdoc and a Senior PhD Interns)

Computational Mechanics and Modeling of Composites,  fracture, large deformation, machine learning, heat transfer in polymers  


Funded Ph.D. Positions in Brain Injury Biomechanics

Two PhD positions are available within the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio for Summer or Fall 2021 in the area of injury biomechanics research focused on traumatic brain injury and computational modeling.

The overall goal of this research, headed by Dr. Marzieh Memar, is to integrate computational and experimental techniques to unfold mechanisms underlying traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Baoxing Xu's picture

Journal Club for February 2021: Deformation, instability, and assembly of materials by dynamic solid-liquid interactions

Deformation, instability, and assembly of materials by dynamic solid-liquid interactions 

Yue Zhang, Qingchang Liu, and Baoxing Xu

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia


Wenbin Yu's picture

Global Composites Experts Webinar by Dr. J. N. Reddy

cdmHUB invites you to attend the Global Composites Experts Webinar Series. 

Title: Recent Developments in Computational Approaches to Model Laminated Composite Shells and Damage and Fracture in Solids

Speaker: Dr. J. N. Reddy

Time: 2/11, 11AM-12PM EST.

Please go to to register for this webinar.


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[Abstracts due Feb 5] Our usual ML, UQ and Optimization mini-symposium @ USNCCM2021

Dear colleagues,

Deadline to submit your abstract to USNCCM2021 is fast approacing (Februart 5). If you are working with machine learning, uncertainty quantification, optimization or a related topic, consider the following symposia:

  • USNCCM2021: MS309 Data-driven Science with Uncertainty Quantification, Machine Learning, and Optimization

This mini-symposium has been quite popular and with high quality speakers in the last editions of USNCCMs and WCCMs. We hope it stays this way ;)

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Advances in Integrated Digital Engineering Applications

Dear Colleagues,

I'm current guest editor on a Special Issue of the MDPI Journal of Applied Sciences. This is a journal with an impact factor of 2.474.

The aim of this Special Issue is to explore the re-engineering of engineering through the integration of advanced digital technologies. Research papers or case studies involving any discipline of engineering are welcome. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

admal's picture

USACM virtual workshop on Computational Nanomechanics - Student/postdoc competition for invited talk

We are writing to invite the mechanics community to participate in the upcoming U. S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM) virtual thematic workshop on “New Trends and Open Challenges in Computational Mechanics: from nano to macroscale”, to be held online on March 25th and 26th, 2021.

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Call for Abstracts: Virtual Mach Conference

Please consider submitting an abstract to the Symposium Mechanics and Manufacturing of Architected Materials for the 2021 Virtual Mach Conference which will take place on April 7-9, 2021

The deadline for abstract submission is January 30.

Organizers: Stavros Gaitanaros (JHU), Jamie Guest (JHU), Jochen Mueller (JHU)

Siva P V Nadimpalli's picture

Mechanics of Sodium-ion Battery Electrode

Measurement of Volume Changes and Associated Stresses in Ge Electrodes Due to Na/Na+ Redox Reactions

Prof. René de Borst’s TAFMech webinar scheduled for 29th of January has been cancelled!

Esteemed Colleagues,

this post is to inform you that, due to personal reasons, unfortunately, Prof. René de Borst will not be able to deliver his presentation this Friday. Accordingly, the webinar scheduled for Friday 29/01 has been cancelled.


We look forward to welcoming you all to the next TAFMech webinar:

Bin Wang's picture

keep reading-30

On optimal hierarchy of load-bearing biological materials, Zhang, Zhang, Gao, Proceedings of The Royal Society B, 2011


Stachiv's picture

Ph.D position at the Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences

Duration: 36 months
There is an available PhD position at the Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague to work under the modelling of the non-linear micro-/nanomechanical systems.

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On the origin of supercontraction in spider silk

Spider silk is a protein material that exhibits extraordinary and nontrivial properties such as the ability to soften and decrease its length by up to ∼60% upon exposure to high humidity. This counter-intuitive process is commonly called supercontraction and is the result of a transition from a highly oriented glassy phase to a disoriented rubbery phase. In our new paper (published in biomacromolecules) we derive a model that explains the origins of the supercontraction phenomena.

Review article on elastic instabilities, microstructure transformations, and pattern formations in soft materials

Dear Colleagues,

We recently published a review article on "Elastic instabilities, microstructure transformations, and pattern formations in soft materials" in Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science.

Read here: Elastic instabilities, microstructure transformations, and pattern formations in soft materials - ScienceDirect

In the paper, we have reviewed the state of the art in:

GetFEM: A high level multiphysics finite element framework

Dear mechanics community,

I would like to draw your attention to our recent publication about the opensource finite element framework GetFEM:

Cemal Basaran's picture

Entropy Based Fatigue, Fracture, Failure Prediction and Structural Health Monitoring

If you are interested in the most recent advances in physics-based Fatigue, Fracture, Failure Prediction, and Structural Health Monitoring
You may find this publication helpful.

free download site

Octavio A. González Estrada's picture

Faculty position - Mechanical Engineering, UIS, Colombia

Two Tenure-Track Lecturer positions at the School of Mechanical Engineering, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia.

More info: 

Ashfaq Adnan's picture

MULTIPLE GRADUATE STUDENT openings in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, USA.

Our group has several openings for fully-funded graduate students in computational and experimental mechanics of biological and engineered materials. Our primary goal is to link traumatic brain injury (TBI) with multiscale, multiphysics damage evolution in the brain using experimentally verifiable computations and simulations. We are also interested in designing advanced material for TBI protection.

Andrew J. Gross's picture

Architected Materials PhD Position for Fall 2021

A PhD student is being sought to fill an opening in the Gross Materials Lab (group website: at the University of South Carolina. Research activities are focused on the design, fabrication, and characterization of architected materials. Students must be capable coders to be considered. Prior experience configuring optical equipment and National Instruments DAQ hardware is valuable, but not required. Students interested in or having prior experience with finite element modeling, mechanical property testing, and 3D printing are strongly encouraged to apply.

University Lectureships in Mechanics and Materials (x 2) - Cambridge

Applications are invited for two University Lectureships in Mechanics and Materials Engineering, to be known as the 'Granta Design University Lectureships in Engineering'.


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