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Biomechanics Calls for Papers: Materials Research Society - Fall 2007 Meeting

(cross-post to Biomch-L )

Two symposia solicit papers on biomechanics topics for the upcoming Materials Research Society meeting, November 26-30, 2007, Boston,  MA.  Short-form abstracts are due 20 June, 2007.

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Call for Papers: Multiscale Modeling and Simulation: from Molecules to Cells to Organisms

Dear Colleague,

We want to draw your attention to and encourage your participation in a special session on Multiscale Modeling and Simulation of the thirteenth Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB), to be held January 4-8, 2008, on the Big Island of Hawaii. PSB is an international, multidisciplinary conference with high impact on the theory and application of computational methods in problems of biological significance. 

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Nobelist Pierre-Gilles De Gennes Dies At 74

Physicist worked in areas of liquid crystals, physical chemistry of adhesives
Linda R. Raber

Chemical & Engineering News

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Stress analysis of composite cylindrical shells with an elliptical cutout

Stress analysis of composite cylindrical shells with an elliptical cutout  
Erkan Oterkus & Erdogan Madenci & Michael P. Nemeth


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Anharmonic lattice statics analysis of 180^o and 90^o ferroelectric domain walls in PbTiO3

This paper presents an anharmonic lattice statics analysis of 180 and 90 domain walls in tetragonal ferroelectric perovskites. We present all the calculations and numerical examples for the technologically important ferroelectric material PbTiO3. We use shell potentials that are fitted to quantum mechanics calculations. Our formulation places no restrictions on the range of the interactions. This formulation of lattice statics is inhomogeneous and accounts for the variation of the force constants near defects.

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Study of the simple extension tear test sample for rubber with Configurational Mechanics

The simple extension tear test-piece also referred to as the trousers sample is widely used to study crack propagation in rubber. The corresponding energy release rate, called tearing energy for rubber materials, was first established by Rivlin and Thomas (Rupture of rubber. I. Characteristic energy for tearing. J. Polym. Sci., 10:291–318, 1953); a second derivation was proposed later by Eshelby (The calculation of energy release rates. In G. C. Sih, H. C. van Elst, and D. Broek, editors, Prospects of Fracture Mechanics, 69–84, Leyden, Noordhoff, 1975).

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Bi-functional optimization of actively cooled, pressurized hollow sandwich cylinders with prismatic cores

All metallic, hollow sandwich cylinders having ultralight two-dimensional prismatic cores are optimally designed for maximum thermo-mechanical performance at minimum mass. The heated cylinder is subjected to uniform internal pressure and actively cooled by forced air convection. The use of two different core topologies is exploited: square- and triangular-celled cores. The minimum mass design model is so defined that three failure modes are prevented: facesheet yielding, core member yielding, and core member buckling.

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An old and unfunded proposal to NSF to create iMechanica

In response to a NSF call for proposal on Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM), in June 2006, several of us submitted a proposal entitled "iMechanica:  Leveraging Cyberinfrastructure to Evolve All Knowledge of Applied Mechanics"

Nanomechanics and Nanostructured Multifunctional Materials: Experiments, Theories, and Simulations

Dr. Jun Lou and Dr. Junlan Wang are co-editing a special issue on Nanomechanics and Nanostructured Multifunctional Materials: Experiments, Theories, and Simulations for Journal of Nanomaterials, an open access journal. Papers on latest developments on all aspects of nanomechanics and nanostructured materials are welcome. Deadline for manuscript submission is September 01, 2007.
For more details, please check JNM website

Why not use FDM in solid mechanics?

Finite Difference Method (FDM) and the related techniques such as FVM, are often found put to great use in fluid mechanics. See any simulation showing not only streamlines but also vortex shedding, turbulent mixing, etc.

Cell mechanics workshop at University of Illinois with NSF fellowships

Apply for NSF fellowships to attend 1-week long workshop on cell mechanics, July 31-Aug 3, 2007.

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Sony flexible OLED Display

Choose a channel featured in the header of iMechanica: 

Sony announces a OLED display on plastic film.

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Research Scientist Positions (in Singapore)

  • The Institute of High
    Performance Computing (IHPC), a member of the Agency for Science,
    Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore, invites applications for
    eight available positions for research scientists in the field of
    theoretical and computational mechanics and materials science. These
    positions are in conjunction with the A*STAR-sponsored Visiting

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Influence of depolarization field on polarization states in epitaxial ferroelectric thin films with biaxial misfit strains

Depolarization field and misfit strain are two important factors that may greatly influence the properties of ferroelectric thin films. The effect of depolarization field on polarization states of single-domain ferroelectric thin films with nonequally biaxial in-plane misfit strains are studied in the present work by numerically solving three coupled Euler-Lagrange equations, which are derived from the minimization of total free energy.

Biomolecular detection by a cantilever functionalized by RNA aptamers as receptor molecules

We have recently reported the label-free detection of HCV (Hepatitis C Virus) helicase by using a resonating microcantilever whose surface is functionalized by RNA aptamers as receptor molecules. This work was accepted for publication at Biosensors & Bioelectronics.


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Kinetics of phase transformations in the peridynamic formulation of continuum mechanics


We study the kinetics of phase transformations in solids using the peridynamic formulation of continuum mechanics. The peridynamic theory is a nonlocal formulation that does not involve spatial derivatives, and is a powerful tool to study defects such as cracks and interfaces.

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A method to analyze electromechanical stability of dielectric elastomer actuators

      This letter describes a method to analyze electromechanical stability of dielectric elastomer actuators.  We write the free energy of an actuator using stretches and nominal electric displacement as generalized coordinates, and pre-stresses and voltage as control parameters.  When the Hessian of the free-energy function ceases to be positive-definite, the actuator thins down drastically, often resulting in electrical breakdown.  Our calculation shows that stability of the actuator is markedly enhanced by pre-stresses.

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Research Position at Texas Instruments (Dallas, Texas)

   This is a stress modeling position in TI's research
organization Silicon Technology Development (SiTD). The opening is
immediate and the position is filling very fast. Minimum requirement:
MS degree in the following fields: Mechanical Engineering, Physics,
Materials Science or Engineering Mechanics. PhD degree is preferred. 
Please email your resume to Jie-Hua (Jeff) Zhao at or
Darvin Edwards at Call Jeff at 972-995-8851 for detail.

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Propagation of instability in dielectric elastomers

When an electric voltage is applied across the thickness of a thin layer of an dielectric elastomer, the layer reduces its thickness and expands its area. This electrically induced deformation can be rapid and large, and is potentially useful as soft actuators in diverse technologies. Recent experimental and theoretical studies have shown that, when the voltage exceeds some critical value, the homogenous deformation of the layer becomes unstable, and the layer deforms into a mixture of thin and thick regions.

Data relevant to science and engineering education, employment, and research

Anecdotal evidence can often serve as a basis for an opinion on the state of science and engineering in the US and abroad. While that evidence is valuable, it is not necessarily representative of national treends. Fortunately, the US government has collected useful information relevant to education, research, and employment within the science and engineering communities and presented it in a series of annual reports.

Why lionize mathematics in science/engineering?

This has reference to (only) the *last paragraph* in Prof. Harry Lewis' recent post, found at: node/1423#comment-2880.

The reason I write the present post is because I always seem to have had a view of inventing, learning, or teaching mathematics that is remarkably at odds with what Prof. Lewis' last paragraph *seems* to imply.


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