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Kavan Hazeli's picture

Ph.D. Position (design and mechanics of additively manufactured lattice structures)

One Ph.D. position in the field of design and mechanics of additively manufactured lattice structures is available in my group in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. This position is in the support of the 2020 NSF CAREER Award (


USACM Virtual Seminar by Kai James, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The USACM is happy to announce a virtual seminar this week by Professor Kai James on Thursday, July 16th at 2pm Eastern.  The title of the seminar is "Topology Optimization of Self-Actuating Shape-Memory Polymer Mechanisms".  An abstract of the talk is available here:

We have a number of seats available to anyone interested.  We just ask attendees to register at this page:

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MicroStructPy: Generation of statistically representative microstructures with direct grain geometry control

I would like to share an article that was recently published in CMAME.

It is about MicroStructPy, a very flexible microstructure generator able to represent various statistics for microstructures with multiple phases. It works in 2D and 3D and you can provide, for each phase, grain size distributions, volume fraction, elongation and orientation distribution for elongated grains, etc.

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A residual stiffness-based model for the fatigue damage of biological soft tissues

Biologically-derived and chemically-treated collagenous tissues such as glutaraldehyde-treated bovine pericardium (GLBP) are widely used in many medical applications. The long-term cyclic loading-induced tissue fatigue damage has been identified as one of the primary factors limiting the durability of such medical devices and an in-depth understanding of the fatigue behaviors of biological tissues is critical to increase device durability.

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Models for peristaltic locomotion in soft robots and worms

Dear Colleague,

I'm pleased to announce the latest paper from my research group (coauthored with Evan Hemingway (PhD 2020)): 

Continuous models for peristaltic locomotion with application to worms and soft robots

has just been published in Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology. Here's a simulation of the model:


How to do nanoindentation simulation of a coating material?

How to conduct nanoindentation simulation of a coating material (Substrate Ti material and Tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) as a coating material) by FEA software? What are the input parameters I need to consider for the simulation?

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Call for abstracts: Topic on 3D Printed Soft Materials in ASME IMECE 2020

Dear colleagues: 

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to the Topic 12-3: 3D Printed Soft Materials at the 2020 ASME  IMECE to be held from November 15 – 19 at Portland, Oregon.

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Call for Abstracts: IMECE 2020, Track 3-29: Printed Hybrid Electronics, Sensors and Energy Devices

Dear colleagues:

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to the topic on Printed Hybrid Electronics, Sensors and Energy Devices at the 2020 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 2020) to be held at Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon from November 15-19, 2020.

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Elmer FEM-OpenFOAM-Dakota: An open-source framework for data analytics, finite element and finite volume methods


A program for 3 way coupling between open-source software Elmer FEM, OpenFOAM and Dakota has been developed.

The program along with examples can be found here:


Capabilities: The interface provides an open-source framework that integrates data analytics, finite element and finite volume methods.

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Post-doc at the University of Southampton in experimental solid mechanics

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher to work 18 months on a US Air Force sponsored project focused on developing new image-based tests to identify stiffness and strength of adhesives at high strain rates. Some preliminary results can be found here. The deadline for application is August 4th 2020.

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Novel porous materials by freeze casting

in recent years the technique of freeze casting has undergone tremendous development. New techniques and novel nanoscale building blocks have given rise to porous materials with extraordinary properties. As an example, by spinning freeze cast fibre with aligned pores fabrics with unprecedented levels of thermal insulation could be produced. This 

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Electrical contact resistance and its dependence on applied pressure

The relationships between surface roughness, contact pressure and contact resistance are studied in this work published three years ago.

It is imporant to distinguish between the different conduction mechanisms acting at contacts at different scales, in order to better understand how surface structure and surface chemistry can alter the behaviour of electrical contacts

USACM Virtual Seminar by Manuel Rausch, the University of Texas

The USACM is happy to announce a virtual seminar this week on Thursday, July 9th at 3pm Eastern.  The title of the seminar is "Image- and Experiment-based Modeling of the Forgotten Right Side: Right Ventricle, Tricuspid Valve, and Venous Blood Clot".  An abstract of the talk is available here:

We have a number of seats available to anyone interested.  We just ask attendees to register at this page:

Call for Abstracts: Symposium on Multifunctional Intelligent Materials and Systems in ASME IMECE 2020

Dear friends and colleagues,

We invite you to submit a presentation only abstract to Symposium on Multifunctional Intelligent Materials and Systems. This symposium is part of 2020 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, November 15-19, 2020 Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR.


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Special Issue "Thermodynamics of Materials Degradation"

Dear Colleagues,

The degradation of a structure, under various loading conditions, involves the progress of damage by initiation and growth of defects, such as microvoids and microcracks, and their coalescence into macrocracks. Thermodynamically, all damage mechanisms share a common feature at a much deeper level, which is dissipation of energy. Degradation processes are irreversible, meaning that they cause irreversible alteration to the system and the surroundings.

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Hydrogel ionotronics, Canhui Yang and Zhigang Suo, Nature Reviews Materials, 2018


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Design of robust superhydraphobic surfaces, Dehui Wang, Zuankai Wang, Robin H.A. Ras, Xu Deng, et al., Nature, 2020

Superhydrophobic surfaces have promising applications in various medical and engineering applications; however, these surfaces, either via physical and/or chemical methods, suffer from one major flaw- extremely vulnerable to mechanical damage, so lose superhydrophobicity easily in practice.

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Impact-resistant nacre-like transparent materials, Yin, Hannard, Barthelat, Science, 2019



Propose and fabricate nacre-inspired glass panels (50x50x3) that possess large-scale tablet sliding toughening mechanism, is 2-3 times more impact resistant than conventional laminated and tempered glass, and maintains transparency, high strength/stiffness.

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Molecular Dynamics Simulation of a Polymer-Metal Interface in LAMMPS

We are currently investigating the impact resistance of multilayers using molecular dynamics. This project showed us that modelling material interfaces could be challenging even for someone with a background in atomic simulations. Therefore, we thought of sharing some useful information and the LAMMPS input files to model the aluminum-polyurethane interface.

Can someone post an example of UMAT and VUMAT for the same elasto-plastic problem?

I want to understand how the stress update algorithm is modified for the different definitions of stress rate in ABAQUS/Standard and ABAQUS/Explicit formulations. I know the relationships, I just want to see how it's coded in a subroutine.

Also, the Hughes-Winget algorithm is used to update the stress defined by the Green-Naghdi stress rate by using the Jaumann rate. How to implement that in VUMAT? Can someone please post an example to clarify these aspects?


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