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Journal Club for June 2020: Mechanically instructive biomaterials: a synergy of mechanics, materials and biology


Mechanically instructive biomaterials: a synergy of mechanics, materials and biology

Zhenwei Ma, Jianyu Li

Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada


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Droplets on lubricated surfaces: The slow dynamics of skirt formation

Dear iMechanicians,

I would like to share our recent work published in Phys. Rev. Fluids on the statics and dynamics of droplets on lubricated surfaces: 

Droplets on lubricated surfaces: The slow dynamics of skirt formation

Zhaohe Dai and Dominic Vella

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Size effects and failure regimes in notched micro-cantilever beam fracture

Notched micro-cantilever beam fracture (MCF) experiments are increasingly being used to measure fracture toughness of materials at the micro-scale and draw conclusions about size-effects in them. In our recent paper published in Acta Materialia, 'Size effects and failure regimes in notched micro-cantilever beam fracture', we elucidate the failure regimes in MCF experiments and discuss the conditions for validity of MCF tests.

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Formation of rolls from liquid crystal elastomer bistrips

By Yuzhen Chen, Alexa S. Kuenstler, Ryan C. Hayward*, Lihua Jina*

Planar equilibria of an elastic rod wrapped around a circular capstan

We present a study on planar equilibria of a terminally loaded elastic rod wrapped around a rigid circular capstan. Both frictionless and frictional contact between the rod and the capstan are considered. We identify three cases of frictionless contact -- namely where the rod touches the capstan at one point, along a continuous arc, and at two points. We show that, in contrast to a fully flexible filament, an elastic rod of finite length wrapped around a capstan does not require friction to support unequal loads at its two ends.

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Postdoc position at the University at Buffalo – SUNY (Elastic Metamaterials)

The Sound and Vibrations Lab (, directed by Prof. Mostafa Nouh at the University at Buffalo – SUNY, has an opening for a postdoc position in the areas of phononics and elastic metamaterials. The position is supported by an NSF project whose main objective is to investigate the mechanics of space-time-periodic material systems operating within asymmetric, nonreciprocal, non-Hermitian, and/or frequency-selective regimes.

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Journal Club for Apr 2022: On-Body Mechano-Acoustics

On-Body Mechano-Acoustics

Xiaoyue Ni
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Duke University


1. Introduction

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A comment on a hybrid asperity-Persson friction rubber theory by A Emami, S Khaleghian and S Taheri. Friction 9(6): 1707--1725 (2021)

dear collegues, I may be interested to share your views on an "asperity theory" modified Persson's rubber friction contact mechanics theory which I find not clearly motivated and seems to lead to erroneous conclusions ---- but I am also unable to reproduce the results claimed by the authors. The preprint is here, and the original paper attached:

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A Multiresolution Adaptive Wavelet Method for Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations

A Multiresolution Adaptive Wavelet Method for Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations

Adaptive Wavelet Method

If you are interested in the full lecture on the Multiresolution Adaptive Wavelet Method, I have given The Journal of Computational Physics lecture as the part of the Cassyni project.  


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Curvatures of a Surface and the Rotation of the Unit Normal Vector

Thanks to Weingarten’s formulae [1], which date to 1861, the bending deformation of a Kirchhoff-Love shell can be characterized by examining the variation of the unit normal vector to the surface of the shell. 



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Axial-shear mechanical coupling

Anisotropy and chirality create an interesting mechanical coupling – axial-shear coupling. This paper also reports a weak correlation of chirality with negative Poisson’s ratio and a directional negative and positive Poisson’s ratio of a tetra-achiral lattice.

For more information, you can check this paper:

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Axial-bending mechanical coupling

We discovered a novel mechanical coupling effect – axial-bending coupling. Unlike Poisson, axial-shear, and axial-twisting coupling effects, this axial-bending coupling occurs at a non-centrosymmetric square lattice.

For more information, you can check this paper:

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Magneto-Mechanical System to Reproduce and Quantify Complex Strain Patterns in Biological Materials

Based on magneto-active polymers, we provide a non-invasive and real-time control methodology to impose complex mechanical forces on biological systems. The device is conceptualised to be suitable for any traditional microscope! See scheme:


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The Universal Program of Linear Elasticity

Universal displacements are those displacements that can be maintained, in the absence of body forces, by applying only boundary tractions  for any material in a given class of materials. Therefore, equilibrium equations must be satisfied for arbitrary elastic moduli for a given anisotropy class. These conditions can be expressed as a set of partial differential equations for the displacement field that we call universality constraints.

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Phase field fracture predictions of microscopic bridging behaviour of composite materials

Dear iMechanicians,

I hope that you find the following paper of interest. We conducted 3D (phase field) fracture simulations that explicitly resolve the microstructure of composites, predicting the role of key mechanisms such as fibre bridging (i.e., an output of the model, not an input!). 

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Comparison of simulated and measured grain volume changes during grain growth

This is the preprint of an article that will appear in Physical Review Materials (

Comparison of simulated and measured grain volume changes during grain growth

Xiaoyao Peng, Aditi Bhattacharya, S. Kiana Naghibzadeh, David Kinderlehrer,  Robert Suter,  Kaushik Dayal, and Gregory S. Rohrer


PhD Scholarship at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia - Mechanical/Biomechanical Engineering

A PhD student position in the field of mechanics is available in the Department of Mechanical and Product Design Engineering at the Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia). The project will focus on developing a new energy-absorbing metamaterial, incorporating the synergistic effect of shear-thickening fluid (STF) and cellular structures, for improved mechanical performance under different loading conditions.

Prior experience with finite element methods and impact testings is highly preferred.


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