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EML Webinar on 4 November 2020 on Topological adhesion, wet and elastic by Zhigang Suo

EML Webinar on 4 November 2020 will be given by  Zhigang Suo, Harvard University. Discussion leader: Jimmy Hsia, Nanyang Technological University

Title: Topological adhesion, wet and elastic

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New results on shock mitigation of MC gels to appear in JMPS

This recently accepted paper, to appear in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, reports our detailed experiments on shock energy absorption of methylcellulose hydrogels. A phenomenological model is developed and validated that allows for a quantitative estimate of the attnuated signal as a function of the gel layer thickness and composition.

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Numerical and experimental analysis of the bi-stable state for frictional continuous system

Friction induced vibrations are a very well known problem in engineering applications. Sometimes they are referred to be unpredictable, intermittent, capricious (!!!) and particularly experimentalists know this very well. Here, by means of numerical simulations and experimental measurements, we highlight how capriciousness may arise from the multistable behavior of frictional systems, i.e. their characteristic to show multiple stable solutions for the same set of governing parameters. Hence initial conditions and perturbations become crucial.

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How contact area decreases under shear load in soft bodies?

A very good paper has just been published in JMPS by  J.C. Mergel, J. Scheibert, R.A. Sauer "Contact with coupled adhesion and friction: Computational framework, applications, and new insights". it shows the results of numerical simulations with soft bodies sheared by a tangential force. There is a vivacious discussion in Literature if the contact area reduces due to adhesion or due to large deformation.

Invitation to attend Mr. Ran Tao PhD defense at COHMAS lab, KAUST.



Enhancing the bonding of CFRP adhesive bonding through laser-based surface preperation sterategies.


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A finite element formuation for a direct approach to elastoplasticity in special Cosserat rods

A finite element formulation is presented for a direct approach to model elastoplastic deformation in slender bodies using the special Cosserat rod theory. The direct theory has additional plastic strain and hardening variables, which are functions of just the rod's arc-length, to account for plastic deformation of the rod. Furthermore, the theory assumes the existence of an effective yield function in terms of stress resultants, i.e., force and moment in the cross-section and cross-section averaged hardening parameters.

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EML Webinar on October 28, 2020 on Multi-scale and Trans-scale Analysis in Particle-laden Turbulence

EML Webinar on 28 October 2020 will be given by Prof. Xiaojing Zheng, Lanzhou University. Discussion leader: Prof. Yujie Wei, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Title: Multi-scale and Trans-scale Analysis in Particle-laden Turbulence

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Global Composites Experts Webinar by Kevin Potter

Title: Automating the lay-up of geometrically complex composite structures made from preimpregnated reinforcements: a route to a roadmap

Speaker: Dr. Kevin Potter

Time: 10/29, 11AM-12PM EST.

Please go to to register for this talk.


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The Mechanochemistry Discussions

Dear iMechanical Community

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A predictive deep-learning approach for homogenization of auxetic kirigami metamaterials with randomly oriented cuts

This paper describes a data-driven approach to predict mechanical properties of auxetic kirigami metamaterials with randomly oriented cuts. The finite element method (FEM)was used to generate datasets, the convolutional neural network (CNN) was introduced to train these data, and an implicit mapping between the input orientations of cuts and the output Young’s modulus and Poisson’s ratio of the kirigami sheets was established. With this input–output relationship in hand, a quick estimation of auxetic behavior of kirigami metamaterials is straightforward.

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Architected Elastomer Networks for Optimal Electromechanical Response

Dear Colleagues,

This is the preprint of an article on the design of elastomer networks for optimal electromechanical response that will appear in JMPS. We explore how various structural properties of an elastomer network (e.g. density of cross-links, fraction of loose-end monomers, orientation density of chains, etc.) affects both its bulk elastic and dielectric properties, and its performance as an actuator. (


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NSF: Mechanics of Materials and Structures (MoMS) Program Listserv

Dear US Academic Researchers,

If you want to get on to the announcement listserv dedicated to the Mechanics of Materials & Structures (MoMS) program at the National Sciecne Foundation, then perform this task:

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Journal Club for October 2020: Toughening Transparent Ceramics with Bio-inspired Architectures

Toughening Transparent Ceramics with Bio-inspired Architectures

Zhen Yin (1, 2)

1 McGill University, Canada

2 Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany

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Phase-field modeling of crack propagation in polycrystalline materials

A phase-field model based on a modified form of the regularized formulation of Griffith’s fracture theory is presented to investigate intergranular and transgranular crack propagations in polycrystalline brittle materials. Grains and grain boundaries are incorporated in the crack initiation and propagation model based on a phase-field model for grain growth, in which the elastic anisotropy varies based on the grain orientation angle, and the grain boundary energy is related to the misorientation angle of the adjacent grains.

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Global Composites Experts Webinar by Ken L Reifsnider

Title: Direct coupling predicting the strength and life of fiberous composite laminates

Speaker: Dr. Ken L Reifsnider

Time: 10/8, 11AM-12PM EST.

Please go to to register for this talk.

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A new planner BCN lateral heterostructure with outstanding strength and defect-mediated superior semiconducting to conducting properties

Motivated by the recent synthesis of boron-carbon-nitride (BCN) monolayers with different atomic compositions, we propose a novel planar BCN lateral heterostructure with a combination of graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) counterparts. Density functional theory (DFT) and classical molecular dynamics (CMD) simulations are integrated to examine the effects of defects (vacancy and Stone-Wales (SW) defects) and temperature on the physical properties of the BCN heterostructure.

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Post-doctoral research associate and Graduate student openings

A postdoctoral and graduate student openings with the main focus on the mechanics of composites materials are available immediately in Shakiba's group. We are looking for strongly motivated candidates to work on an AFOSR supported project on 1) thermo-mechanical damage coupling in FRPs, 2) simulation of additively manufactured composites and 3) sensitivity and machine learning for damage predictions.


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