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electroadhesion of rough surfaces, with application to touch screen technology

Just submitted a paper on electroadhesion of rough surfaces, greatly simplifying the recent theory of the great Bo Persson , with hot application to touch screens :  see here

Comments welcome.

Dr. Hanaor - Department of Ceramic Materials - TU Berlin's picture

The remarkable mechanical properties of crumpled materials

Mechanics of crumpled materials

Crumpled materials exhibit unusual and as yet unexpained mechanical properties. Through the surprisingly complex morphologies of facets and ridges formed in the crumpling of paper into a ball or densser materials, very high strength to weight ratios can emerge.

Dr. Hanaor - Department of Ceramic Materials - TU Berlin's picture

Compressive performance of MAX phase composites

Compressive performance and crack propagation in MAX phase composites 


Here micro CT was used to reveal the structure performance relationships in metal/ceramic composites based on Ti2AlC / Al alloy combinations.

The results show the promise of infiltrated max phase materials in the production of high performance composites.

Liang Qi's picture

General correlations between local electronic structures and solute-defect interactions in bcc refractory metals

The interactions between solute atoms and crystalline defects such as vacancies, dislocations, and grain boundaries are essential in determining alloy properties.

Arash_Yavari's picture

Riemannian and Euclidean Material Structures in Anelasticty

In this paper we discuss the mechanics of anelastic bodies with respect to a Riemannian and a Euclidean geometric structure on the material manifold. These two structures provide two equivalent sets of governing equations that correspond to the geometrical and classical approaches to nonlinear anelasticity. This paper provides a parallelism between the two approaches and explains how to go from one to the other. We work in the setting of the multiplicative decomposition of deformation gradient seen as a non-holonomic change of frame in the material manifold.

Mike Ciavarella's picture

The false myth of the rise in Italian self-citations, and the impressively positive effect of bibliometric evaluations on the increase of the impact of Italian research

Title: The false myth of the rise in self-citations, and the impressively positive effect of bibliometric evaluations on the increase of the impact of Italian research

Authors: Pietro D'Antuono and Michele Ciavarella

Categories: physics.soc-ph math.ST stat.TH   Comments: 20 pages, 8 figures, 10 tables, in English and inItalian  License:


K. Bertoldi's picture

Journal Club for October 2019: A Metamaterial Approach to Soft Robotics

Metamaterials are rapidly emerging at the frontier of science and engineering. Mechanical metamaterials, in particular, have been designed to show superior mechanical properties, such as ultrahigh stiffness and strength-to-weight ratio, or unusual properties, such as a negative Poisson’s ratio and a negative coefficient of thermal expansion.

mohsenzaeem's picture

Effects of solidification defects on nanoscale mechanical properties of rapid directionally solidified Al-Cu Alloy: A large scale molecular dynamics study

Directional solidification of Al-11 at % Cu is investigated by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations utilizing second nearest neighbor modified embedded atom method (2NN-MEAM) interatomic potential. The condition for directional solidification is produced by imposing dissimilar temperatures at the model boundaries along the [1 0 0] solidification direction to create a temperature gradient. During solidification, the solid-liquid front travels through the Al-Cu liquid along the [1 0 0] direction towards the high temperature end.

Mike Ciavarella's picture

Mean stress effect on Gaßner curves interpreted as shifted Wöhler curves

A criterion for the mean stress effect correction in the shift factor approach for variable amplitude life prediction is presented for both smooth and notched specimens. The criterion is applied to the simple idea proposed by the authors in a previous note that Gaßner curves can be interpreted as shifted Wöhler curves. The mean stress correction used has been proposed by Smith, Watson and Topper and, more in general, by Walker.

Postdoc Position in flexible skins for morphing wings

A postdoc in the area of flexible skin for morphing wings is available at Khalifa University, UAE. 

XiaoyaoPeng's picture

A 3D phase field dislocation dynamics model for body-centered cubic crystals

This is the preprint of an article that will appear in Computational Materials Science (

A 3D phase field dislocation dynamics model for body-centered cubic crystals

Zhengwei Li's picture

New method to fabricate 3D curvy electronics

We report a manufacturing technology, called conformal additive stamp (CAS) printing and show that it can be used to reliably manufacture electronic devices with 3D shapes. Our CAS printing approach employs a pneumatically inflated elastomeric balloon as a conformal stamping medium to pick up pre-fabricated electronic devices and print them onto 3D surfaces to create devices with curvy shapes including electrically small antennas, hemispherical solar cells and smart contact lenses.

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Symmetry-adapted real-space density functional theory for large nanotubes and bending deformations of thin sheets

Dear Colleagues,

Here is our recently published article on Symmetry-adapted real-space density functional theory for large nanotubes and bending deformations of thin sheets

Title: Symmetry-adapted real-space density functional theory for cylindrical geometries: Application to large group-IV nanotubes

 Authors: Swarnava Ghosh, Amartya S. Banerjee, Phanish Suryanarayana*

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