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Post-Doctoral Position in Modeling of Thermal Transport in Crystalline Solids

The Materials Theory Group at the School of Materials Engineering of Purdue University has a post-doctoral opening in the area of modeling of thermal transport in crystalline solids. The postdoc will use Boltzmann Transport Equation approach to investigate the phonon and electron thermal transport in crystalline solids with defects. Applicants with closely related theory background in physics, materials science, mechanical engineering, or other majors are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate is one who is strongly interested in the fundamental concepts of thermal transport and related computational modeling, and must have excellent programming skills. To apply, please send a curriculum vita with list of publications and the names and contact information of two references to Professor Anter El-Azab ( The cover letter should explain the relevance of the applicant background to the postdoc research topic above. This position is part of the DOE funded Energy Frontiers Research Center for Thermal Energy Transport under Irradiation (TETI), and the postdoc is expected to collaborate with a large team of theorists and experimentalists. The position is available now and will remain open until filled.

Plane stress Abaqus UMAT

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Hello everyone,

I have created a UMAT code for J2 elasto-plasticity with isotropic hardening for 3D solid elements.

At this point I would like to support also plane stress shell elements. What changes in the code are

suggested? The already implemented code, takes as input the strain tensor at time tn and the strain

increment tensor and updates the stress at time tn+1 and calculates the material Jacobian and 

achieve quadratic convergence. The stress and strain tensors are manipulated as 6x1 vectors and the 

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Novel Metamaterials based on Triply Periodic Minimal Surfaces

Recently, there has been a growing interest in investigating the multi-functional properties of novel types of metamaterials, metastructures, and metacomposites based on triply periodic minimal surfaces (TPMS). TPMS have been discovered more than 160 years ago and thanks to additive manufacturing (3D printing) they become reality only recently and opend the doors for several applications.

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Structures loaded with a force acting along a fixed straight line, or the “Reut’s column problem”

How to provide a structure with a force lying on a fixed line?
We provide the answer to this question in our paper: Bigoni and Misseroni (2019) Structures loaded with a force acting along a fixed straight line, or the “Reut’s column problem”.
Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids.
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Configurational forces and nonlinear structural dynamics

How a mass falls when attached to a flexible element with varying length?
We provide the answer to this question in our paper: Armanini, Dal Corso, Misseroni, Bigoni (2019) Configurational forces and nonlinear structural dynamics.
Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids.
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The Elastica Catastrophe Machine

May a catastrophe machine be realized through an elastic continuous element?
We provide a positive answer to this question in our paper: Cazzolli, Misseroni, Dal Corso. Elastica catastrophe machine: theory, design and experiments. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids.

Enjoy watching our videos below (would you have trouble playing videos on YouTube, click here to watch them).

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Functionalized helical CNT fibre bundles as biosensors for healthcare

Mechanical mismatches between implanted electronics and biological tissues can lead to inaccurate readings and long-term tissue damage. Here, we show that functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes twisted into helical fibre bundles that mimic the hierarchical structure of muscle can monitor multiple disease biomarkers in vivo. The flexible fibre bundles are injectable, have a low bending stiffness and display ultralow stress under compression.

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Prediction of forming limit diagrams using machine learning

Measuring forming limit diagrams (FLDs) is a time consuming and expensive process. Machine learning (ML) methods are a promising route to predict FLD of aluminium alloys. In the present work, we developed a machine learning (ML) based tool to establish the relationships between alloy composition / thermomechanical processing route to the material's FLD.

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Mode II fracture of an elastic-plastic sandwich layer

Dear iMechanicians,

Please find below a paper, co-authored with Ivan Cuesta and Norman Fleck, on the mode II fracture of elastic-plastic sandwich layers. The paper is part of the special issue in the Journal of Applied Mechanics dedicated to John Hutchinson's 80th anniversary and the Century Fracture Mechanics Summit.

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Soft Magneto-Active Composites

"Soft magnetoactive laminates: large deformations, transverse elastic waves and band gaps tunability by a magnetic field"  by  N. Karami Mohammadi et al (2019) has been published in November Special Issue in Journal of Applied Mechanics.

This paper is part of my group and co-author work on the topic of Soft Magneto-Active Composites:

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Harnessing energy landscape exploration to control the buckling of cylindrical shells

Abstract: Even for relatively simple thin shell morphologies, many different buckled configurations can be stable simultaneously. Which state is observed in practice is highly sensitive to both environmental perturbations and shell imperfections. The complexity and unpredictability of postbuckling responses has therefore raised great challenges to emerging technologies exploiting buckling transitions.

interfacing matlab with abaqus script using a user subroutine

Dear all,

the question is in the title.

I found solutions on the web to make matlab execute an inp file making use of a user subroutine: system(['abaqus job=' Abaqusname  ' user=' fortranname ' -inter']). It works well if, prior to the command,  a dll file of the fortran file is created and a file 'abaqus_v6.env' is set.

However, if I want to do the same by running, from matlab, the python script which makes use of the same user subroutine, there are errors.

command in matlab: system(['abaqus cae']);

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Experimental Mechanics call for papers

Please see the attached flyer from Editor-in-Chief Ioannis Chasiotis. 

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Post-doctoral fellowship position at Polytechnique Montréal on phase field modelling

Polytechnique Montréal is looking for a post-doctoral fellow having a very strong training in continuum mechanics/numerical methods to work on the phase field modelling of damage in materials. This one-year project will consist in deploying and applying an existing phase field code at two industrial partners: one in optics and the other in aerospace. 

Please send your CVs at my address: martin.levesque(at)

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Entropy Special Issue


Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019


Special Issue "Entropy Based Fatigue, Fracture, Failure Prediction and Structural Health Monitoring"


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Electro-mechanical behaviour or rough surfaces

Understanding electrical contact resistance 

Electrical contact resistance at interfaces between pairs of rough surfaces is of great importance in the performance of diverse systems, particularly in miniaturised electromechanical systems containing switches.


In this study, the role of pressure and surface structure is explored with a view towards gaining a beter understanding of electrical contact resistance.


Scholarships for Postgraduate Research Students to study at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia

There are several PhD scholarships at School of Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. The scholarship includes the annual stipend AU$27,596 for three years (with possible 6 months extension). The focus of the research will be on topology optimization of structures, materials, and metamaterials.

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

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How to import edited node coordinates (mesh) to Abaqus?

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import modified nodes coordinates to abaqus

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Friction-induced energy losses in mechanical contacts subject to random vibrations

In this paper, we apply the previously developed Method of Memory Diagrams (MMD) to the description of an axisymmetric mechanical contact with friction subject to random vibrations. The MMD belongs to a family of semi-analytical methods of contact mechanics originating from the classical Cattaneo-Mindlin solution; it allows one to efficiently compute mechanical and energetic responses to complex excitation signals such as random or acoustic ones.

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A nonlinear data-driven reduced order model for computational homogenization with physics/pattern-guided sampling

Developing an accurate nonlinear reduced order model from simulation data has been an outstanding research topic for many years. For many physical systems, data collection is very expensive and the optimal data distribution is not known in advance. Thus, maximizing the information gain remains a grand challenge. In a recent paper, Bhattacharjee and Matous (2016) proposed a manifold-based nonlinear reduced order model for multiscale problems in mechanics of materials. Expanding this work here, we develop a novel sampling strategy based on the physics/pattern-guided data distribution.

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Universal Displacements in Linear Elasticity

In nonlinear elasticity, universal deformations are the deformations that exist for arbitrary strain-energy density functions and suitable tractions at the boundaries. Here, we discuss the equivalent problem for linear elasticity. We characterize the universal displacements of  linear elasticity: those displacement fields that can be maintained by applying boundary tractions in the absence of body forces for any linear elastic solid in a given anisotropy class.


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