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Journal Club: Magnetic Soft Materials and Robots: Design (Code), Applications and Future Directions

Magnetic Soft Materials and Robots: Design (Code), Applications and Future Directions


This post was adopted from a News & Views by Zhao and Kim recently published on Nature [1].


Speakers announced for the 5th International Conference on BioTribology (ICoBT 2020)

We are pleased to announce our first confirmed speakers for the 5th International Conference on BioTribology (ICoBT 2020), which will be held at the beautiful location of Royal Holloway, University of London in Egham, UK, 13-16 September 2020.

Plenary speaker:
Prof. Dr. Stanislav GorbKiel University, Zoological Institute, Functional Morphology and Biomechanics, Germany

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A postdoc position is immediately available in the Mechanics of Complex Systems Lab at UIUC

Dear all,

The Mechanics of Complex Systems Lab at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign ( hiring two postdoctoral researchers in the broad area of computational mechanics and its applications to environmental mechanics.

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PhD Positions in Mechanical Engineering at Temple University for 2020

2 funded PhD positions are available immediately.  The research is on computational mechanics and materials relating to nuclear materials, energy storage materials, biomaterials, and composite materials.  Temple University is located in Philadelphia, the sixth-most populous U.S. city, about 2 hours from New York City and 3 hours from Washington DC.  Temple University is ranked 104 by US News.  Interested candidates please send CV, transcripts and standard test scores to 

31th  Edition of the Annual Robert J. Melosh Competition at Duke University


Duke University will host on April 24, 2020 the 31th Annual Robert J. Melosh Competition for best papers by graduate (or recently graduated) students.


The deadline for extended abstract submission is January 20, 2020. 


Students interested in participating can find more details about the format of the competition and submission requirements at


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Faculty position openings at Stony Brook University

The Department of Civil Engineering at Stony Brook University has started a search for 3 tenure-track faculty positions at the assistant professor or associate professor level with a desired start date of September 2020. We seek to fill the positions (one each) in the following areas:

1. Geotechnical Engineering. For this position, we are primarily interested in applicants who have expertise in energy geotechnics and coastal geotechnics. Also of interest is environmental geotechnics.

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Call for Abstract: WCCM 2020 Mini-symposium on "Advances of Machine Learning in Material Design, Modeling and Processing"

Dear Colleagues:

We cordially invite your participation in the mini-symposium

Advances of Machine Learning in Material Design, Modeling and Processing” (MS226)

at the 14th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM XIV) to be held on July 19-24, 2020 in Paris, France. This is a great opportunity for researchers, graduate students and post docs who are working on this emergent field to share their experiences and discuss on recent progress.

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PhD positions in meta-materials and computational mechanics at Kansas State University

Fully funded PhD positions in the area of meta-materials, computational mechanics and wave propagation available in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Kansas State University. Research will be in topics related to the mechanics of metamaterials and the mechanics of amorphous or granular media.  

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A hydrodynamic analogy to the crack driving force

Students often have a tough time understanding the crack driving force in an elementary course on fracture mechanics.

A recent free access article has been published on a fluid analogy to the crack driving force and the Riabouchinsky free streamline problem for ideal fluid flow around two plates.  Hopefully this analogy can aid in the visualization.

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.

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Recent advances in soft materials

I attach the slides of my talks at last week’s MRS meeting in Boston on two topics:

  • Fatigue-resistant stretchable materials

  • Integrated soft materials

2020 Thomas K. Caughey Dynamics Award – Professor Pol D. Spanos

The Executive Committee of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division is pleased to announce and congratulate Professor Pol D. Spanos, Lewis B. Ryon Professor in Mechanical & Civil Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Rice University, as the recipient of the 2020 Thomas K. Caughey Dynamics Award.

2020 Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Award – Professor Narayana R. Aluru

The Executive Committee of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division is pleased to announce and congratulate Professor Narayana R. Aluru, Richard W. Kritzer Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as recipient of the 2020 Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Division Award.

2020 Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award - Professor Xuanhe Zhao

The Executive Committee of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division is pleased to announce and congratulate Professor Xuanhe Zhao, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as the recipient of the 2020 Thomas J. R.

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Computational Geomechanics mini-symposium at EMI 2020 New York

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to cordially invite you to the Computational Geomechanics mini-symposium at the ASCE EMI 2020 Conference, which will take place on May 26–29, 2020 at Columbia University in NYC. The abstract submission is now open until January 15, 2020 (Link: The mini-symposium description is given below:

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Postdoctoral and PhD Positions supported by ERC Starting Grant Horizon2020 in Germany Hannover University

Position description: Four postdoctoral research fellows and two PhD positions are now open for ERC Starting Grant wth focus on nano energy harvester. The project is financially supported by ERC Starting Grant from Horizon2020.

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 

Abaqus Explicit: difference in TEMP, STRESS and PEEQ computation between adiabatic and coupled


I have the two following INP files for Abaqus where the only difference is that in one case I'm using a CAX4R element on the other case, I'm using a CAX4RT element. Solver has been changed from one case to the other one.
This is the only difference between both cases.

Simulation time is small, so that conduction is negligible.

BUT: results in terms of Strains, Stresses and Temperatures differs.
T = 164.1°C for CX4R
T = 323.9°C for CAX4RT

The difference is Huge, what's Wrong ?


A PhD position in Nanyang Technological University in Singapore


Machine learning-based approaches for modeling and numerical simulation of advanced materials.

Preferred background

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

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PhD position available in systems engineering with support- George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia)

A PhD student is sought to perform research on systems engineering theory relying on the mathematics of probability theory, decision theory, game theory and social choice theory.  The student will be supported under an NSF grant in the Mechanical Engineering department of George Mason University and work with Dr. George Hazelrigg.  If interested, please contact Dr. Hazelrigg at


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