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Multiple fully-funded PhD positions in Multi-scale Mechanics Modelling, University of Groningen (Netherlands)

Several fully-funded PhD openings are available (flexible start date) in the lab of Dr Maresca at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (
The research topics will focus on the multi-scale mechanics modelling of the following problems:
a)    Hydrogen embrittlement in steels
b)    High entropy alloys
c)    Shape memory alloys

Abstract submission deadline extended! International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials XIII


International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials XIII

13-18 September 2020 | DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Cod, Hyannis, MA, USA

The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 15 May 2020.

Please submit your poster and oral abstracts on the topics listed below using the online abstract submission system

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Investigation of Spindle Rotation Rate Effects on the Mechanical Behavior of Friction Stir Welded Ti 4Al 2V Alloy

Nowadays, titanium and its alloys are widely utilized in various industrial parts in such areas as the petrochemical, medical, and automotive industries; However, due to structural considerations, the application is problematic in cases of joining. Ti 4Al 2V is a new type of titanium alloy, that in point of the structure is near to the α-series, which have many applications in critical conditions (moisture, steam, temperature, etc.).

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Micro-scale interactions between Arabidopsis root hairs and soil particles influence soil erosion

De Baets, S., Denbigh, T.D.G., Smyth, K.M. et al. Micro-scale interactions between Arabidopsis root hairs and soil particles influence soil erosion. Commun Biol 3, 164 (2020).


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Fully-funded PhD student positions in the general field of Computational Mechanics of Materials

Dr. Yanqing Su's group in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Utah State University (USU) is looking for fully funded Ph.D. students in the general field of Computational Materials Science. Self-motivated individuals who have research experience in one or more of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply for the Ph.D. positions in our group:

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A phase-field mixture theory of tumor growth

Our paper on the phase-field mixture theory of tumor growth is published in JMPS. The continuum model simulates significant mechano-chemo-biological features of avascular tumor growth in the various microenvironment, i.e., nutrient concentration and mechanical stress.

Faghihi, Feng, Lima, Oden, and Yankeelov (2020). A Coupled Mass Transport and Deformation Theory of Multi-constituent Tumor Growth. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 103936.

HETSYS PhD studentship in Data-driven materials modelling

PhD in Data-driven modelling of non-linear heterogenous materials

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with a sound background in micromechanics/solid mechanics, and interest in data-driven multiscale modelling of heterogeneous materials to work on a project 'Heterogeneous Materials in Extreme Environments' within the Centre for Doctoral Training HetSys at the University of Warwick (see


Entry requirements

PhD scholarship application in Geomechanics at University of Lyon - Micromechanical and multi-scale behaviour of damaged heterogeneous rocks around underground excavations



The goal of this project is to investigate the multi-scale behaviour of clay rocks, going from microscopic to macroscopic scale, with application to underground drilling. The research will be based on multi-scale approach and numerical method allowing to model microstructure media in a double-scale framework (FEMxFEM). Please, see the full description in the attached file here below.

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Postdoctoral position at Texas A&M University

One postdoctoral position is available in the Computational Cardiovascular Bioengineering Lab at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. This position will focus on developing and using integrated computational-experimental models of cardiovascular function. Some representative research projects are described here:

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Final reminder for abstract submission - Conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling

Dear Colleagues,

Hope this finds everyone well.

Please consider submitting an abstract to the Symposium 15 "Modeling and Design of Architected Materials" at the 10th International Conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling that will take place in Baltimore in October 19-23, 2020.

The deadline for abstract submission is March 31.

This symposium will discuss the latest advances in computational design and modeling of architected materials.

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A unification of finite deformation J2 Von-Mises plasticity and quantitative dislocation mechanics

Rajat Arora       Amit Acharya

We present a framework which unifies classical phenomenological J2 and crystal plasticity theories with quantitative dislocation mechanics. The theory allows the computation of stress fields of arbitrary dislocation distributions and, coupled with minimally modified classical (J2 and crystal plasticity) models for the plastic strain rate of statistical dislocations, results in a versatile model of finite deformation mesoscale plasticity. We demonstrate some capabilities of the framework by solving two outstanding challenge problems in mesoscale plasticity: 1) recover the experimentally observed power-law scaling of stress-strain behavior in constrained simple shear of thin metallic films inferred from micropillar experiments which all strain gradient plasticity models overestimate and fail to predict; 2) predict the finite deformation stress and energy density fields of a sequence of dislocation distributions representing a progressively dense dislocation wall in a finite body, as might arise in the process of polygonization when viewed macroscopically, with one consequence being the demonstration of the inapplicability of current mathematical results based on $\Gamma$-convergence for this physically relevant situation. Our calculations in this case expose a possible 'phase transition'-like behavior for further theoretical study. We also provide a quantitative solution to the fundamental question of the volume change induced by dislocations in a finite deformation theory, as well as show the massive non-uniqueness in the solution for the (inverse) deformation map of a body inherent in a model of finite strain dislocation mechanics, when approached as a problem in classical finite elasticity.

Paper can be found at link Finite_Deformation_Dislocation_Mechanics.




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Call for Abstract Submission to SES2020 Symposium on Damage and Thermo-Chemo-Mechanical Coupling in Polymers

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to submit your relevant work to a mini-symposium on “Damage And Thermo-Chemo-Mechanical Coupling In Polymers” (full description below) at the 2020 Society of Engineering Science. SES 2020 will be held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, September 28-30th.

We also like to announce that Prof. Ellen Arruda will give the keynote of this symposium. 

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Theoretical and Numerical Analysis of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury and its Prevention

Theory of physical aging from polymer science is, for the first time, introduced to understand ACL injury and its prevention. By analogy to physical aging of amorphous polymer materials, we think physical aging of two bundles of ACL will largely increase risk of ACL injury. Besides, physical aging will also build a heterogeneous stress and strain in ACL due to its natural anatomic structure, which is a large risk for athletes. The specific designed prevention programs for ACL injury such as plyometrics, strengthening and other neuromuscular training exercises [1] are believed to erase physical aging of ACL. ACL with less physical aging is less likely to get injured in sport activities. In this article, a virtual physical aging simulation is built to validate current hypothesis. Erasing physical aging of ACL may provide an accurate and quantitative way to prevent ACL injury.

Two-dimensional finite element analysis of elastic adhesive contact of a rough surface

Adhesive contact of a rigid flat surface with an elastic substrate having Weierstrass surface profile is numerically analyzed using the finite element method. In this work, we investigate the relationship between load and contact area spanning the limits of non-adhesive normal contact to adhesive contact for various substrate material properties, surface energy and roughness parameters. In the limit of non-adhesive normal contact, our results are consistent with published work.

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Blueprinting Photothermal Shape‐Morphing of Liquid Crystal Elastomers

By Alexa S. Kuenstler, Yuzhen Chen, Phuong Bui, Hyunki Kim, Antonio DeSimone, Lihua Jin, Ryan C. Hayward

PhD vacancy (4 years) on topology optimization of large 3D printed structures with functionally graded materials

Arc welding based additive manufacturing or WAAM techniques are attracting interest from the manufacturing industry because of their potential to fabricate large metal components with low cost and short production lead time. This process exists alongside other high deposition rate metal AM technologies such as powder and wire based DED. While these use either laser or an electron beam as energy source to melt a metal powder or wire, WAAM technologies melt metal wire using an electric arc.

PhD/postdoc vacancy (4 years) on computational mechanics of large wind turbine blades

Over the last years, UGent-MMS has developed the stand-alone BladeMesher software for generating finite element models of large wind turbine blades. The software reads in the material data and airfoil data of the wind turbine blade, and automatically constructs the geometry and finite element mesh for the blade. In a next step, the nodal and element information of the finite element mesh is written out to an input file for a commercial finite element solver (Abaqus in this case).

PhD vacancy (3 years) on experimental testing of thermoplastic automotive composites

Thermoplastic composites are gaining more and more interest in automotive, aerospace and sports applications, because of the short cycle times and recycling possibilities. Besides short fibre-reinforced thermoplastics, also continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites are being considered for load-carrying structures. However, their behaviour during manufacturing and during in-service use is very different from the traditional thermoset composites (typically epoxy-based).

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Postdoc Position in Soft Electronics and Robotics at Michigan State University

The Laboratory for Soft Machines & Electronics ( at the MSU has one postdoc associate opening in the areas of soft materials and machines. The research work is expected to be highly multi-disciplinary, and the specific topics includes: Smart materials and structures, Soft robotics, Artificial skins; Energy harvesters, Wearable Electronics, Machine Learning, etc. This position is available immediately.


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