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PhD vacancy at Deakin University with Dr Alban Vaucorbeil on the Material Point Method

Dr. Alban de Vaucorbeil from Deakin University (Victoria, Australia) has a tax-free PhD Scholarship available from November 2023. Funding to conduct research and stipend is provided. The student will be located in Geelong, Australia, close to the city of Melbourne and the famous Bells Beach, Torquay.

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Writing tips

To students and junior researchers,

Together with Stephane Bordas (Luxembourg University) and Alban de Vaucorbeil (Deakin University, Australia), we have assembled a PDF ( outlining our our approach to writing articles on the field of computational mechanics. Also discussed are softwares used. We hope that it will be of help to students and junior researchers.

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Journal Club For April 2021: Variational phase-field modeling of brittle and cohesive fracture

The Journal Club for April 2021 presents a concise review of the so-called variational phase-field fracture theory for brittle and cohesive fracture. Topics include the pioneering work of Griffith on brittle fracture in 1920, Barenblatt's cohesive zone model in 1959, to Marigo/Francfort's variational formulation of Griffith's brittle fracture 78 years later and the Bourdin's phase-field regularisation of MF's model. Also discussed is recent models for cohesive fracture, the role of the length scale parameter, solver for the coupled PDEs and some applications.

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[Deadline: 20 October 2017] ICDM3, July 4-6th, 2018, Shanghai, China - Session on Computational modeling of damage and failure in solids and structures

Dear colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention to the following minisymposium at the Third International Conference on Damage Mechanics (ICDM3) to be held in Shanghai, China, July 4-6th, 2018:

MS5: Computational modeling of damage and failure in solids and structures

organised by Jian-Ying Wu (South China University of Technology), Phu Nguyen (Monash University) and Zhenjun Yang (Zhejiang University). The topics are:

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Modelling interfacial cracking with non- matching cohesive interface elements

Hi all,


I have just published, with Chi Nguyen, Stephane Bordas and Amin Heidarpour, an article at Computational Mechanics, The abstrtact is:



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International Conference on Multiphysical Interaction and Environment, March 09-10, 2015, Vinh Long, Vietnam

Dear all,

 You are cordially invited to submit abstracts or organize a minisymposium for the International Conference on Multiphysical Interaction and Environment, to be held on March 09-10, 2015 in Vinh Long, Vietnam.

 Important Dates

Deadline for proposal for organizing of minisymposia:
July 31, 2014

Deadline for abstract submissions:
July 31, 2014

Notification of acceptance:
August 15, 2014

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High order isogeometric cohesive elements for delamination analysis

Please find attached two recent papers on the use of high order B-splines/NURBS cohesive interface elements for an efficient modeling of delamination of composite laminates.  

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meshless methods summer school (Cardiff University, UK)

Dear all,


Cardiff institute of Mechanics and Advanced Materials is organising the first UK Summer School on Meshless Methods in Mechanics on the 29th and 30th of July 2013. The schedule is below.

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Isogeometric Analysis (IGA)

The aim of this post is to give a brief introduction to the recently emerged isogeometric analysis (IGA) which was presented in the seminal paper " Hughes, T.J.R.; J.A. Cottrell, Y. Bazilevs (2005). "Isogeometric analysis: CAD, finite elements, NURBS,exact geometry and mesh refinement". Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Engrg. (Elsevier) 194: 4135–4195." IGA refers to a computational framework in which the basis functions used to represent the geometry in CAD are used for approximating the unknown fields in FEA. In this regard, IGA also employs the well known isoparametric concept.

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Assistant Professor Position open at the Division of Computational Mechanics, Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam

We are opening one or two Assistant Professor positions at the Division of Computational Mechanics, Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam led by Prof. Hung Nguyen-Xuan and Dr. Trung Nguyen-Thoi. The candidates who hold a PhD degree on Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering or Computational Engineering are expected to work on some national projects on the field of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and enhance the on-going research activities of the group.

Information on the Ton Duc Thang university can be found here

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A review on multiscale methods for material modeling

Dear all,

Please find enclosed our paper which is published on Journal of Multiscale Modelling
Vol. 3, No. 4 (2011) 1–
42 which gives an overview of state of the art multiscale techniques for material modeling. 

The paper discusses the following topics: homogenization, Representative volume element, computational homogenization (Fe2 methods) for both both bulk materials and strong discontinuities. 

I hope the paper is useful for beginners to the field.

All the bests, 

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A free program to generate interface elements in an existing FE mesh

Hello all,

Last year when I started implementing interface elements to model material failure, I realized that the formulation is easy except how to generate a mesh with interface elements. I did a googling to search for such a free program. Amazingly, I did not find any although there are many researchers working on the fracture mechanics field.

So, I wrote a small object-oriented C++ program which reads a FE mesh, duplicates nodes and insert interface elements where asked. The program is able to

(1) insert 1D/2D interface elements everywhere in a FE mesh

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Looking for a postdoctoral position in the field of (solid) computational mechanics


My name is Nguyen Vinh Phu, a PhD student at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. I have been working with Prof. Bert Sluys on a project named "Coarse graining of failure in heterogeneous solids" since July 2007. I am finishing my work and therefore seeking for a postdoctoral position starting after July 2011.

My expertise in computational solid mechanics includes

(1) Finite elements, extended finite elements and meshless methods.

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Crack penetration in cohesive zone models

Hi all,

I am conducting some cohesive crack simulations within the framework of XFEM. The cohesive model is an initially rigid traction-separation law for mode I.  In order to deal with negative values of the normal sepration/jump, I use a penalty stiffness K.

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Post-Doc in Computational Material Science or Computational Mechanics Institute of Structural Mechanics, Bauhaus Uni. Weima

Multiscale Methods for Fracture

are looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow for a Research Project on
multiscale modeling of material failure. The Postdoctoral Fellow should
have done his/her PhD preferably in Computational Material Science or
otherwise in Computational Mechanics. A strong background in Molecular
Dynamics, multiscale methods such as the bridging domain or bridging
scale method and finite element methods is required.

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about the multiscale aggregating method (MAD) of Prof. Belytschko

Hello all

I have spent a large amount of time trying to undertstand the multiscale aggregating method (MAD) of Prof. Belytschko. Unfortunately, I still can not compltely understand the method. 

If there is anyone here in the forum already gets clear about the method, please help me.


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2D approximation of heterogeneous 3D media

Dear All,

Could somebody indicate me some literature about the topic "2D
approximation of heterogeneous 3D media"?

In particular I am interested to address following issues:

1) Under which conditions averaging thermal conductivity and young
modulus (or more general, mechanical behaviour) on multiple 2D crossections of an heterogeneous "random"
material can be a good approximation for the behaviour of the real 3D

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solver for a very hetereogeneous system of equations

Hello everybody,

I am solving a FE problem on a hetereogeneous medium consisting of rigid phase (Young modulus of about 100 000 N/mm2), a softer phase (Young modulus of 20 000 N/mm2) and pore (Young modulus of 1 N/mm2). The reason that I have to mesh the pore is that there are some elements of rigid phase hanging out in the pores. So, if I do not mesh the pore, then my FE matrix is singular. 

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free mesh generator based on imaging data

Dear all,

 I am wondering if there exists a mesher that can generate finite element mesh (2D or 3D) from imaging data? It would be much nicer if there are somes and free.

 Thanks a lot in advance for your help.

 Vinh Phu

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