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Journal Club for January 2024: Machine Learning in Experimental Solid Mechanics: Recent Advances, Challenges, and Opportunities

Hanxun Jin (a,b), Horacio D. Espinosa (b)
a Division of Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology
b Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University

In recent years, Machine Learning (ML) has become increasingly prominent in Solid Mechanics. Its diverse applications include extracting unknown material parameters, developing surrogate models for constitutive modeling, advancing multiscale modeling, and designing architected materials. In this Journal Club, we will focus our discussion on the recent advances and challenges of ML when experimental data is involved. With broad community interest, as reflected by the increasing number of publications in this field, we have recently published a review article in Applied Mechanics Reviews titled “Recent Advances and Applications of Machine Learning in Experimental Solid Mechanics: A Review”. Moreover, a recent insightful paper from Prof. Sam Daly’s group also discussed some perspectives in this field. In this Journal Club, we would like to introduce and share insights into this exciting field.

John M. Kolinski's picture

PhD in mechanical engineering at EPFL

We have a fully-funded position for a PhD student in the EMSI lab, in mechanical engineering at EPFL, and are seeking qualified applicants. The thesis topic is: Crack front stability in 3D. Information about our lab can be found on our website at: Engineering Mechanics of Soft Interfaces ‐ EPFL


What we seek: 


Apply for a Postdoc through NPDF for Fracture Mechanics research

Dear motivated PhDs of India, 


There is an opprtunity to work on experimental and numerical fracture mechanics using the prestigious National Post Doctoral Fellowship (N-PDF) by SERB India.

The details are available at:

We can have a discussion for a topic in Fracture Mechanics experimental and/or numerical. The scheme is opening on 3rd July 2023. 

Eligible candidates may contact me at :

giulia scalet's picture

Research fellow position in mechanics of smart polymers for soft robotics

A research fellow position is available at University of Pavia in Italy starting February-May 2023. The position is part of a project in collaboration with Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. Giulia Scalet (

diego.misseroni's picture

PhD position @ the University of Genoa (Italy) - "Damage Mitigation in Lightweight Marine Composites"

A fully funded PhD position in "Damage Mitigation in Lightweight Marine Composites" is available at the University of Genoa (Italy), within the activities of the newly formed National Center on Sustainable Mobility (Spoke 3: Waterways, Work Package WP1: Energy Efficiency).

Yida Zhang's picture

Funded PhD position in Engineering Mechanics or Geomechanics

Our Multiphyical Geomechanics group (Link) at the Civil Engineering department of the University of Colorado Boulder has an opening PhD position for Spring 2023 or Fall 2023 in the area of Engineering Mechanics or Geomechanics. Please see the PDF attached for more details. Thank you!

Bent F. Sørensen's picture

PhD positions in composite materials for wind turbine rotor blades at DTU Wind Energy

The Department of Wind Energy at the Technical University of Denmark is advertsing new PhD-positions within 15 topics.

The PhD projects #5 to #9 in the Wind Energy Materials and Components Division all relate to wind turbine rotor blades, which are very large composite structures - the largests blades are now exceeding 100 metre in length. The PhD-projects cover various aspects of fibre composites from full blade structural scale down to materials scale.

Prashant K. Jha's picture

Kinetic relations and local energy balance for LEFM from a nonlocal peridynamic model

Journal: International Journal of Fracture

Abstract: A simple nonlocal field theory of peridynamic type is applied to model brittle fracture. The kinetic relation for the crack tip velocity given by Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM) is recovered directly from the nonlocal dynamics, this is seen both theoretically and in simulations. An explicit formula for the change of internal energy inside a neighborhood enclosing the crack tip is found for the nonlocal model and applied to LEFM.


mattia.bacca's picture

1 PhD Position on Computational Mechanics of Bioinspired Cutting and Piercing of Soft Materials @ University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

1 Ph.D. position is open for a research project related to bioinspired mechanics of cutting and piercing of soft homogeneous and heterogeneous (composite) materials. The position is under the supervision of Prof. Mattia Bacca in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC, Vancouver – Canada. It is funded by the Human Frontiers in Science Program, in collaboration with the Bioengineering Department at Imperial College London and the Department of Ecology at the University of California.

enrico.salvati1's picture

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Udine in Phase-Field modelling of fracture

I am seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Phase-Field modelling of fracture to join the Design of Machines group at the Polytechnic Engineering and Architecture Department (DPIA) of the University of Udine. The position is fixed-term for 1 year with funding provided by the European Social Fund (ESF). 

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

An improved semi-analytical solution for stress at round-tip notches



A semi-analytical model is developed for the notch tip maximum stress.

Application of the formula to U and blunt V-notches is demonstrated.

The results can be used to assess the brittle failure of notched components.

Pradeep Sharma's picture

Freely Downloadable Special Issue of Journal of Applied Mechanics/Century of Fracture Mechanics/John W. Hutchinson's 80th Birthday

Fracture mechanics is one of the key research topics in our field (of mechanics) and has a rather rich history of innovation and applications. From earth-quakes to air-planes---the mechanics underpinning the phenomenon of materials falling apart has been essential in the development of technology.  Griffith’s work on fracture was published about a 100 years ago and is often widely regarded as the start of modern fracture mechanics.

Erik Bitzek's picture

Three Ph.D. Positions in Computational Atomistic Modeling

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg is inviting applications for three doctoral research positions to begin immediately. The successful applicants will work together with Prof.

Postdoc in Micromagnetics at Aarhus University

Candidates with a strong background in micromagnetics are invited for a 1-year postdoctoral position. The position may be extended up to 6 months. The position is part of the MAGFLY project, which is focused on the development of flywheels using iron-oxide magnets. The position is theoretical/computational and focuses on the modeling and simulation of the microstructure of magnetic materials to predict macroscopic magnetic properties, in close collaboration with the experimental groups of the MAGFLY project.

Cemal Basaran's picture

Entropy Special Issue


Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019


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


Pär Olsson's picture

Available PhD position at the Division of Mechanics at Lund University

The Division of Mechanics at Lund University, Sweden, invites highly motivated and creative applicants for a PhD position oriented towards multiscale modelling of yielding and failure of materials subjected to harsh conditions in energy applications (e.g. components in fusion reactors, battery components, etc.).

Jingjie Yeo's picture

Century Fracture Mechanics Summit 2019, organized by the Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR, Singapore All speakers and delegates are by invitation only. Mechanicians who would like to follow the proceedings online, I will be live-tweeting updates as the event progresses, so follow me on Twitter at Scheduled to be held from 8 to 10 April 2019, the Century Fracture Mechanics Summit will feature an international line-up of influential and visionary speakers from around the world.

Postdoctoral position in computational damage geomechanics

A postdoctoral position in the field of Computational damage geomechanics is open at Université Côte d'Azur.

This project is the result of a collaboration between Geoazur at Université de Nice, the Centre for Material Forming (CEMEF) at Mines ParisTech and the Laboratoire Jean-Alexandre Dieudonné (LJAD) at Université de Nice.

rabedi's picture

PhD position on computational mechanics (preferably with solid mechanics focus)


I have a PhD position available for a project titled " Asynchronous, Parallel-Adaptive Solution of Extreme Multiscale Problems in Seismology" funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The graduate research assistantship (GRA) position is for the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) which is a part of University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK).

This project is conducted in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urabana-Champaign (UIUC). Some of the main components of this project are,


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