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Journal Club for June 2020: Mechanically instructive biomaterials: a synergy of mechanics, materials and biology


Mechanically instructive biomaterials: a synergy of mechanics, materials and biology

Zhenwei Ma, Jianyu Li

Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada


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EML Webinar

  • Mark your calendar: every Wednesday at 9:30 am Boston, 2:30 pm London, 3:30 Paris, 10:30 pm Beijing.
  • Join live webinars in two ways: Zoom (for attending the lecture and participating in the discussion) or YouTube Live Stream.
  • Watch videos of past EML Webinars on YouTube or Weibo.
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Oblique wrinkling patterns on liquid crystal polymer core–shell cylinders under thermal load

Smart soft materials, which can flexibly respond to external multi-physics stimuli, have attracted considerable attention over the past few years. Here, we present tunable wrinkling patterns in cylindrical core-shell systems under thermal load via the orientation of director in nematic liquid crystal polymer (LCP). To quantitatively analyze mechanical behavior and morphological evolution of LCP core-shell cylinders, we develop a core-shell model that accounts for director-induced anisotropic spontaneous strains.

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A new continuum model for metallic glass based on thermodynamics

My group at Peking University proposed a novel mechano-chemical continuum model based on the framework of thermodynamics that can describe the microstructural evolution in metallic glass, and connect it with the macroscopic plastic deformation. The model successfully simulated the shear band instability and dilatancy effects of metallic glass under uniaxial tension and simple shear.

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VUMAT viscoelasticity (Maxwell model)

Dear all,

I would like to ask you for advice. I am about to simulate a pull-through test (see attached picture) of a cladding panel made of a material with highly viscoelastic behaviour. I have parameters for Maxwell model (Prony series) obtained from test. I expect large deformation and probably cone failure (or tearing of the cladding panel). Therefore I would like to use Abaqus/Explicit. The problem is that I cannot use *visco step together with Explicit. Is there any way to solve it?

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EML Webinar on 11 November 2020 on Mechanobiology: A Tale of Stressed Life by Sulin Zhang

EML Webinar on 11 November 2020 will be given by Sulin Zhang, Penn State University. Discussion leader: Teng Li, University of Maryland

Title: Mechanobiology: A Tale of Stressed Life

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Phase field modelling of fracture and fatigue in Shape Memory Alloys

Dear iMechanicians. I hope that the following paper is of interest to you. We develop the first phase field formulation for fracture (and fatigue) in Shape Memory Alloys. Its potential is demonstrated by solving a variety of paradigmatic 2D and 3D boundary value problems, from R-curves to fatigue cracking of a NiTi biomedical stent.

M. Simoes, E. Martínez-Pañeda. Phase field modelling of fracture and fatigue in Shape Memory Alloys. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 373 (2021) 113504

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EML Webinar on 4 November 2020 on Topological adhesion, wet and elastic by Zhigang Suo

EML Webinar on 4 November 2020 will be given by  Zhigang Suo, Harvard University. Discussion leader: Jimmy Hsia, Nanyang Technological University

Title: Topological adhesion, wet and elastic

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New results on shock mitigation of MC gels to appear in JMPS

This recently accepted paper, to appear in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, reports our detailed experiments on shock energy absorption of methylcellulose hydrogels. A phenomenological model is developed and validated that allows for a quantitative estimate of the attnuated signal as a function of the gel layer thickness and composition.

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Numerical and experimental analysis of the bi-stable state for frictional continuous system

Friction induced vibrations are a very well known problem in engineering applications. Sometimes they are referred to be unpredictable, intermittent, capricious (!!!) and particularly experimentalists know this very well. Here, by means of numerical simulations and experimental measurements, we highlight how capriciousness may arise from the multistable behavior of frictional systems, i.e. their characteristic to show multiple stable solutions for the same set of governing parameters. Hence initial conditions and perturbations become crucial.

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How contact area decreases under shear load in soft bodies?

A very good paper has just been published in JMPS by  J.C. Mergel, J. Scheibert, R.A. Sauer "Contact with coupled adhesion and friction: Computational framework, applications, and new insights". it shows the results of numerical simulations with soft bodies sheared by a tangential force. There is a vivacious discussion in Literature if the contact area reduces due to adhesion or due to large deformation.

Invitation to attend Mr. Ran Tao PhD defense at COHMAS lab, KAUST.



Enhancing the bonding of CFRP adhesive bonding through laser-based surface preperation sterategies.


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A finite element formuation for a direct approach to elastoplasticity in special Cosserat rods

A finite element formulation is presented for a direct approach to model elastoplastic deformation in slender bodies using the special Cosserat rod theory. The direct theory has additional plastic strain and hardening variables, which are functions of just the rod's arc-length, to account for plastic deformation of the rod. Furthermore, the theory assumes the existence of an effective yield function in terms of stress resultants, i.e., force and moment in the cross-section and cross-section averaged hardening parameters.

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EML Webinar on October 28, 2020 on Multi-scale and Trans-scale Analysis in Particle-laden Turbulence

EML Webinar on 28 October 2020 will be given by Prof. Xiaojing Zheng, Lanzhou University. Discussion leader: Prof. Yujie Wei, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Title: Multi-scale and Trans-scale Analysis in Particle-laden Turbulence

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Global Composites Experts Webinar by Kevin Potter

Title: Automating the lay-up of geometrically complex composite structures made from preimpregnated reinforcements: a route to a roadmap

Speaker: Dr. Kevin Potter

Time: 10/29, 11AM-12PM EST.

Please go to to register for this talk.


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The Mechanochemistry Discussions

Dear iMechanical Community

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A predictive deep-learning approach for homogenization of auxetic kirigami metamaterials with randomly oriented cuts

This paper describes a data-driven approach to predict mechanical properties of auxetic kirigami metamaterials with randomly oriented cuts. The finite element method (FEM)was used to generate datasets, the convolutional neural network (CNN) was introduced to train these data, and an implicit mapping between the input orientations of cuts and the output Young’s modulus and Poisson’s ratio of the kirigami sheets was established. With this input–output relationship in hand, a quick estimation of auxetic behavior of kirigami metamaterials is straightforward.


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