PHD position at CEA and University of Bordeaux

Closing date : End of December 2019

key words : Discrete Element Method, Ceramic Material, Dynamic Shock

This thesis aims to make a significant advance in the modeling of fracture behaviors occurring in ceramics against high and short loadings. Laser shock will be specifically studied and will be the main application in this work. The dynamic behavior of such ceramics are currently modeled with homogenized techniques and are limited when fracture occurs. In this thesis, the Discrete Element Method (DEM) will be investigated to simulate a laser shock. Complex fracture behavior such as initiation, rapid propagation and coalescence must be obtained and validated with experimental datas at the CEA. The DEM is also developed for more than ten years at the Institute of Mechanics and Engineering of Bordeaux especially in the simulation of brittle materials.

A full detail of the thesis and contacts can be accessed in the link

Winter School on GEOMECHANICS for ENERGY and the ENVIRONMENT

The Laboratory of Soil Mechanics of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (LMS- EPFL) is pleased to announce The 3rd edition of the Winter School dedicated to Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment.

The event will be held from 21st to 23rd of January 2020 in Villars-sur-Ollon in the heart of the Vaud Alps (Switzerland).

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Mini-symposium: Computational Geomechanics, WCCM-ECCOMAS 2020

We would like to make you aware of a mini-symposium we are organizing for WCCM-ECCOMAS in 2020, to be held in Paris on July 19-24, 2020. The symposium is entitled “Computational Geomechanics”, and focuses on modeling aspects related to geological materials. A full description can be found at https://www.wccm-eccomas2020.org/admin/Files/FileAbstract/a280.pdf.

We would be honored if you could contribute to our mini-symposium. The abstract submissions are open now and the deadline for submission is Dec 15, 2019: https://www.wccm-eccomas2020.org/frontal/Autor.asp. After you login, there is a template for abstracts.

Please can you forward this to any colleagues who might be interested in attending

We look forward to hearing from you and to meeting you at the conference.

Best regards,

S Sun, R Regueiro, R Borja, JS Chen, M Rouainia, C Tamagnini 

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer position at Northumbria University

The Faculty of Engineering and Environment is passionate about the principles and applications of Science and Technology in all its forms and strives to be excellent in research, teaching and innovation.

Working within the Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering, you will provide expertise in an area of Civil Engineering to further enhance research, teaching and entrepreneurial activities. This will include designing, developing and delivering high quality teaching activities, undertaking individual and joint research to produce high quality academic outputs and inform teaching and participating in external activity to generate income and promote the subject.

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Associate Professor/Professor position at Northumbria University

The Faculty of Engineering and Environment is passionate about the principles and applications of Science and Technology in all its forms and strives to be excellent in research, teaching and innovation.

Working within the Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering, you will provide expertise in an area of Civil Engineering to further enhance research, teaching and entrepreneurial activities. The department has particular strengths in Civil Engineering Heritage, Future Construction Technology, and Construction Engineering Management. We are currently seeking to strengthen and consolidate our existing activity in Civil Engineering. In particular, we are looking for candidates with research expertise in fire and explosion resistance of structures, but welcome applications from candidates across all of our areas of research, which include: numerical geotechnics; highway materials; numerical modelling of water and environmental chemistry; railway infrastructure.

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PhD position at the University of Edinburgh

Project Description
It is well understood that microscopic interactions between water menisci and soil particles govern the macroscopic mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils. However, how water repellency affects those interactions is largely unknown. Successfully accounting for the effect of repellency on soil hydro-mechanical behaviour could yield significant benefits to geotechnical design. Soil water repellency naturally arises due to the deposition of plant oils or humic substances or after severe heating episodes, for example wildfires. Artificial treatments can, however, also be used to render soils permanently hydrophobic. Such treatment might be desirable to deter infiltration, for example in engineered cover systems where waste exposure to water may result in severe contamination of the surrounding landscape.
This project will exploit state-of-the-art experimental techniques to examine the evolution of water-repellent soil hydro-mechanical behaviour on the microstructural (water retention and pore size evolution) and macrostructural (strength and stiffness) scales. The project will take advantage of the long-term strong collaborative relationships between leading UK universities studying unsaturated soil behaviour to deliver an engaging and rewarding PhD experience.

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Acoustic Waves and Effective Mechanical Properties in Granular Media – the Mircromechanical Perspective

Mini-symposium at WCCM ECCOMAS 2020

We are delighted to invite you to speak in our mini-symposium, Acoustic Waves and Effective Mechanical Properties in Granular Media – the Mircromechanical Perspective, at the 14th World Congress in Computational Mechanics (https://www.wccm-eccomas2020.org/frontal/) to be held next July in Paris, FR.

The aim of the symposium is to bring together a broad range of specialists in the experimental, numerical simulation and theoretical modelling of granular materials in order to facilitate valuable knowledge exchange, and form fruitful new collaborations between modellers and experimentalists. A full description of the symposium can be found in the link given below:

https://www.wccm-eccomas2020.org/admin/Files/FileAbstract/a272.pdf

If you are interested in speaking at the symposium, you can submit your abstract here:

https://www.wccm-eccomas2020.org/frontal/CsmRegUsrForm10.asp

Important dates are listed below:

 December 15, 2019: Deadline for presenting a one page abstract;

– February 28, 2020: Acceptance of the contributions and instructions for writing the final one page abstract;

– April 1, 2020: Deadline for submitting the final abstract and early bird registration.