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Contact mechanics challenge announcement

We call for a modeling competition in contact mechanics and invite theorists and modelers alike to make predictions on a mathematically well-defined problem.

The problem can be specified as follows:
- linear elasticity and small-slope approximation
- short range adhesion
- self-affine rough surface, topography provided numerically in real space and in Fourier space.

Participants are asked to make predictions that we can test by solving the problem numerically. You can participate by sending your predictions in a PDF by e-mail. For more details…

Proceedings of Force Fields 2014

Proceedings of the Workshop on Force Fields: From atoms to materials, which was held from November 3-5, 2014, at Forschungszentrum Jülich are now published at
Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering.


Force Fields 2014

We would like to call attention to the workshop Force Fields: From Atoms to Materials, or brief force fields 2014, which will take place November 3-5, 2014 at Forschungszentrum Jülich. The workshop, which is chaired by Prof. Müser, will focus on the development of modern force fields making possible the description of bond breaking, defects, chemical reactions and heterogeneity including interfaces.

Leaks revealed

Our latest published work on leakage through seals was selected as editor’s choice by Physical Review Letters and featured with a focus article. There is also some coverage in the German media (Tagesspiegel, Scinexx).