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Minisymposia at EMI 2016 Conference: Computational Mechanics and Interface Modeling

We are co-hosting two mini-symposia at the EMI 2016 Conference at Vanderbilt University.

Abstracts are sought that are relevant to the following topics:

“Computational Methods and Applications for Solid and Structural Mechanics”

The aim of this minisymposium is to provide a forum for discussing the novel computational methods and applications that pertain to solid and structural mechanics problems. This minisymposium seeks to bring together students, academicians and professionals working on computational solid and structural mechanics. In particular, contributions on the following topics are of significant interest: (a) novel discretization techniques and computational methods for contact, fracture, interface modeling and other important engineering problems; (b) multiscale modeling and methods for heterogeneous materials including composites, concrete, wood, and others; (c) multiscale modeling and methods for structural mechanics problems; (d) computational methods for time dependent structural and material response (collapse, creep, fatigue, etc.); (e) modeling of multiphysics phenomena (e.g., coupling of mechanics with electromagnetic, chemical, or transport effects); (f) solution techniques, error estimation, algorithmic analysis and convergence studies in computational mechanics. This MS is sponsored by the EMI Computational Mechanics Committee.

“Modeling the Mechanics of Material Surfaces and Interfaces”

The intent of this symposium is to bring together researchers investigating the mechanics and physics of interfaces, including free boundaries or surfaces. Interfaces are a critical physical feature of many natural and engineered systems. The computational modeling of such systems is complicated by evolving discontinuities, capturing local spatial and temporal scales that can be orders of magnitude below the system scales, as well as the formation and/or interaction of free surfaces. Problem classes include, but not limited to, contact and friction between deformable bodies, delamination or fracture in materials, localization or boundary layer tracking, fluid-structure interaction, and growth instabilities in biological/material systems. Computational techniques that address stability issues in interface methods and imposition of interface conditions, such as, mortar finite element methods, discontinuous Galerkin methods, extended/generalized finite element methods (XFEM/GFEM), Nitsche methods, mixed interpolation methods, and embedded mesh methods are welcome. Submissions that relate to either the development of such methods or their application to engineering problems are encouraged.

Further information can be found on the conference website. Deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2015.