30 September 2013
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Paul Steinmann, Jean-Francois Ganghoffer
Growth and remodelling in the framework of shape and topology optimization
The main objective of the Minisymposium is to gather researchers interested in the development of models and applications of growth and remodelling phenomena in connection with shape and topology optimization.
Contributions on the following topics are welcome:
- Mechanics of inhomogeneities (Material Rearrangements): Inhomogeneities, Microstructural evolutions; Configurational Mechanics.
- Solid bodies under biological evolution: models and numerical aspects: Volumetric growth; Surface growth; Remodelling; Functional adaptation.
- Growth and remodelling in relation to shape and topology optimization: Shape and topology optimization in relation to microstructural evolutions; Functional adaptation of bone; Biological evolution and dynamical systems; Goal functions.
Jacek S. Leszczynski, Matthew Hall
Analysis and modelling of coupled transport phenomena in complex materials and structures
A variety of applications in science and engineering lead to analysis of transport processes through materials and structures having complex nature. On the other hand, the complex processes and phenomena are revealed by the variability of structures, multiscale behaviour and nonlinear relationships. Scope includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:
- porous and granular materials, biomaterials, composites, laminates,
- complex, heterogeneous, tortuous, porous and granular structures,
- hygrothermal, thermomagnetic, transport and anomalous processes,
- experimental, computational, non-local and uncertain analysis,
- modelling techniques including classical approaches and fractional calculus.
Adam Glema, Zbigniew Kacprzyk, Jacek Magiera, Andrzej Tomana
BIM – BuildingSmart
Building Information Modeling [BIM] object-oriented standards are an important aspect of this strategy, enabling the exchange of interoperable digital data supporting different representations of the building processes and the built environment in which they reside. This digital representation include 3D geometry, 4D phasing (3D space + time), 5D costing (4D + cost), as well as spatial information, geographic information, and properties of building components and elements, also for structural analysis. The mention of CAD or 2D in the design process is a thing of the past. BIM, at least 3D modeling, clash detections and coordination are the only words used nowadays. Industry Foundation Classes [IFC] are the BuildingSmart data model standard. IFC is the complete and fully stable open and international standard for exchanging BIM data. BuildingSmart has a software certification process to support software developers.
Jyri Outinen, Adam Glema, Ewa Blazik-Borowa
Structural Fire Engineering
Structural fire engineering plays a significant role in the field of design of structures, There's been a variety of research in the past and this field of research is still active. Computational tools are nowadays in active use widely and the use of them becomes more and more important.
Especially performance based fire design needs efficient calculation tools to be able to simulate the most dangerous fire scenarios in the building.
Transferring temperature information between fire simulation and structural design softwares needs special solutions. To solve these challenges there's been several large research Projects concerning fire dynamics, data transfer, material behaviour and structural response have been carried out and will be presented in this mini-symposium.
Andrzej Garstecki, Tomasz Lewiński, Niels Olhoff, Jan Sokołowski
Optimization of Materials and Structures
The aim of the Minisymposium is to gather together researchers interested in the development of structural topology methods, shape optimization techniques and in the modern structural optimization approaches in general to the design of engineering structures and materials. The modern optimization methods unify the theories of materials and the theories of structures, since optimization influences both global and local characteristics, thus leading to a hierarchical design. Papers on various optimisation formulations are welcome, e.g: gradient based methods, approximate-discretized solutions, continuum based numerical solutions, material interpolation schemes, new concepts of computing sensitivities, vibration control, treating nonlinearities, in particular the global buckling instability phenomena, thermomechanical problems, retrofit design synthesis, the design of foundations in the presence of soil-structure interactions, the design of composite materials and structures.
Tomasz Kubiak, Viorel Ungureanu
Numerical methods in thin-walled structures analysis
In the frame of the mini-symposium there will be considered different numerical aspects of static, dynamic and stability problem of different types of thin-walled structures. The spcial ineterst is connected in stability for conservating and non-conservative loading, modal analysis, nonlinear vibrations, advanced materials models in mentioned structures.
Barbara Boni, Witold Kąkol, Adam Borkowski
Industrial Application in Solid and Fluid Mechanics
We are encouraging challenging papers in the area of:
1.Energy, including off-shore structures
2.Life sciences
4.Explicit and implicit dynamics
5.Virtual testing
Presentations should demonstrate both complexity of models, material modeling, combined with the model size to show possibilities and boundaries of the current commercially used software and simulation tools to assist solving real life problem with efficiency.
J. Małachowski, E. Cadoni , J. A. Rodríguez-Martínez
Numerical methods in analysis of structures subjected to extreme loading conditions
The Mini-Symposium attempts to gather researchers devoted to computational analysis of solids subjected to dynamic solicitations, strengthening of structures under extreme loading conditions and assessment of protection systems submitted to impact and blast situations. The contributions will be focused on the following topics:
- Computational description of materials subjected to high loading rates.
- Mesh and meshless methods in analyses of structures submitted to impact and blast.
- Numerical simulations in structural collapse analysis.
- Computational methods in structural health assessment.
- Protection systems and security designs.
The Mini-Symposium is intended to present challenges and achievements in applications of computational and experimental mechanics in safety of structures.
Ewa Majchrzak, Bożidar Sarler, Bohdan Mochnacki
Heat and Mass Transfer
The mini-symposium is devoted to the problems connected with the theoretical and practical aspects of heat and mass transrer numerical modelling. The organizers expect that the subjects of papers will cover not only the clasic problems in this area but also the issues related to the micro-scale heat transfer, bio-heat transfer, modeling of phase changes etc. The new numerical algorithms and procedures basing on the FDM, CVM, FEM, BEM, mechless methods shoul be also presented.
Witold Cecot, Waldemar Rachowicz, Grzegorz Zboinski
Adaptive methods and error estimation
The minisymposium is devoted to applications of various kinds of adaptivity (h, p, hp, remeshing, relocation of nodes, and model adaptivity as well) in techniques of numerical discretization of partial differential equations (PDEs). These techniques include Finite Element, Finite Difference, Boundary Element, Finite Volume and Meshless Methods.
Both, discretization and modelling adaptivities are usually related to error estimation techniques, where the approximation and modelling errors are assessed, respectively. Note that the error estimation and the related adaptivity control is the second area of the mini-symposium concern.
We wish to invite the papers presenting the newest developments in adaptivity and error estimation in scientific and engineering applications as well as the new theoretical progress in developing these algorithms. Applications in: solid and fluid mechanics, wave propagation, coupled problems, and all other phenomena in applied sciences would be of interest.
Tadeusz Burczynski, Jacob Fish, Maciej Pietrzyk
Multiscale Modelling of Materials and Structures
The objective of the minisymposium is to gather researchers working on various aspects of modelling of phenomena occurring in materials and structures at various scales, from nano through micro and mezo to macro scale, and to enable exchange of experience:
- Conventional and new computational multi scale approaches.
- Theoretical basis of various applications of multi-scale analysis techniques.
- Development of the statistically representative volume elements.
- Adaptive hp methods in multiscale modelling.
- Applications of the multi scale modelling to existing and future industrial problems
- Solving microstructural problems, such as crack propagation, strain localization, microstructure evolution, solidification, phase transformation and others.
- Application of the mutli scale modeling to functionally grader materials, nano layers, etc.
- Optimization and identification in multiscale modelling.
Janusz Orkisz, Sergio R. Idelsohn, Sławomir Milewski
Meshless and related methods
The broad topics of interest of the "meshless and related methods" minisymposium include fundamental developments, algorithms, assessment of current and new techniques, related methods and a variety of applications/developments to include static/steady and transient/dynamic time dependent formulations.
Papers involving all aspects of meshless methods (MM) of various types (including particle methods) would be welcome. Expected are papers presenting wide range of applications of the MM, demonstrating their maturity as well as current and potential power in analysis of complex problems emerging in engineering practice. Successful discussions providing answers to the problems mentioned here, would be one of the most important objectives of this special session.
J. Pamin, L.J. Sluys, J. Tejchman
Computational Mechanics of Concrete and Geomaterials
The aim of the minisymposium is to provide a forum to present and discuss within CMM-2013 the progress in computational mechanics of concrete, rock and soil.
Papers are invited which concern constitutive modelling of those materials, including damage, slip and fracture processes. The issues of continuous and discontinuous representation of failure are here of particular interest. The simulations of both material and structural behaviour using classical and novel numerical approaches are welcome, since they should provide benchmarks for other scientists. The research on coupled physical phenomena in (reinforced) concrete and soil is also expected to be covered. Finally, the analyses at different scales of observation (including the methodologies to bridge the scales) are in the focus of the minisymposium.
Ryszard Buczkowski, Przemysław Litewka, Alfred Zmitrowicz (Invitation Letter)
Contact Mechanics
The planned scope of this Mini-Symposium should cover a full variety of related topics including:
- 2D and 3D problems
- friction and wear
- multi-scale and multi-field problems
- rough surfaces - statistical and fractal models
- geometry and kinematics description of contact
- covariant description of contact interfaces
- elasto-visco-plasticity
- optimization in contact analysis
- error analysis
- variational inequalities
- contact constitutive laws including anisotropy
- genetic algorithms
- interface contact and special finite elements
Mieczyslaw Kuczma, Jörg Schröder, Gwidon Szefer, Vladimir Kompis, Milan Zmindak
Composite materials and structures
The aim of this MS is to bring together researches working in the field of composite materials and structures. These are an active research area due to their wide applications and challenging problems involved.

The talks will deal with the modelling and numerical simulation of the non-linear response of composite materials as well as structural parts and structures made thereof, and composite (heterogeneous) structures made of different component materials. Included are continuous fibre reinforced polymer materials like classical laminates, their use in strengthening of structures, composite beams, plates, shells and columns, etc. Of great interest are both phenomenological and micromechanics based models including plasticity, viscosity, damage, fracture, and interface phenomena, as well as multiscale and/or coupled multiphysics simulations.

Novel aspects of physical and mathematical modelling, and computational methods as well as adapted solution procedures are welcome.