H.A. Mang, F. G. Rammerstorfer (ed.):
"Proceedings of the IUTAM/IACM Symposium on Discretization Methods in Structural Mechanics II";
Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 1999, 371 pages.
The IUTAM/IACM Symposium on Discretization Methods in Structural Mechanics was held in Vienna, Austria, from 2nd to 6th June 1997. The site of the Symposium was the "Theatersaal" of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The Symposium was attended by 71 persons from 23 countries. In addition, several Austrian graduate students and research associates participated in the meeting.
In the 5-day Symposium a total of 48 papers were presented. All of them were invited and accorded equal weight in the programme. The following topics were covered:
¨ Error-controlled adaptivity of finite element methods
¨ Large deformations and buckling including inelastic deformations
¨ Inelastic brittle or ductile localization, phase transition and system failure, resulting from monotonic, cyclic or impact loading
¨ Sensitivity analysis and inverse problems with special emphasis on identification of material parameters
¨ Development of linear and nonlinear finite element methods for thin-walled structures and composites
¨ Implicit integration schemes for nonlinear dynamics
¨ Coupling of rigid and deformable structures; fluid-structures and acoustic-structure interaction
¨ Competitive numerical methods (finite element methods, boundary element methods, coupling of these two methods)
¨ Identification of material and structural data
Comments on details of the treatment of these topics are contained in the Concluding Remarks. The Editors would like to express their appreciation to E. Stein who has prepared these Concluding Remarks.
The lectures and their discussions clearly showed the remarkable evolution of "Discrete Methods in Structural Mechanics" since the first IUTAM/IACM Symposium on this topic in 1989. Several new aspects have come into focus since that time. Many of them were stimulated by challenging requirements resulting from high-tech applications. It was particularly rewarding to find that researchers both from the area of constitutive modeling and from the field of computational structural mechanics come to a consensus concerning the need of a better synthesis of efforts in both areas for the ultimate purpose of improving the quality of structures. It was no less rewarding to observe the rapidly growing acceptance of quality control of numerical analyses by means of adaptive finite element methods.
This Volume contains 41 papers, reflecting only the content of the respective lectures. Much to the regret of the Scientific Committee some manuscripts were not submitted. All the papers contained herein have been reviewed to the standard of leading scientific journals. The Editors would like to acknowledge the great efforts on behalf of both the authors and the reviewers.
The Editors particularly wish to thank the Bureau of IUTAM, the Executive Council of IACM, and the International Scientific Committee. Part of the success of the Symposium is a consequence of the excellent facilities provided by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The organizers would like to express their appreciation to M. Milletich from the Academy and to her staff for the great efforts related to the conference facilities.
The smooth running of the Symposium owes much to the initiative and the organizational skills of Th. Huemer, R. Lackner, G. Meschke from the Institute for Strength of Materials, and G. Liebenauer, R. Frohner and H.J. Böhm from the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Aerospace Engineering, both of the Vienna University of Technology.
Finally, the Editors would like to express their gratitude to the sponsoring organizations who have supported the Symposium financially, namely, the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM), the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Transportation, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Creditanstalt Wien Rilkeplatz, the Institute for Strength of Materials, and the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Aerospace Engineering, both of the Vienna University of Technology.
Vienna, August 1998
H.A. Mang and F.G. Rammerstorfer