R. de Borst, N. Bicanic, H.A. Mang, G. Meschke (ed.):
"Proceedings of the International Conference of Computational Modelling of Concrete Structures (EURO-C 1998)";
Balkema, Rotterdam, 1998, 1022 pages.
The two volume Proceedings comprise both the invited and contributes papers presented at the EURO-C 1998 Conference held in Badgastein, Austria, from 31st Marck to 3rd April 1998. The EURO-C series of conferences was established in Innsbruck in 1994 as an amalgamation of past traditions from the two successful international conferences ICE 1984 in Split and SCI-C 1990 in Zell am See, as well as the two prestigious Concrete Mechanics Cooloquia held in Delft in 1981 and 1987.
The main objective of the EURO-C conference series remains true to its original purpose - to bring together at regular intervals both researchers and pracising engineers involved in computational modelling of concrete structures. These four day meetings aim the review and discuss novel research efforts and developments and to assess the suitability and robustness of advanced methods and models for the analysis of concrete, reinforced concrete or prestressed concrete structures. Computational mechanics of concrete and concrete like materials, within various modelling formulations and theoretical frameworks, continues to be a very active research field and many formulations currently used in engineering practice can be traced back to earlier conferences in the EURO-C series. The overall robustness of numerical predictions and the mathematical rigour have significantly increased and the sophisticated modelling capabilities are often restricted only by the lacke of sufficient experimental data.
We would like to thank members of the Technical Advisory Panel (Graham Baker, Zdenek Bazant, Pal Bergan, Johan Blaauwndraad, Alberto Carpinteri, Josef Eibl, Anthony Ingraffea, Jeremy Schnobrich, Tada-aki Tanade, Frank Veechio, Zenon Waszczyszyn and Kaspar Willam) for their support and substantial efforts in the reviewing process of the 148 submitted abstracts. We strongly believe that such a rigorous selection ensured the excellent quality of accepted papers, a tradition which we want to maintain for the EURO-C series.
A final total of 102 conference papers are subdivided into 6 sections: 1. Constitutive and numerical modelling; 2. Localisation and failure; 3. Creep, temperature probelms and environmental effects; 4. Dynamic response and cyclic loading; 5. Reinforced/prestressed concrete and interface problems; and 6. Automated design procedures, safety and stability, structural concrete.
We sincerely hope that the EURO-C 1998 Proceedings will continue to serve as amajor reference text in identifying novel formulations and capabilities in computational modelling of concrete structures and in assessing their applicability and relevence in practice.
René de Borst, Nenad Bicanic, Herbert Mang, Günther Meschke