ADVANCED ANALYSIS IN STEEL AND STEEL-CONCRETE COMPOSITE STRUCTURES

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Prof. José Guilherme Santos da Silva – State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Brazil – jgss@uerj.br

Prof. Ricardo Azoubel da Mota Silveira – Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), Brazil – ramsilveira@yahoo.com.br

Objectives:

The aim of this mini-symposium is to summarize the progress in theoretical, computational and experimental research in the field of structural analysis of steel and steel-concrete composite structures. Special emphasis is always given to new concepts and procedures concerning the computational modelling, structural analysis and design of steel and steel-concrete composite structures. Topics of interest include static and dynamic analysis, fatigue analysis, seismic analysis, vibration control, stability design, connections, cold-formed members, bridges and footbridges, fire engineering, trusses, tower and masts, linear and nonlinear structural dynamics and soil-structure interaction. Papers of all research areas related to theoretical, numerical and experimental aspects concerning the computational modelling, analysis and design of steel and steel-concrete composite structures are very welcome.

ADVANCED GRIDDING AND DISCRETIZATION TECHNIQUES FOR PETROLEUM RESERVOIR SIMULATION

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Paulo R. M. Lyra – Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil – prmlyra@padmec.org

Darlan K. E. Carvalho – Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil – dkarlo@uol.com.br

Clovis R. Maliska – Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil – maliska@sinmec.ufsc.br

Regis K. Romeu – Petrobras Research Center (CENPES), Brazil – regisromeu@petrobras.com.br

Objectives:

The mini-symposium is dedicated to the discussion of recent developments and applications in the field of Numerical Simulation of Petroleum Reservoirs and related disciplines, including new gridding, numerical formulations and multiscale methods. The goal is to bring together researchers, students and professionals in the field of Petroleum Reservoir Simulation and related areas. The scope of the min-symposium ranges from the mathematical and computational methods to the modeling and simulation of challenging applications in petroleum reservoir simulation.

ADVANCES IN ENGINEERING AND COMPUTATIONAL METHODS, APPLIED IN HYDROPOWER PLANT, PUMPED HYDROPOWER STORAGE AND HYDROKINETICS, EQUIPMENTS AND SYSTEMS

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Carmo Gonçalves – ELETROBRAS ELETRONORTE – carmo.goncalves@eletronorte.gov.br

Joaquim Pinheiro de Oliveira Neto – ELETROBRAS ELETRONORTE – joaquim.oliveira@eletronorte.gov.br

Antonival Lima Albuquerque – ELETROBRAS ELETRONORTE – antonival.albuquerque@eletronorte.gov.br

Richard Straatman – ANDRITZ HYDRO – richard.straatmann@andritz.com

Ricardo da Costa Rigolin – GE RENEWABLE ENERGY – ricardo.rigolin@power.alstom.com

Maria Regina Zoby – VOITH HYDRO – maria.zoby@voith.com

 

Objectives:

Considering the diversification of the Brazilian energy matrix, with the growth of intermittent sources and environmental requirements, it is necessary studies on hydroelectric plants with regulating reservoirs, as well as energy storage systems and generation systems, with high operational availability of their equipments.

The main objectives of this mini symposium are share knowledge of (a)computational methods, (b) numerical simulations, (c) modeling and engineering advances, on hydropower plants, pumped storage hydropower plants, hydrokinetic turbines (hydraulic transient, cavitation, penstock, hydraulic turbines, turbine friendly fish, gates, generators, dam and energy optimization).

ADVANCES IN MODELLING AND SIMULATION OF AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Maria Alzira de Araújo Nunes – Federal University of Brasilia (UnB-Gama), Brazil – maanunes@unb.br

Rita de Cássia Silva – Federal University of Brasilia (UnB-Gama), Brazil – ritasilva@unb.br

Valmir Fleischmann – VirtualCAE, Brazil – valmir@virtualcae.com.br

Objectives:

The aim of this mini symposium is to provide a forum for dialogue amongst students and engineers, as well as industry, government, academia, environmental and standards organizations. The main purpose is to share ideas and advances about the technological development of the automobile. Authors are invited to submit original contributions in all research areas related to automotive, with special emphasis in new concepts and procedures concerning the computational modeling and simulation techniques. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): dynamics, stability and control; modelling and simulation of steering, suspension, traction and braking systems; aerodynamics; vehicle structure crashworthiness; design and simulation of safety technology; NVH simulation and analysis; multibody system (MBS) dynamics; FEM, BEM and optimization methods applied to automotive context; vehicle crash simulation. Finally, aspects dealing with integration of CAD, CAE and reliability assessment are more than welcome.

ADVANCES IN MODELLING AND SIMULATION OF WIND ENERGY SYSTEMS

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Maura Angélica Milfont Shzu – Federal University of Brasilia (UnB-Gama), Brazil – maura@unb.br

Suzana Moreira Avila – Federal University of Brasilia (UnB-Gama), Brazil – avilas@unb.br

Marcus Vinicius Girão de Morais – Federal University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil – mvmorais@unb.br

Alcides Soteiro de Oliveira Filho – EletroNorte, Brazil – alcides.filho@eletronorte.gov.br

 

Objectives:

Faced with a future scenario of scarcity of fossil fuels and large impacts on the environment, the use of renewable energy sources has become wide object of studies that seek to diversify the global energy mix. Among these various sources, there are others alternatives of sources such as wind energy. The use of turbines for energy recovery is characterized as a low environmental impact conversion process, which can represent innovative solutions in the context of energy local, regional or national headquarters.

Unexpected failures of wind turbine components, such as blades and towers are related to up to 40% of a wind farm cost. Reducing maintenance costs and extend wind turbines lifespan is a challenge.

The aim of this mini symposium is to bring together researchers in computational mechanics, computer science, engineering and applied mathematics, and practitioners in wind energy systems, to tackle the problems of computer based modelling & simulations.

ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF OFFSHORE SYSTEMS

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Bruno Martins Jacovazzo – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (POLI / UFRJ) – brunojacovazzo@poli.ufrj.br

Bruno da Fonseca Monteiro – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (POLI / UFRJ) – bruno.monteiro@poli.ufrj.br

Juliana Souza Baioco – Fluminense Federal University (UFF) – jsbaioco@id.uff.br

Breno Pinheiro Jacob – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE / UFRJ) – breno@lamcso.coppe.ufrj.br

Objectives:

This mini-symposium deal with the application of computational methods in the analysis and design of systems and structural components employed for oil & gas exploration and production. Different types of systems and structures can be considered, including for instance fixed platforms, rigid or compliant; moored floating platforms; rigid and flexible risers; pipelines; subsea equipment; and so on. The methods can be applied to the study of different aspects of the behavior of such systems, including structural and hydrodynamic analysis; oceanography, environmental loadings and fluid-structure interaction; geotechnics, foundation systems and soil structure interaction; reliability, random and spectral analysis, signal processing, optimization, and other topics.

BOUNDARY ELEMENT AND MESH-REDUCED METHODS

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Francisco Célio de Araújo – Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), Brazil – fcelio@em.ufop.br

Ney Augusto Dumont – Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil – dumont@puc-rio.br

Objectives:

The purpose of this mini-symposium is to have experts  discuss their  most recent  theoretical achievements and engineering-oriented applications in the field of Boundary Element Methods and Meshless Techniques. In this respect, contributions focusing on formulations involving the coupling of boundary-integral-based methods with other numerical methods such as the Finite Element Method are also welcome.

COMPUTATIONAL GEOTECHNICS

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Christianne de Lyra Nogueira – Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), Brazil – chris@em.ufop.br

Marcio Muniz de Farias – Federal University of Brasília (UNB), Brazil – muniz@unb.br

Objectives:

The objective of this mini-symposium is to provide a forum for presentation and discussion of research’s results in computational geomechanics. Authors are invited to submit original contributions in the field of soil and rock mechanics. Emphasis will be on novel computational methods, formulation and practical applications.

COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TECHNIQUES FOR OPTIMIZATION AND DATA MODELING

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Helio J. C. Barbosa – National Laboratory of Scientific Computation (LNCC), Brazil – hcbm@lncc.br

Nelson F. F. Ebecken – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil – nelson@ntt.ufrj.br

Objectives:

This Mini-Symposium intends to provide a forum in which engineers, researchers, and students can exchange ideas and information about modern search procedures (such as genetic algorithms, ant colony optimization, artificial immune systems, etc.), artificial neural networks, and fuzzy systems, when applied alone or in association with other optimization and machine learning techniques in the solution of real-world problems in engineering, biology, etc. as well as in data modeling and knowledge discovery tasks.

COMPUTATIONAL METHODS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING AND ANALYSIS

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

João Manuel R. S. Tavares – Engineering Faculty of University of Porto (FEUP), Portugal – tavares@fe.up.pt

Alex F. de Araujo – Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS Campus do Pantanal), Brazil – alex.araujo@ufms.br

Objectives:

In recent years, several efforts have been made to develop efficient and robust computational methods for image processing and analysis. Usually, these methods are based on geometrical, statistical or physical approaches and aim to achieve enhanced visualizations and/or facilitate high-level analysis of complex image data. Image processing and analysis algorithms can be applied in various areas, such as industry, engineering, medicine, biology, biomechanics and sports, with different goals, like image restoring, image enhancement, image segmentation, image recognition and classification, image description, shape reconstruction, motion analysis, simulation and animation.

The main goal of this Mini-Symposium is to bring together specialists from various fields related to Computational Vision, Mathematics, Informatics, Statistics, Biomedical Imaging, Engineering, among others. The proposed Mini-Symposium will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of issues related to Computational Methods for Image Processing and Analysis with the purpose of identifying the major lines of development for the near future. Moreover, another challenge of the Mini-Symposium is to establish a connection between researchers and end-users from related fields.

Possible Topics (not limited to): (a) Image Processing and Analysis; (b)Image Enhancement; (c) Image Restoration, Compression, Segmentation and Description; (d) Image Segmentation; (e) Object Tracking, Matching, Registration, Recognition and Reconstruction; (f) Visual Inspection; (g) 3D Vision; (h) Medical Imaging; (i) Simulation and Animation; (j) Software Development for Image Processing and Analysis; (k) Grid Computing in Image Processing and Analysis; (l) Applications of Image Processing and Analysis.

COMPUTATIONAL MODELING OF CANCER

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Regina Célia Cerqueira de Almeida – National Laboratory for Scientific Computation (LNCC), Brazil – rcca@lncc.br

Paulo Fernando de Arruda Mancera – São Paulo State University (IBB/UNESP), Brazil – pmancera@ibb.unesp.br

Objectives:

This mini symposium is intended to show current progress in multiscale mathematical and computational models of cancer formation, progression and treatment. We will bring together researchers who approach these problems from many points of view, encompassing experimental and clinical data-driven modeling as well as mathematical and/or computational modeling techniques. It aims to showcase and stimulate collaborative and integrative research, addressing different topics on cancer and tumor development. Typical but not exclusive topics of interest include: (1) Development and selection of mathematical and computational models for representing the biological and physical phenomena; (2) Data acquisition, interpretation and integration to model calibration and selection; (3) Uncertainty modeling assessment and quantification; (4) Development of computational tools for cancer simulation.

COMPUTATIONAL PLASTICITY: MONOTONIC AND CYCLIC APPLICATIONS

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Lucival Malcher – Federal University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil – malcher@unb.br

Edgar Nobuo Mamiya – Federal University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil – mamiya@unb.br

Miguel Vaz Júnior – State University of Santa Catarina (UDESC), Brazil – miguel.vaz@udesc.br

José M.A. César de Sá – Engineering Faculty of University of Porto (FEUP), Portugal – cesarsa@fe.up.pt

Francisco M. de Andrade Pires – Engineering Faculty of University of Porto (FEUP), Portugal – fpires@fe.up.pt

Larissa Driemeier – Polytechnical School of University of São Paulo (Poli/USP), Brazil – driemeie@usp.br

Objectives:

The plasticity has been an important subject for industrial applications and on the last decade has become a subject of studies for a wide group of researchers around the world. In this sense, the proposition of present mini-symposium is to show the most recent developments on computational plasticity, regarding monotonic and cyclic applications, such as: numerical integration strategies, kinematic hardening, determination of stress-strain fields under non-proportional loading, prediction of fracture initiation, contributions in estimation of fatigue life, continuum damage mechanics, and so on.

COMPUTATIONAL THERMAL SCIENCES

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Thiago Antonini Alves – Technology Federal University of Paraná (UTFPR Campus Ponta Grossa), Brazil – thiagoaalves@utfpr.edu.br

Objectives:

The aim of this mini-symposium is to summarize the progress in theoretical and computational research in the field of Thermal Sciences. Topics of interest include thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. The goal is to bring together researchers, students, and professionals in this field and related areas.

CONSTRUCTAL DESIGN

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Mateus das Neves Gomes – Federal Institute of Paraná (IFPR), Brazil – mateus.gomes@ifpr.edu.br

Luiz Alberto Oliveira Rocha – Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil – luizrocha@mecanica.ufrgs.br

Elizaldo Domingues dos Santos – Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG), Brazil – elizaldosantos@furg.br

Liércio André Isoldi – Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG), Brazil – liercioisoldi@furg.br

Objectives:

The main goal of the Constructal Design Mini-Symposium is to promote a discussion about the recent progress and achievements on the application of Constructal Design method allied to the computational modeling to evaluate the shape (arquitecture, configuration) effect on the performance of engineering systems The intention is to bring together researchers, students and professionals in this field and related areas. Constructal Design is based on the Constructal Law. The Constructal theory explain deterministically how the generation of shape in flow structures of nature (river basins, lungs, atmospheric circulation, animal shapes, vascularized tissues, etc) is based on an evolutionary principle of flow access in time. This principle is the Constructal law: for a flow system to persist in time (to survive), it must evolve in such way that it provides easier and easier access to the currents that flow through it. Concerning the engineering problems, Constructal Design has been broadly applied for the study of engineering problems related to several fields. It has been presented in literature the importance of Constructal Design for the performance of several problems such as fins, cavities, heat exchangers, wave energy converters, composed channels, resin infusion and even structural analysis.

DEVELOPMENTS AND APPLICATIONS OF SPECIAL ENRICHMENT METHODS AND INNOVATIVE DISCRETIZATION TECHNIQUES

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Diego Amadeu F. Torres – Technology Federal University of Paraná (UTFPR Campus Ponta Grossa), Brazil – diegotorres@utfpr.edu.br

Felício Bruzzi Barros – Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil – feliciobbarros@gmail.com

Francisco Evangelista Junior – University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil – fejr.unb@gmail.com

Roberto Dalledone Machado – Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUC-PR), Brazil – roberto.dalledonemachado@gmail.com

Objectives:

This mini-symposium aims to discuss and exchange ideas on current developments, mathematical analysis, and application of special methods that offer flexibility in the construction of approximation functions through the Partition of Unity (PU) concept, such as the hp-clouds, the generalized/extended finite elements, and the PU finite elements. While contributions to all aspects of such methods are invited, some of the topics to be featured are the identification and characterizations of problems in which these special methods have a clear advantage over classical approaches; applications, including but not limited to, multi-scale, multi-physics, non-linear and time-dependent problems, simulation of failure and fracture in materials and structures; advances in a-priori and a-posteriori error analyses; stability analysis; computational implementation aspects such as numerical integration, imposition of boundary conditions, solution of the system of equations arising from this class of methods, and adaptive mesh refinement/enrichment algorithms. Additionally, contributions on innovative discretization techniques such as isogeometric analysis, smoothed finite elements, among others, and mesh-free methods, such as element-free Galerkin, would be welcome to favor interaction among different standpoints, allowing to compare the methods and to enlighten similarities and differences, encouraging novel developments to solve engineering and physical sciences problems.

FINITE ELEMENT METHODS: FORMULATIONS AND NUMERICAL ANALYSIS

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Abimael F. D. Loula – National Laboratory for Scientific Computation (LNCC), Brazil – aloc@lncc.br

Cristiane O. Faria – State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Brazil – cofaria@ime.uerj.br

Sandra M. C. Malta – National Laboratory for Scientific Computation (LNCC), Brazil – smcm@lncc.br

Objectives:

This mini-symposium is concerned with the recent trends in the design and analysis of advanced finite element methods, such as hybridized DG methods, efficient time integration, error estimation, multiscale strategies and adaptive methods.

In particular, we are interested in numerical analysis (error estimation, convergence studies and so on) and reliable numerical schemes.

FLUID-STRUCTURE INTERACTION: INNOVATIVE METHODS AND NEW APPLICATIONS

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Lineu José Pedroso – University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil – lineu@unb.br

Marcus Vinicius Girão de Morais – University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil – mvmorais@unb.br

Paulo Marcelo Ribeiro Vieira – Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil – paulo.vribeiro@ufpe.br

Objectives:

The Fluid-Structure Interaction Mini Symposium objective discus recently progress and achievements for computational modelling of fluid-structure interaction problems. This one search emphasizes the new discretization methods and solution algorithms to predict faster and accurately fluid-structure problems, and moreover the better software applications to solve aero-elasticity, hydro-elasticity and noise/structural-acoustic problems. We welcome contributions in coupling algorithms, hybrid eulerian/lagrangian formulation, adaptive methods, non-conform mesh, finite/boundary element formulations, meshless formulation, reduction of order, free surface modelling, and porous-elastic. FSI application and benchmarks original from most different areas of engineering and applied sciences can be submitted.

HEALTH MONITORING AND NUMERICAL MODELING OF STRUCTURES

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Luiz Carlos de Almeida – State University at Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil – almeida@fec.unicamp.br

Leandro Mouta Trautwein – State University at Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil – leandromt@fec.unicamp.br

Gustavo Henrique Siqueira – State University at Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil – siqueira@fec.unicamp.br

Diogo Rodrigo Ribeiro –Superior Institute of Engineering at Porto (ISEP), Brazil – drr@isep.ipp.pt

Objectives:

This mini-symposium proposes the assessment of structural behavior using the monitoring data with the adjustment of numerical models to evaluate the structural safety and to identify significant structural parameters.

IDENTIFICATION AND RELIABILITY OF STRUCTURES

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Ney Roitman – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ), Brazil – roitman@coc.ufrj.br

Carlos Magluta – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ), Brazil – magluta@coc.ufrj.br

Marcílio Freitas – Federal University of Ouro Preto (EM/UFOP), Brazil – marcilio@em.ufop.br

Luis V. Sagrilo – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ), Brazil – sagrilo@coc.ufrj.br

Objectives:

This mini-symposium deals with techniques to be applied in Civil, Offshore and Mechanical Structures. These techniques aim at:

(i) Identifying dynamical response of structures

(ii) Model Updating

(iii) Damage Identification and Performance Diagnostics of Structures

(iv) Practical applications of structural reliability

MODELING, SIMULATION AND CONTROL OF AEROSPACE AND NAVAL STRUCTURES DYNAMICS

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Reyolando M.L.R.F. Brasil – Federal University of ABC (UFABC) & Polytechnic School, University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil – reyolando.brasil@ufabc.edu.br

Andre Fenili – Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Brazil – andre.fenili@ufabc.edu.br

José Manoel Balthazar – Department of Mechanical Engineering at Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) & Mechanical Engineering School, São Paulo State University (FEB/UNESP), Brazil – jmbaltha@gmail.com

Luiz Carlos Gadelha de Souza – University of Brasilia (Gama/UnB), Brazil – lcgs@unb.br

Hélio Koiti Kuga – National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Brazil –helio.kuga@inpe.br

Luiz de Siqueira Martins Filho – Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Brasil – luizsmf@gmail.com

Objectives:

The main focus of this Mini-Symposium is on the discussion of modeling, control and simulation of the dynamical behavior of aerospace and naval structures (such as airplanes, rockets, satellites, ships, offshore structures etc.), and how these problems can be understood and solved in view of numerical, computational, theoretical and experimental approaches. Contributions pertaining to any class of mathematical problems and methods associated to the dynamics, control and stability of aerospace and naval structures will be welcome. It will also be considered experimental investigations of these problems to validate mathematical and numerical models.

MULTI-SCALE MODELING OF MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Peter Berke – Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium – pberke@ulb.ac.be

Ricardo Silveira – Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), Brazil – ramsilveira@yahoo.com.br

Thierry J. Massart – Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium – thmassar@ulb.ac.be

Objectives:

Most modern materials and structures owe their advanced properties to the underlying engineered material microstructure. Microstructural effects play a determinant role in the behavior of heterogeneous materials, since material mechanics on the smallest scale determines the macroscopic or structural response. An-in depth understanding and realistic prediction of the complex and possibly nonlinear behavior of such materials (e.g. lightweight lattice micro structured materials, foams for aerospace applications, composites in general) and structures (e.g. reinforced concrete structures in civil engineering) through numerical simulations is of obvious and growing importance. This usually requires the development and use of (nonlinear) multi-scale methodologies that build a bridge between the scale of the material micro structure and the scale of the structure. Contributions are solicited in (but not limited to) the following areas:

– Upscaling methodologies: same or different material representations on different scales (e.g. discrete-to-continuum, continuum-to-discrete), concurrent computing schemes, domain decomposition methodologies, computational homogenization;

– Parallel computational solution of multi-scale problems;

– Their applications to specific microstructural configurations and materials;

– Their incorporation in engineering applications.

NONLINEAR ANALYSIS, STABILITY AND STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Raul R. Silva – Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil – raul@puc-rio.br

Paulo B. Gonçalves – Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil – paulo@puc-rio.br

Frederico M. Alves da Silva – Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Brazil –silvafma@ufg.br

Renata Machado Soares – Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Brazil –msrenata@gmail.com

Zenon José Guzman Nuñez del Prado – Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Brazil – zenon@ufg.br

Objectives:

Static and dynamic instability analysis and structural dynamics stand at the heart of structural and continuum mechanics. In spite of decades of research in these areas, they continue to be a topic of interest in all engineering fields and new topics of research are constantly appearing in the literature. The aim of this mini-symposium is to gather specialists of different areas working on instability phenomena in materials and structures, structural dynamics and nonlinear phenomena in engineering applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, static and dynamic stability of bars, plates and shells, including elastic and non-elastic instability phenomena, stability design of steel and concrete structures, non-linear local and global bifurcations, linear and nonlinear structural dynamics, vibration control, soil-structure and fluid-structure interaction and chaos and fractals. Papers are solicited in all areas related to theoretical, computational and experimental aspects of the problem.

NUMERICAL METHODS APPLIED TO STRUCTURAL DESIGN

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

João Costa Pantoja – Universidade de Brasília (UnB), Brazil – joaocpantoja@gmail.com

Marcio Augusto Roma Buzar – Universidade de Brasília (UnB), Brazil – marcio.buzar@gmail.com

Leonardo da Silveira P. Inojosa – Universidade de Brasília (UnB), Brazil – leonardo@inojosa.com.br

Objectives:

Established engineering works and projects show us that architecture and structure must be developed together. Nevertheless, what you see is usually a spaced relationship between these two elements of construction. This mini symposium aims to show that important works in which the structural system design plays an essential role in determining the architectural design, projects that explore the architecture-structure relationship and the direct relationship between form and structure, where the definition of the structural system has a effective participation in the design of projects, provide structural works marked by boldness and major technological challenges. Mini symposium aims to show, through analysis using numerical methods done with the aid of computer programs, to obtain data to understand how the choices of structural solutions during the design process, culminate in monumental and innovative aesthetic results. Through the study of outstanding works in national and international architecture you can see the importance of technical knowledge and structural system for the realization of good quality projects, demonstrating the presence of the structural system in architectural form. These analyzes, both historical and technical of important projects, contribute to an understanding of the importance of technical and technological knowledge to the production of a good quality architecture.

NUMERICAL MODELING OF CONCRETE STRUCTURES

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Eduardo M. R. Fairbairn – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE / UFRJ), Brazil – eduardo@coc.ufrj.br

Jean-Marie Désir – Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil – jean.marie@ufrgs.br

Objectives:

Numerical modeling of concrete structures including buildings, bridges, hydroelectrical and nuclear power plants, foundations and special structures such as the cement sheath of oil wells and refractory concretes. The models include the several scales, from the nano scale to the macroscopic scale and encompass the thermal, chemical and mechanical phenomena. This is the 11th edition of this symposium that has enjoyed wide participation of technical and scientific concrete modeling community.

OPTIMIZATION IN STRUCTURAL AND RESERVOIR ENGINEERING

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Evandro Parente Júnior – Federal University of Ceará (UFC), Brazil – evandro@ufc.br

Bernardo Horowitz – Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil – horowitz@ufpe.br

Silvana M.B. Afonso – Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil – smb@ufpe.br

Objectives:

The advances in computational and numerical capabilities allow more efficient engineering design, through the solution of optimization problems. Thus, new realistic and challenging optimization applications in Structural and Reservoir Engineering have been tackled.

This mini-symposium is dedicated to the discussion of recent developments and applications of optimization techniques in the field of Structural and Reservoir Engineering and related areas. The goal is to bring together researchers, students and professionals in the field of those areas. Papers related to practical applications of optimization methods as well as software development are encouraged to be submitted in this mini-symposium.

PHASE-FIELD MODELS: NUMERICAL ANALYSIS AND APPLICATIONS

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Alvaro Coutinho – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ) – alvaro@nacad.ufrj.br

Marco L. Bittencourt – State University at Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil – mlb@fem.unicamp.br

Adriano Cortes – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State (UNIRIOTEC/UFRJ) – adriano.cortes@uniriotec.br

Objectives:

Phase-field modeling dates back to the pioneering works of Van der Waals. Today it is an important tool in engineering and natural sciences that involve the evolution of interfaces, to enumerate a few: the dynamics of multi-components and multi-phase fluids, for example in binary alloys, polymer blends, boiling, etc; the development and propagation of fractures in solids; dendritic crystal growth; the evolution of tumors in the macro-scale; etc. Phase-field models, along with its thermo-mechanical theoretical grounds, it is an appealing alternative approach to interface-tracking methods. Also known as diffuse-interface models, such models implicitly track the position and the topology of the interfaces by applying smoothly varying scalar fields, implying this way interfaces of finite width where bulk forces compete with interfacial ones. From a partial differential equation point of view, such models generally engender high-order differential operators and possibly highly nonlinear equations. Phase-field models, thus, bring a new set of challenges for different scientific communities. In this mini-symposium, we invite contributions ranging from spatial and time discretization for phase-field models and their numerical analysis, as well as application to problems in fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, and the life sciences or related research areas. We expect a multidisciplinary audience and a lively exchange atmosphere.

SMART MATERIAL SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Aline Souza de Paula – Universidade of Brasília (UnB), Brazil – alinedepaula@unb.br

Marcelo Amorim Savi – – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE / UFRJ), Brazil – savi@mecanica.ufrj.br

Sergio de Almeida Oliveira – Federal Center of Technological Education Celso Suckow da Fonseca (CEFET/RJ), Brazil – arserol@yahoo.com

Objectives:

Smart materials may be classified according to different coupling between distinct physical fields, as electro-mechanical, magneto-mechanical, among others. These materials have the ability of changing their shape, stiffness, among other properties, through the imposition of electrical, electro-magnetic, temperature or stress fields. The research field within the smart materials and structures has been growing strongly worldwide. In this regard, the proposition of the present mini-symposium is to show the recent developments on smart material systems and structures, including modeling, numerical simulations, experimental analysis, applications and related subjects.

STOCHASTIC MODELING AND UNCERTAINTY QUANTIFICATION

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Adriano T Fabro – Universidade of Brasília (UnB), Brazil – fabro@unb.br

Francisco Ricardo da Cunha – Universidade of Brasília (UnB), Brazil

Objectives:

Recent developments in computational and sensing resources provide us the ability to infer about physical phenomena with increasingly detailed resolutions and to better characterize the interplay between experimentally observed cause and effect. In many problems of interest, this interplay is best described in a non-deterministic framework, permitting the description of experimental errors and inaccuracies, modeling errors and inadequacies, as well as numerical approximations.

These uncertainties conspire, with interpretation and analysis tools, to affect the predictive power of accumulated knowledge.

The main goal of this mini-symposia is to bring together current research efforts attempting to characterize and manage uncertainties in various stages of the prediction process. Also the visualization of uncertainties in order to help the decision-making process. Contributions involving both basic and practical applications in several fields are welcome and the submission of early stage work in the area is encouraged. Papers presented in this mini-symposia will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering. Professor Alvaro Coutinho from COPPE/UFRJ will present a specially invited talk entitled “Controlling Parallel Adaptive Sparse Grid Stochastic Collocation Simulations with Workflows”. In particular, research in the following areas will be highlighted:

1. experimental data representation

2. uncertainty propagation

3. data assimilation and inverse analysis

4. non-deterministic computational modeling

5. statistical mechanics for complex fluids, materials or systems

6. optimization and design under uncertainty

7. visualization of uncertainties

THE BUILDING (CONSTRUCTION) INFORMATION MODELING IN THE CONTEXT OF ENGINEERING, ANALYSIS AND SIMULATION

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Sergio Scheer – Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Brazil – sergioscheer@gmail.com

Elisa Sotelino – Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil – sotelino@puc-rio.br

Luiz Fernando Martha – Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil – lfm@tecgraf.puc-rio.br

Objectives:

The Building Information Modeling (BIM) represents a paradigm change for existing practices in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and facility Operations (AECO). The move from drafting to computer aided design (CAD) sought to automate existing practices but BIM virtually builds a structure first. Construction prototypes can be virtually designed and constructed. These virtual models can be used for simulating, analyzing and evaluating various courses of action in order to obtain an improved design and construction. The multidisciplinary integration is provided by the building digital model since the early phases of architectural design with an initial form concept, through the structural design and multidisciplinary project coordination, and gaining effectiveness in the area of sustainability analysis for design aspects such as day-lighting, climate control, and energy usage. This mini-symposium intends to address this new integrated emerging processes stemming from BIM simulations.

TOPOLOGY OPTIMIZATION OF MULTIFUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, FLUIDS AND STRUCTURES

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Emílio Carlos Nelli Silva – Polytechnic School of University of São Paulo (Poli/USP), Brazil – ecnsilva@usp.br

Glaucio H. Paulino – Georgia Institute of Technology (GATECH), USA – glaucio.paulino@ce.gatech.edu

Ivan F. M. Menezes – Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC/RIO), Brazil – ivan@tecgraf.puc-rio.br

Objectives:

This mini-symposium aims to bring together researchers working on various aspects of topology optimization applied to solids, fluids and structures. In particular, we are interested in recent advances in topology optimization. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

• Recent advances in topology optimization applied to multi-physics problems;

• Multiscale topology optimization;

• Inclusion of microstructure in topology predictions;

• New methods to handle manufacturing, stress and other constraints;

• Novel and efficient topology optimization algorithms;

• Exact solutions to topology optimization problems;

• New methods to solve multi-objective topology optimization problems;

• Efficient solution of industrial large scale topology optimization problems;

• Exploiting high-performance computing in topology optimization;

• Topology optimization using ground structure approach;

• New methods of adaptive mesh refinement in topology optimization;

• Topology optimization applied to fluid and thermal problems

UNDERGRADUATE POSTER SESSION ON COMPUTATIONAL METHODS IN ENGINEERING – AGUSTIN FERRANTE AWARD

Mini-symposium organizers:

Alberto Diniz – University of Brasilia email: adiniz@unb.br
Andrea Brasiliano Federal University of Paraíba email: andreabrasiliano@gmail.com
Graciela Doz University of Brasilia email: Graciela@unb.br

Objectives:

This mini-symposium, organized by ABMEC, stimulates the participation of undergraduate students involved with research projects within CILAMCE’s scope. The three best ranked works will receive an award and a certificate.

USE OF COMPUTATIONAL TOOLS IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Gilberto Gomes – Universidade of Brasília (UnB), Brazil – ggomes@unb.br

Carlos Eduardo Luna de Melo – Universidade of Brasília (UnB), Brazil – carlosluna@unb.br

Antonio Carlos de Oliveira Miranda – Universidade of Brasília (UnB), Brazil – amirandaspace@gmail.com

Objectives:

This mini-symposium provides a forum for works on the innovative uses of computers, Internet and software tools in engineering education. The following areas, but are not limited to, are welcome:

– software tools and multimedia modules for engineering education;

– software tools for virtual and real laboratory development;

– distance learning and use of technology-based tools in classroom teaching;

– visualization, computer graphics, and I/O issues.

Thus, this mini-symposium aims at bringing together works that use computing resources focused on teaching and learning in engineering.

VIBRATION CONTROL

Mini-Symposium Organizers:

Suzana Moreira Avila – Federal University of Brasilia (UnB-Gama), Brazil – avilas@unb.br

Graciela Nora Doz de Carvalho – Federal University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil – graciela@unb.br

José Luis Vital de Brito – Federal University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil – jlbrito@unb.br

Objectives:

Dynamical systems are those whose state changes over time, an example is a pendulum oscillation. Such systems can be found in many science areas and its evolution law is described mathematically through differential equations. The control theory is an interdisciplinary theme originating in engineering and mathematics that aims to influence the behavior of dynamic systems.

Mechanical vibrations are examples of dynamical systems. They are caused by time-varying excitations that are submitted components, set of components or complete structures. Excessive vibrations in these systems are not desirable as it may compromise the performance and also cause its collapse. In this context, the vibration control is a technology which aims to reduce excessive vibration levels through the installation of external devices or the action of external forces which promote changes in the stiffness and damping system. The main objective of this mini-symposium is to bring together experts working in vibration control and its application to present and discuss the latest developments in the field.