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CISM-ECCOMAS International Summer School 2017 on “Novel Finite Elements Technologies for Solids and Structures”

CISM-ECCOMAS International Summer School 2017

“Novel Finite Elements Technologies for Solids and Structures”

September 18 - 22, 2017

A majority of today’s engineering applications can be solved by finite element technologies. Nevertheless, for several important problems, the application of standard numerical simulation techniques, as for example the Galerkin method, is limited due to drawbacks like numerical stability issues, locking phenomena and non-smoothness of the solution. In order to improve capabilities and the reliability of numerical simulations, advanced finite element methods are a major part of today’s research in the field of mechanics and mathematics.

Due to the progress in this emerging field the objective of this course is to present new ideas in the framework of novel finite element discretization schemes. Thereby the lectures are focused as well on the mechanical as also on the mathematical background. Here, recent developments in mixed finite element formulations in solid mechanics and on novel techniques for flexible structures at finite deformations will be emphasized. A special focus will aim on the implementation and automation aspects of these technologies. The presented automation processes will pay attention to the application of automatic differentiation technique, combined with the symbolic problem description, automatic code generation and code optimization. The combination of these approaches leads to highly efficient numerical codes, which are fundamental for reliable simulations of complicated engineering problems.

The course is intended for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in civil and mechanical engineering, applied mathematics and physics as well as industrial researchers, which are interested in conducting research in the topics of advanced mixed Galerkin FEM, structural finite element methods, mathematical analysis as well as formulations and applications of these methods to finite strain or coupled problems. Through this course, the students can gain a deep insight into interesting discussions, based on the different backgrounds of the lecturers and it is a must for all that are interested and/or involved in advanced finite element technologies.

The course is closely related to the Priority Program 1748 “Reliable Simulation Techniques in Solid Mechanics. Development of Non-standard Discretization Methods, Mechanical and Mathematical Analysis” funded by the German Research Foundation.


  • Jörg Schröder (University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany)
  • Paulo Pimenta de Mattos (Polytechnic School - University of Sao Paulo, Cidade Univ. São Paulo, Brazil)