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Numerical techniques for interface problems

Christos G. Panagiotopoulos (Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics, Heraklion, Crete, Greece)
Luis A. Távara Mendoza (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain)

Interfaces are considered as the intermediate connection of main parts for a variety of structural systems of vast importance in several areas of engineering. A main feature of interfaces is the consideration of contact conditions (e.g., Signorini contact). Furthermore, such interfaces may be accompanied by dissipative phenomena, such as adhesive contact with damage of the interface (debonding, delamination), plasticity of the interfacial material, viscosity, presence of friction, etc. In order to extensively study such behaviour one must seek for solutions utilizing numerical methods.

This minisymposium gives an emphasis to numerical implementation of non-classical fracture mechanics approaches such as the Finite Fracture Mechanics, Cohesive Zone Models, weak interfaces combined with Linear Elastic-Brittle Interface Models and finally generalized energetic and variational based approaches. Besides the classical finite and boundary element methods, we expect contributions involving relatively recent hybrid and extended discretization methods.

Our aim is to gather together new numerical developments concerning problems of interfaces, as well as, to encourage for international and interdisciplinary cooperations and to foster the exchange of ideas. Both, academic and industrial, applications of advanced theoretical and numerical approaches are welcome.

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