548Direct and Variational Methods for non smooth problems in Mechanics


24 June 2013 – 26 June 2013


Amboise, Indre-et-Loire, France


Prof. Géry de Saxcé
Laboratoire de Mécanique de Lille
Villeneuve d'Ascq, France

phone: +33 3 203 371 172
fax: +33 3 203 37 153
email: gery.desaxce@univ-lille.fr


Prof. Gianpietro Del Piero
Università di Ferrara

In solid mechanics, engineers and scientists are faced to a large class of nonsmooth phenomena. A common feature to these problems is that they are unilateral, in the sense that their formulation and modelling require a systematic use of inequalities.

This colloquium is a joint-meeting of two groups. The first one (Limit states of materials and structures-direct methods) is active in plastic limit analysis and its powerful extension to variable repeated loadings called shakedown analysis. The second one (Unilateral Problems in Structural Analysis) is more focused on the formulation of the unilateral problems and in the quest of the most appropriate solution technique in areas such as contact and adherence, friction, interfaces and no-tension materials.

Emphasis will be put on creative ideas, as opposed to technicalities and to purely numerical contributions.