36th International Conference on Boundary Elements and Other Mesh Reduction Methods


22 - 24 October 2013
Dalian, China



The 36th International Conference on Boundary Elements and Other Mesh Reduction Methods recently took place in the port city Dalian in China. The meeting was chaired by Prof Xiaowei Gao from the Dalian University of Technology (DLUT), Prof Carlos A Brebbia, Director of Wessex Institute of Technology, and Prof Alex Cheng from University of Mississippi at Oxford, USA.

This is the first time that the BEM/MRM conference series held in China. The effort is to recognize the recent development of the field made by the Chinese researchers. The conference was well attended by about 60 presenters, and students of the DLUT. The continuous success of the conference since the first meeting took place in 1978 indicates the strength of the work carried out by different groups around the world. The history of the conference traces the evolution of the methods since BEM grew from classical boundary integral techniques up to more versatile and recent Mesh Reduction Methods.

Prof X Gao (Left) presiding over the opening session
The Conference has produced a series of volumes in which all major developments in the field have been reported. This valuable collection has been available in digital form since 1993 when the volumes started to be archived in the eLibrary of Wessex Institute ( where they can be easily accessible by the International Scientific Community.

The Conference was opened by Profs Gao and Cheng, and greeted by the officials of the university.




 Keynote Addresses

To highlight the recent development, a number of keynote addresses were delivered, including

Prof A Tadeu delivering his keynote address
"Some Thoughts on Mesh Reduction and Collocation Method" by Alex Cheng

"Three detecting indexes and five regularization techniques for degenerate scales in the BEM/BIEM" by Jeng-Tzong Chen

"Coupling the BEM and the MFS – wave propagation" by Antonio Tadeu

"Physics and mathematics based mesh reduction" by Geng-Dong Cheng

"An Automatic Simulation Tool for Thermal Analysis of Gravity Dams by BFM" by Jian-Ming Zhang

"Boundary Element methods for Dynamic Structural Analysis" by Wenjing Ye

"Some investigation on the accuracy of BE analysis" by Zhen-Han Yao

"Integral equation formulations in 2D inhomogeneous magnetoelectroelastic media" by Chun-Ying Dong

"FEM/Wideband FMBEM coupling to model acoustic-structure interaction" by Hai-Bo Chen

"Various Green's functions in anisotropic magnetoelectroelastic bimaterial spaces" by Ernian Pan

"Recent improvements on SPH with applications to free surface and fluid-structure interaction problems" by Mou-Bin Liu

"Consistently Coupled Isogeometric-Meshfree Method" by Dong-Dong Wang

"ACA-accelerated Time Domain BEM for 3-D Elastodynamics" by Hai-Tao Wang

"The eigen variable boundary integral equations with applications" by Hang Ma

"The PCGM for Cauchy inverse problems in 3D potential" by Huan-Lin Zhou

"A general algorithm for numerical evaluation of early singular integrals over high-order geometry elements in 3D BEM" by Yao-Ming Zhang

"A direct method for evaluating arbitrary high order singular curved boundary integrals" by Xiao-Wei Gao

The conference was then divided into two parallel sessions, one on the Boundary Element Method, and the other on Mesh reduction methods.

 EABE Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods (EABE) took place during the first evening of the meeting, presided by its Editor in Chief, Prof Alex Cheng and with the participation of additional Editorial Board members


The Drum Tower of Beizhen

During the last day of the conference, delegates were taken to a well know tourist attraction near Dalian, the Yiwu Lvshan Mountain. Yiwu Lvshan Mountain, called Yuweilv, Wulv (no worries) Mountain during ancient times and Lvshan Mountain nowadays is a state level natural preservation zone. The mountain was considered "Beizhen" of the "Four Large Mounts". The ancient architecture was mostly built in the Liao and Jin Dynasties and repaired in Qing. Among all the buildings, the most famous one is the Beizhen Temple which lies at the foot of Yiwu Lvshan Mountain. The Large Temple consists of all kinds of architectural features such as Shenma Gate, Zhonggu House, Yuxian Palace, etc. The delegates enjoyed the outing.


 Conference Dinner


Following Chinese tradition, conference attendees were treated by a number of banquets with an abundance of food. The Conference banquets took place in China Business Executive Academy, the Tianshun Fishing Port, and the DUT International Convention Center.




 Conference Proceedings

The proceedings of BEM/MRM 36 - Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods XXVI, 568pp (Print ISBN: 978-1-84564-841-1; eISBN: 978-1-84564-842-8) are available from WIT Press. Orders can be placed on the WIT Press web site at or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone: +44 (0) 238 029 3223 or fax: +44 (0) 238 029 2853.

Papers from the conference will also be hosted online at the WIT eLibrary as Volume 56 of WIT Transactions on Modelling and Simulation (ISSN: 1746-4064, Digital ISSN 1743-355X). For more details visit the WIT eLibrary at

 Next Conference

The next Boundary Elemens and other Mesh Reduction Methods Conference (BEM/MRM 37) will be held in the New Forest, home of the Wessex Institute from 8 - 10 September 2014.