Introduction

The annual conference on Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods (BEM/MRM) which started in 1978 is now in its 41st version, to take place in the New Forest, near Southampton (UK).
The meetings since 1978 have produced a collection of edited volumes in which the major developments in the field have been represented. This valuable series has been offered in digital form since 1993, with all papers available Open Access in the Wessex Institute’s eLibrary website (www.witpress.com/elibrary), where they can be easily accessed and downloaded for free.

Since starting in 1978 the Conference has attracted high quality papers that report further advances in techniques that reduce or eliminate the type of meshes associated with finite elements or finite differences, for instance.

Theoretical advances and new foundations have been requested at the Conference for more than 40 years, helping to expand the range of applications as well as the type of materials in response to industrial and professional requirements. This ability to evolve is reflected in the history of the Conference which has ensured the success of the meetings as well as the establishment of a community of stakeholders.

As design, analysis and manufacture become more integrated the chances are that the users will be less aware of the capabilities of the analytical techniques that are at the core of the process. This reinforces the need to retain expertise in certain specialised areas of numerical methods, such as BEM/MRM, to ensure that all new tools perform satisfactorily in the integrated process.

The maturity of BEM since 1978 has resulted in a substantial number of industrial applications which demonstrate the accuracy, robustness and easy use of the technique. Their range still needs to be widened, taking into account the potentialities of the Mesh Reduction techniques in general.

This well-established conference acts as a forum to discuss new ideas and critically compare results before the solution and tools are released to end users.

The meeting welcomes all stakeholders interested in the methods and particularly the participation of young researchers. Their new contributions have been the principal reason why the conference has continued to evolve.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics that can be presented at BEM/MRM 41.  Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Advanced formulations
  • Hybrid foundations
  • Advanced meshless and mesh reduction methods
  • Structural mechanics applications
  • Solid mechanics
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Electrical engineering and electromagnetics
  • Computational methods
  • Fluid flow modelling
  • Damage mechanics and fracture
  • Dynamics and vibrations
  • Engineering applications
  • Interfacing with other methods
  • Coupling with design and manufacturing
  • Solution of large systems of equations

 

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers
Papers presented at BEM/MRM 41 2018 are to be published by WIT Press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an issue of the International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements.

Reviews
To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are peer reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check.

Open Access
WIT Press is an advocate of Open Access which offers maximum dissemination of your work. All WIT Transactions and Journal papers can be downloaded for free from the wit elibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Indexing and Archiving
Papers presented at Wessex Institute conferences are referenced by CrossRef and have appeared in notable reviews and databases. Papers are submitted to various indexing services such as Web of Science, Google Scholar and Scopus. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Conference Proceedings
At registration delegates will be given copies of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. Following the Conference, delegates will receive an electronic copy of the final publication in which their paper has been published.

Digital Archive
All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are permanently and freely available to the International Scientific Community.

Networking
Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students
The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much reduced conference fee.


*Google Scholar Indexation  WIT Press has made all its conference and journal papers open access in an effort to help its dissemination within the scientific and technical community.

This means that you are now able to download any paper in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) totally free and without having to pre-register.

This major development has the added benefit of allowing the Google Scholar search engines to fully index all WIT papers.

Google Scholar is a search engine created specifically for researchers to facilitate the indexation and citation of academic papers free of charge. This service is becoming the most accepted comprehensive benchmark and quality standard.

In Google Scholar you will be able to see the number of citations of your articles as well as the ‘h-index’ ranking for both author and publications. The h-index is the largest number h such that at least h articles (by the author or in a publication) were cited at least h times each.

The impact of your work is given by the ‘i10 index’ which refers to the number of publications within the last 10 years that have at least 10 citations.

You can also easily create within the system an Author’s Profile which helps to highlight your achievements.

Google Scholar is becoming the most popular system in the world and its metrics are independent and unbiased. Unlike other ranking systems, it is free.

Publication of Papers

Papers presented at BEM/MRM 41 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an issue of the International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (ISSN: 2046-0546; Digital ISSN:2046-0554).

All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com) where they are permanently and freely available to the international scientific community.

WIT Transactions have since 1993 been publishing exceptional conference papers which are referenced by CrossRef and have been indexed in international databases. All conference books are catalogued and archived in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access

WIT strongly believes that removing the barrier to research published online will greatly aid progress in all scientific and technical disciplines, as well as all other spheres of knowledge. Most WIT conference and all journal papers are freely available online.

New Forest, UK

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BEM/MRM 41 will be held in the New Forest National Park, which borders the south coast of England and is home to the Wessex Institute. The New Forest is situated in central southern England, 100km from London. Spreading over nearly 400 square kilometres, this National Park is home to picturesque villages, unspoiled scenery, abundant wildlife and many attractions for visitors.

The New Forest was established as a royal hunting ground by the Norman King William I, and 900 years later, the New Forest is still owned by the Crown. Local commoners have the right to graze their ponies, cattle and pigs on forest land where they wander freely. The Forest is unarguably recognised as one of the most unique wilderness areas in Western Europe, where many landscapes have remained virtually unchanged for many centuries.

The New Forest

 

Travel Information

By Air


The following four airports are closest to the New Forest:


From Southampton Airport to the conference venue

Southampton International Airport is served by flights from a wide range of European cities with Flybe.
For information on all destinations, please visit the following website link:
http://www.southamptonairport.com/

Rail: Southampton Airport Parkway station is less than 50 metres from the airport terminal. Frequent services connect the airport to Brockenhurst station. The journey takes around 25 minutes and cost around £9.00. http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

From Brockenhurst station it is a 15 minute walk to the hotel, turning left out of the station and continuing down Lymington Road (A337). The hotel will be on the right hand side.

Alternatively, you can take a short taxi from Brockenhurst station to the conference venue which will cost around £4.00

Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the airport and the 40 minute journey will cost approximately £30/40.00

Road: Several car hire companies operate at the airport and the 30km journey to the Hotel will take approximately 40 minutes. The airport is located 1km from Junction 4 of the M27 motorway. Directions from the M27 can be found in “Road Travel” below.


From Bournemouth Airport to the conference venue

Bournemouth International Airport is served by flights from a range of European cities with Ryanair.
For information on all the destinations please visit the following link:
http://www.bournemouthairport.com/

Rail: Shuttle buses travel hourly from the airport terminal to Bournemouth Rail Station, between 6.40am and 8.30pm, seven days a week, costing £5. https://www.bybus.co.uk/routes/timetable/A1?day=thu&direction=out

From Bournemouth station, trains run direct to Brockenhurst Station. The journey takes around 20 minutes and costs £7.00
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

From Brockenhurst station it is a 15 minute walk to the hotel, turning left out of the station and continuing down Lymington Road (A337). The hotel will be on the right hand side.
Alternatively, you can take a short taxi from Brockenhurst station to the conference venue which will cost around £4.00

Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the airport and the 40 minute journey will cost approximately £40/60.00

Road: Several hire car companies operate at the airport, and the 35km drive will take approximately 40 minutes. There are various routes you can follow from the airport to the hotel. We recommend you travel via the A31 and A337.


From London Heathrow Airport to the conference venue

Heathrow is the UK's largest international airport with regular arrivals from major cities worldwide.
For information on all airlines flying to Heathrow visit the following website link:
http://www.heathrowairport.com/

Rail: The Heathrow Express train connects the airport terminals to London Paddington rail station. Tickets cost £21.50 and the journey takes around 15 minutes. Train frequency is every 15 minutes.
https://www.heathrowexpress.com/

From Paddington, take the Bakerloo Underground line towards Elephant and Castle and arrive at Waterloo Train Station.

Direct Trains from London Waterloo depart for Brockenhurst Station every 30 minutes between 06:45am and 10:45pm. Tickets cost around £40.00 depending on the time of day that you travel, and the journey takes around 90 minutes.
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

From Brockenhurst station it is a 15 minute walk to the hotel, turning left out of the station and continuing down Lymington Road (A337). The hotel will be on the right hand side.
Alternatively, you can take a short taxi from Brockenhurst station to the conference venue which will cost around £4.00

Coach: National Express coaches travel throughout the day to Southampton. A single ticket will cost approximately £22.00. The journey takes just over 2 hours.
www.nationalexpress.com

Once you arrive at Southampton Coach Station, you can walk to the Central Train Station where you will be able to take a train directly to Brockenhurst. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes and costs around £7.00
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

From Brockenhurst station it is a 15 minute walk to the hotel, turning left out of the station and continuing down Lymington Road (A337). The hotel will be on the right hand side.
Alternatively, you can take a short taxi from Brockenhurst station to the conference venue which will cost around £4.00

Road: Most major car hire companies operate at Heathrow. Join the M25 at Junction 14, and then take the M3 and M27 motorways to Southampton. Directions from here can be found in Road travel below. If you prefer to travel by taxi, you should expect to pay a considerable amount


From London Gatwick Airport to the conference venue

Gatwick is convenient for flights from across Europe and North America, including many with low-cost airlines.
For information on all airlines flying to Heathrow visit the following website link:
http://www.gatwickairport.com/

Rail: The airport rail station is part of the airport’s South Terminal building, and can be reached by a free transit link from North Terminal. Direct trains run hourly during the day to Southampton Central station. The journey takes just under 2 hours and costs around £35.00 depending on the time of day that you travel.

When you arrive at Southampton Central Train Station you will be able to take a train directly to Brockenhurst. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes and costs around £7.00
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

From Brockenhurst station it is a 15 minute walk to the hotel, turning left out of the station and continuing down Lymington Road (A337). The hotel will be on the right hand side.
Alternatively, you can take a short taxi from Brockenhurst station to the conference venue which will cost around £4.00

Coach: National Express coaches travel throughout the day to Southampton. A single ticket will cost approximately £35.00, and will take just over 2 hours.
www.nationalexpress.com

Once you arrive at Southampton Coach Station, you can walk to the Central Train Station where you will be able to take a train directly to Brockenhurst. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes and costs around £7.00
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

From Brockenhurst station it is a 15 minute walk to the hotel, turning left out of the station and continuing down Lymington Road (A337). The hotel will be on the right hand side.
Alternatively, you can take a short taxi from Brockenhurst station to the conference venue which will cost around £4.00

Road: Most major hire companies operate at Gatwick. Join the M23 on leaving the airport, and then take the M25, M3 and M27 motorways to Southampton. Directions can be found in Road travel below. If you prefer to travel by taxi, you should expect to pay a considerable amount.


By Rail


The nearest train station to the conference venue is Brockenhurst train station, approximately 1.2km away from the conference venue. Brockenhurst provides rail connections to London, Southampton and Bournemouth.

Alternatively, Southampton Central Train Station is 20km away and provides rail connections to London, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol, Cardiff, and Brighton. From Southampton Central you will be able to take a train directly to Brockenhurst. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes and costs around £7.00
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk


By Road


Exit the M27 motorway at Junction 1 and take the exit towards A337/Lyndhurst. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Lyndhurst Rd/A337, Continue on A337 always following the signs to Brockenhurst. After about 7 miles, you will see the hotel on your left. Turn left onto Balmer Lawn Rd/B3055. The car park of the hotel will be visible on your left once you have entered into the Balmer Lawn Rd.

Conference Venue and Accommodation

balmer lawnSituated at the heart of the New Forest National Park, the Balmer Lawn Hotel has uniquely designed and decorated rooms. This 4 star hotel has its own restaurant, 3 acres of grounds, squash courts, tennis court, pools, sauna, spa and fitness suite as well as direct access to the New Forest. Only a short walk from the shops, pubs and restaurants of Brockenhurst village and Brockenhurst train station, the hotel is easily accessible.

Balmer Lawn Hotel
Lyndhurst Road
Brockenhurst
Hampshire, SO42 7ZB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1590 623116
Fax: +44 (0) 1590 625705
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional Information

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