42nd International Conference on Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods


2–4 July 2019
Coimbra, Portugal



The annual conference on Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods (BEM/MRM) which started in 1978, reached its 42nd version this year. The 2019 conference took place at ITeCons-University of Coimbra, home of Professor Antonio Tadeu, Conferences Co-Chairs and Member of the WIT Board of Directors The Conference was organised by the Wessex Institute, UK, ITeCons-University of Coimbra, Portugal and the University of Mississippi, USA.

Since its beginning in 1978, the Conference has attracted high-quality papers reporting further advances in techniques that reduce or eliminate the type of meshes associated with finite elements or finite differences, for instance. The meeting acts as a forum for discussion of new formulations and for critical comparison of results before solutions and numerical tools are released to end-users.

Opening of the Conference

The conference was opened by Professor Antonio Tadeu who welcomed the delegates to the conference and introduced the Wessex Institute and ITeCons to the delegates.

Presentation of the George Green Medal

Following the opening of the conference, Prof Tadeu and Prof Ney Dumont conducted the George Green Medal Ceremony and awarded this year’s medal to Prof Zhenhan Yao, from Tsinghua University, China. Subsequently, Professor Yao gave a keynote address on “Basic ideas and research progress of a new High-Accuracy and High-Performance Boundary Element Methods.

Invited Presentations

There were a series of invited presentations by well-known colleagues:

  • Numerical simulation of heat transport in multilayered composite pipe by Prof A. Tadeu, ITeCons-University of Coimbra, Portugal.
  • Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equation: Strong vs. Weak Formulation, Global vs. Local Interpolation, and Mesh vs. Meshless by Prof A H D Cheng, University of Mississippi, USA.
  • Boundary element analysis of thin-walled structures by an expanding element interpolation method by Prof J M Zhang, Hunan University, China.
  • Singular boundary method in free vibration analysis of compound liquid-filled shells by Prof E. Strelnikova, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine.
  • Mesh-free analysis of plate bending problems by Moving Finite Element approximation by Prof V Sladek, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia.
  • Coupling of the fast boundary-domain integral method with the stochastic collocation method for fluid flow simulations by Dr J Ravnik, University of Maribor, Slovenia.
  • Buckling of perforated plates using the dual reciprocity boundary element method by Prof L Palermo Jr, University of Campinas, Brazil.
  • Numerical analysis of buried vibration protection devices using the MFS by Prof L Godinho, University of Coimbra, Portugal.
  • BEM-EDM coupled analysis of multi-scale problems by Prof X W Gao, Dalian University of Technology, China.
  • 3-D cauchy problem for an elastic layer: Interfacial cracks detection by Prof A N Galybin, The Schmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth RAS, Russia.
  • Analytical 3D boundary element implementation of flat triangle and quadrilateral elements for potential and elasticity problems by Prof N A Dumont, Pontifical Catholic University, Brazil.
  • Green's function for a soft infinite electro and magneto active elastic medium subject to a biasing electromagnetoelastic field by Prof W Q Chen, Zheijiang University, China.
  • Acoustic shape optimization based on isogeometric BEM with adjoint variable method by Prof H B Chen, University of Science and Technology of China, China.
  • Precise and robust magnetic field computations for high-end smart sensor applications by Dr A Buchau, University of Stuttgart, Germany.

Special Session Papers

Prof Kansa organised a Special Session on “Theory and applications of meshfree radial basis functions” which included two invited presentations:

  • Meshless collocation methods for solving PDEs on surfaces by Dr L Ling, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
  • Exact time-dependent calculations for fluids and solids by Prof E Kansa, Convergent Solutions (Rtd), USA

Conference topics

The papers presented during the conference covered the following topics:

  • Advanced formulations
  • Advanced meshless and mesh reduction methods
  • Computational methods
  • Dynamics and vibrations
  • Electrical engineering and electromagnetics
  • Fluid Flow modelling
  • Solid mechanics
  • Structural mechanics and applications

There were several occasions for holding informal discussions during the coffee breaks and the complimentary lunches that the hotel prepared for the delegates.

Conference Publications

Papers presented at this conference will appear in Vol. 126 of the WIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences (ISSN: 1743-3533, ISBN: 978-1-78466-341-4). All papers presented at the meeting since the 1994 conference are available Open Access in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute (, from where they can be freely downloaded by any interested parties.

EABE Editorial Board Meeting

At the end of the first day of the Conference, members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements (EABE) met to discuss how the publication is progressing and ways in which its performance versus other journals on Computational Methods in Engineering can be improved.

Following the meeting, members of the Board had dinner at the hotel Quinta das Lagrimas, one of the most well-known hotels in Coimbra.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner took place on Wednesday evening at the Restaurant Solar do Bacalhau, which is within walking distance of the conference venue. Delegates enjoyed a four-course menu accompanied by Portuguese wines and with a wonderful atmosphere.

Closing of the Conference

The conference was closed by Alex Cheng, who thanked the delegates for attending and hoped that they would consider attending BEM/MRM 43 when the meeting is reconvened at Daytona Beach, Orlando, USA in 2020.

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