Introduction

The annual conference on Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods (BEM/MRM) which started in 1978, now in its 42nd version, is to take place in Coimbra, Portugal.

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 reported 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 to be presented at BEM/MRM 42. 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
  • Fast multipole BEM
  • H-matrices and wavelets
  • Multiscale problems
  • Green functions for advanced materials and structures
  • Analytical solutions for microscale or nanoscale phenomena
  • Analytical fundamental solutions for multi-phase materials

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at BEM/MRM 42 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences (ISSN: 1743-3533). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

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

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.

Networking

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

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (ISSN: 2046-0546; Digital ISSN: 2046-0554).

Publication of Papers

Peer review

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

Publication

Papers presented at BEM/MRM 42 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences (ISSN: 1743-3533). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (ISSN: 2046-0546; Digital ISSN: 2046-0554).

Location InformationCoimbra

The centrally located city of Coimbra was the medieval capital of Portugal for over one hundred years and is the site of one of Portugal’s most renowned universities. The university is said to be the second oldest in the World, opening its doors 1290 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today, you can climb the University tower, which house the bells that signal the start and end of classes, to enjoy a 360º view of Coimbra.

Situated on the banks of the Mondego River, the picturesque city’s historic centre boasts two cathedrals, known as Se Velha (old) and Se Nova (new) referring to their respective ages, and though the ‘new’ one dates back to the 17th century its senior was founded in 1170.

The Old Cathedral of Coimbra is a Romanesque Roman Catholic building in Portugal. Construction of the Sé Velha began some time after the Battle of Ourique (1139), when Prince Afonso Henriques declared himself King of Portugal and chose Coimbra as capital. The first Count of Coimbra, the Mozarab Sisnando Davides, is buried in the cathedral.

The New Cathedral was, originally, the church of the Jesuit Formation house of Coimbra, established in the city in 1543. In 1772, the bishopric seat was transferred from the Old Cathedral of Coimbra to the vacant, spacious and more modern Jesuit church. The church architecture was influential in the Portuguese colonial world. The façade of the former Jesuit church of Salvador, in colonial Brazil, (now the Cathedral of Salvador), built in the 17th century, seems inspired by the Jesuit church of Coimbra.

Another major attraction is the Igreja da Santa Cruz Monastery is the final resting place for Portuguese kings. The tombs of the first two kings of Portugal; Afonso Henriques (the conquer) and Sancho I (the populator), are located within the Santa Cruz, and this makes the church a National Patheon. These two historically important and ornate tombs are often completely missed by visitors as they are located either side of the altar. In most churches this area is regarded as off limits to visitors but in the Santa Cruz it is acceptable to explore the raised area surrounding the altar.

The Monastery also displays elaborate architecture. The most impressive features of which are product of the skills employed from an acclaimed sculpture school that existed in Coimbra at the time, particularly the royal tombs and the intricate pulpit.

Coimbra is noted for its cultural riches and artistic treasures with annual festivities centred on the cities sizable student population. The City’s thirteen hectare botanical garden established in the 18th Century is the largest in Portugal and considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. It is dedicated to the protection of plants and wildlife.

Travel Information

Conference Venue Address:

ITeCons
Rua Pedro Hispano s/n.
3030-289 Coimbra
Portugal


Arriving to Portugal by Air:

To travel to Coimbra you should fly either to Lisbon or to Oporto.

  • Lisbon Airport (LIS), situated 200 Km from the conference venue: Lisbon airport is the main international gateway to Portugal with connections to major cities including Madrid, Barcelona, London, Frankfurt, Munich, Rome, Boston, Tangiers, Toronto, New York, Istanbul, Rio de Janiero and many others. For more information, please visit: https://www.aeroportoporto.pt/pt/lis/home

  • Oporto Airport (OPO), situated 135 Km from the conference venue: Although slightly smaller than Lisbon Airport, it still connects with major cities including Brussels, Dublin, Zurich, Valencia, Amsterdam, Newark, Basel, Milan, Krakow, Geneva and others. For more information, please visitt: https://www.aeroportoporto.pt/pt/opo/home

From Lisbon Airport to Coimbra:

The train journey from Lisbon to Coimbra will take between 2h-2.30h and cost around €20-25.

At the airport, the take a taxi (5-10 minutes) or the metro red line (three stops/€1.60) to Lisboa Oriente station, from this station you can take the train to Coimbra. There are ticket offices at the airport.

For train times and fares, you can visit Portugal railway service website: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en

From Oporto Airport to Coimbra: Porto Centre:

By train:

The train journey from Oporto to Coimbra takes around 1.30h – 2h and costs around 15-20 Euro.

At the airport, take the metro purple line to Porto-Campanha station (40 minutes/€2.00). There are ticket offices at the airport. From Porto-Campanha station you can take the train to Coimbra.

For train times and fares, you can visit Portugal railway service website: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en

By bus:

You can also get to Coimbra by Bus. The journey takes around 1.5 hours depending on the time of the day and costs around €12. Please notice that buses do not run on Sundays.

From the airport, take the metro purple line to 24 de Agosto Station, from there walk 200m to Rede Expressos bus station from where you can take the bus to Coimbra.

For bus fares and timetables see: http://www.rede-expressos.pt/


Travelling to Coimbra by car:

Portugal has a good network of motorways/freeways. You can rent a car at the airport or at any train station as well as in all major cities.

  • Driving from the south (Lisbon): Recommended exit from A1: Take exit 12 for N341 toward Coimbra Sul/Taveiro/Alfarelos. Follow IC2 to Coimbra heading to IP3/Porto/Coimbra Norte/Viseu.

  • Driving from the north (Oporto): Recommended exit from A1: Take exit 13 to merge onto E801/IP3 toward Viseu/Coimbra Norte. Follow IC2 toward Coimbra/Lisboa and take the exit toward Coimbra Centro/Coimbra Este.

How to get to ITeCons

ITeCons is served by Bus line 38 direction Polo II.

The last stop, “Polo II” is the closest to the conference venue. From here, it’s less than a 10 minute walk to ITeCons.

The timetables of the city buses are available at http://www.smtuc.pt/


Please note that all the information included above is correct as of August 2018. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Venue Information

The conference will take place at ITeCons. ITeCons - Institute for Research and Technological Development in Construction, Energy, Environment and Sustainability is a non-profit organization available to the construction industry which was formed in 2006 as an association of public and private institutions and other social entities. The main goal of ITeCons is to promote an active relationship of close cooperation between the University of Coimbra and business agents by providing consulting services, training courses and developing work in applied research in the fields of construction, energy and environment.

Further information about the conference venue can be found at: https://www.itecons.uc.pt/index.php.

ITeConsITeCons

Conference Venue Address:

ITeCons
Rua Pedro Hispano s/n.
3030-289 Coimbra
Portugal

ITeCons has 2 buildings that are connected. Delegates should make their way through the main entrance where you will be directed to the conference room.

Accommodation

Below you can find a list of hotels that are near the centre of Coimbra and walking distance to Bus 38 which connects the city with ITeCons, where the conference takes place (see travel section on the website for further information).

Please note that you are responsible for booking your accommodation and settling your own account.


Hotel Astória
Av. Émidio Navarro nº 21, 3000-150 Coimbra
Phone: +351 239 853 020

http://www.almeidahotels.com

This hotel is offering special rate to our delegates (€60 for single room and €65 for double room breakfast included). In order to benefit from the reduced fee, you should contact the hotel via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and give the reference "8ICES2019" when making your booking.


Hotel Ibis
Av. Emídio Navarro, Edifício Topázio, 3000-150 Coimbra
Phone: +351 239 852 130

http://www.ibishotel.com/pt


Hotel Oslo
Av. Fernão de Magalhães, 25
3000-175 Coimbra, Portugal
Phone: +351 239 829 071

https://www.hoteloslo-coimbra.pt/


This information was last updated 25/01/2019

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