5th International Conference on Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods

Post Conference Report

24–26 May 2022


5th International Conference on Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods

With the main objective to preserve our delegates’ wellbeing, but also with the belief that international contact among the scientific community should not be stopped, WIT decided that BEM/MRM45 should not take place as scheduled in Tallinn, Estonia, but take place as an online event instead.

The conference was organised by the Wessex Institute, UK and the University of Mississippi, USA, represented by Prof Alexander Cheng. The conference series, which started in 1978, has attracted high-quality papers that report further advances in techniques to reduce or eliminate the type of meshes associated with finite elements or finite differences, for instance.

The meetings since 1978 have produced a collection of edited volumes in which the major developments in the field have been documented. This valuable series has been offered in digital form since 1993.

Opening of the Conference

The conference was opened by Prof A. Cheng who welcomed the delegates to the event on behalf of all chairs.

George Green Medal

Prof A. Cheng conducted the George Green Medal Ceremony and awarded this year’s medal to Prof Luiz Wrobel, from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Subsequently, Prof Wrobel gave a keynote address on “Numerical Modelling of Skin Tumor Diagnostics through Dynamic Thermography”. The George Green Medal was established by the University of Mississippi at Oxford, Mississippi, USA and the Wessex Institute and is now supported by Elsevier. It is in honour of the man who single-handedly set up the basis for the modern Boundary Element Method, amongst other achievements.

Keynote Speaker

  • Numerical Modelling of Skin Tumor Diagnostics through Dynamic Thermography
    by Prof Luiz Wrobel, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Invited Speakers

  • Accurate fast multipole scheme for the boundary element analysis of three-dimensional linear potential problems
    by N. A. Dumont & H. M. Souza Santana, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Characterization of vector fields based on an analysis of their local expansions
    by A. Buchau & J. Anders, University of Stuttgart, Germany

  • Stokes flow induced drag and torque on asbestos-like fibres cannot be estimated by a simplistic ellipsoidal approximation
    by J. Ravnik1, M. Strakl1, by J. Wedel2, P. Steinmann2,3 & M. Hribersek3 
    University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia, 2Friedrich-Alexander Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg, Erlangen, Germany,  3University of Glasgow, UK

  • Quadrature rule for singular integrals in common engineering problems
    by R. Velazquez-Mata, A. Romero & P. Galvin, Universidad de Sevilla Camino de los Descubrimientos s/n, ES-41092 Sevilla, Spain

  • Singular and hypersingular integral equations in fluid-structure interaction analysis
    by V. A. Gnitko1, A. O. Karaiev2, K. G. Degtyariov1, I. A. Vierushkin1 & E. A. Strelnikova1,2
    1A. Podgorny Institute of Mechanical Engineering Problems of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences
    2V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine

  • A novel method to solve very ill-conditioned PDE equations arising from the application of C RBFs
    by E. J. Kansa1, V. Skala2 & P. Holoborodko3
    1Convergent Solutions, CA, United States of America, 2Univ. of West Bohemia, Czech Republic
    3Advanpix LLC, Yokohama, Japan.

  • Kernel-based methods for solving surface PDEs
    by M. Chen1, L. Ling2
    1Nanchang University, China, 2Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

  • Localized singular boundary method for solving advection-diffusion equation with variable velocity field
    by J. Muzik, R. Bulko, University of Žilina, Slovakia

  • Recent advances on localized collocation solvers based on semi-analytical basis functions
    by W. Xu & Z. Fu, Hohai University, Nanjing 211100, China

  • The effect of curvatures in the buckling analysis of perforated plates using the boundary element method
    by R. A. Soares Junior1, V. Caue Gomes1, L. Palermo Junior1 & L. C. Wrobel2
    1State University of Campinas, Brazil
    2Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, PUC-Rio, Brazil

Conference Sessions

The papers presented during the conference were classified under the following headings:

  • Fast Multipole BEM

  • Fluid Flow Modelling

  • Integral Equation

  • Convergent Solutions

  • Solid Mechanics

Q&A Live Zoom Sessions

Conference delegates were invited to participate in two Q&A live zoom sessions which took place on 25 and 26 May 2022. These friendly sessions were a great opportunity for participants to interact with each other and put questions to authors about their papers.

EABE Editorial Board Meeting

The Editorial Board Meeting of the International Journal of Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements took place over Zoom on Thursday 26 May. Members of the board had the opportunity to discuss recent developments on how the publication is progressing. Of special interest was the continuous increase in the impact factors and the number of submissions. The papers in the Journal also attract a substantial number of citations.

Conference Publication

Papers presented at this conference are published in Volume 134 of the WIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3533). Papers presented at the meeting are available Open Access in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute ( from where they can be freely downloaded by any interested parties.

Closing of the Conference

We are very sorry that we were not able to meet our delegates in person this time, but hope that we are able to do so at a future event.