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Advances and Applications in Meshfree and Particle Methods

C. T. Wu, Livermore Software Technology Corporation

Mike Hillman, Pennsylvania State University

Zhen Chen, University of Missouri

Dongdong Wang, Xiamen University

Marc Schweitzer, Fraunhofer Institute

Jiun-Shyan Chen, UCSD

Sheng-Wei Chi, University of Illinois at Chicago

Meshfree and particle methods have emerged as a new class of numerical methods that play an increasingly significant role in the study of challenging engineering problems. New and exciting developments of meshfree and particle methods often go beyond the classical theories, incorporate more profound physical mechanisms, and are becoming the exclusive numerical tools in addressing the computational challenges that were once difficult or impossible to solve by conventional methods.

The goal of this minisymposium is to bring together experts working on these methods, share research results and identify the emergent needs towards more rapid progress in advancing the important fields of meshfree and particle methods. Topics of interest for this minisymposium include, but are not limited to the following:

* Recent advances in meshfree and particle methods, coupling of finite element and meshfree methods, smoothed particle hydrodynamics, and peridynamics
* Methods coupling multiple physics and/or multiple scales
* Methods of fictitious domains and non-intrusive coupling
* Strong form collocation methods
* Nodal integration and domain integration methods for the Galerkin formulation
* Characterization and stabilization of numerical instabilities
* Recent advances in modeling strong and weak discontinuities
* Recent advances in modeling extreme loading events
* Recent advances in modeling manufacturing problems
* Recent advances in modeling bio- and nano- mechanics problems
* Nonlocal mechanics and computation
* Parallel computation, solvers and large-scale simulations
* New applications