Dear Colleagues, The next World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM VII) will take place in Los Angeles from July 16 to 22, 2006.
During this conference, we are organizing a mini symposium entitled: *Constitutive modeling of materials submitted to large strains and large strain-rates. Application to impact and material forming processes.* In view of your research activities and acknowledged reputation in this field, we have the pleasure to invite you to deliver an invited paper in our mini symposium. We would be very glad if you could accept this invitation. The topics of the symposium are briefly described in the following abstract. Your abstract should be submitted through the website of the Conference http://www.wccm2006.northwestern.edu/ at your earliest convenience, but before *November 15, 2005** */(/click on/ Minisymposia/Abstract Submission Form)./ / / We look forward to meeting you there, J.P. Ponthot D.Celentano C. Garcia-Garino [EMAIL PROTECTED] <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]> [EMAIL PROTECTED] <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]> [EMAIL PROTECTED] <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]> University of Liège Univ. of Santiago de Chile University de Cuyo *_Abstract:_* During the past four decades, the research efforts of investigating the mechanical or thermo-mechanical response behavior of engineering materials, under various types of loading, have been ultimately significant. The interpretation and applications of mechanical response data have stimulated powerful advances both in research interest and in engineering practice. In this context, widespread research work on the subject has established well-profound concepts, principles and results. However, when dealing with large strains, large strain-rates and/or thermo-mechanical coupling many questions are still open and the field is still under constant evolution. Advances in such a field demand a closer interaction between material scientists and numerical analysts in order to produce theoretical models which provide a response relevant to the fundamental principles and experimental observations. This mini-symposium aims at bringing together, engineers, researchers and scientists to discuss their latest developments in this rapidly advancing field. We will consider contributions addressing the theoretical basis for the solution of generalized plasticity (i.e. including plasticity, visco-plasticity, visco-elasticity as well as non linear elasticity) problems, numerical algorithms necessary for efficient and robust computer implementation, as well as computational mechanics applied to the physical interpretation of experimental results. -- ______________________________________________________________________ Dr-Ir Jean-Philippe PONTHOT - Charge de cours adjoint Universite de Liege - ASMA/LTAS-MC&T Campus universitaire du Sart-Tilman Institut de Mécanique B52/3 Chemin des Chevreuils, 1 B-4000 LIEGE 1, BELGIUM Tel: +32-(0)4-366 93 10 ** Fax: +32-(0)4-366 91 41 WWW: http://www.ulg.ac.be/ltas-mct/index.html ______________________________________________________________________