Dear Colleagues, The EPFL School of continuing education presents a short course on the extended finite element method (XFEM) taking place Dec. 7-9 2005, in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Program web page : http://continuing-education.epfl.ch/X-FEM Registration form : http://registration.epfl.ch/index.php?form=XFEMREGISTR1 This course is of interest to those in aeronautics, automotive industry, transport, mechanical, civil and nuclear industries, and to all interested in numerical methods for engineering. The XFEM is a novel numerical method which extends the standard finite element method and allows handling problems with interfaces and singularities (fluid-fluid, fluid-solid, solid-solid, etc.) to be solved without meshing/remeshing the interface as it evolves. Examples of applications include fracture mechanics multiphase flows, solidification problems, microstructure modeling, material interfaces, bio-engineering, localization, etc. The course will start from the basics so as to be understandable by all. In addition, examples will be presented, including real-world problems such as the damage tolerance assessment of a Boeing 757 door, fluid-structure interaction problems, and biofilm growth. Hands-on applications will allow the participants to implement the method themselves, with the guidance of the instructors. A round table is organized so as to facilitate communication between the participants, and stimulate the exchange of ideas. This round table will be moderated by Assistant Professor Anthony Gravouil, INSA Lyon, France. Class notes, including a complete bibliography on the method will be given to the participants. Generic Libraries to Support FEM Applications, a talk by Peter Gottschling (Matrix Template Library) will open the course. Please contact me for any other details you might require. Thank you for your time, and best regards from Switzerland, Stéphane Bordas -- _________________________________________________________________Stephane Bordas http://www.tam.northwestern.edu/sbordashttp://people.epfl.ch/stephane.bordas Laboratory of structural and continuum mechanicsLaboratoire de mécanique des structures et milieux continus (LSC)EPFL/ENAC/IS/LSC GC A2 454Station 18 EPFL-LSC, Ecublens CH-1015 LausanneSuisse/Switzerland/Schweiz Tél: +41 21 693 24 03 Fax: +41 21 693 63 40