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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Multi-Scale Modelling Workshop

17th March 2008, 00:00 to 18th March 2008, 00:00, Senate Suite, Durham Castle

This two-day event will explore two key themes within the field of multiscale modelling (i) the governing mechanics appearing on different scales (from molecular to geological/cosmological) and (ii) the processes by which information is transmitted across the scales. Challenges arise when attempting to ensure that quite different schemes are connected in such a way that fully satisfies the fundamental conservation laws.

The meeting will coincide with the presence of IAS visiting academic Professor Ronaldo Borja; a specialist in the large-scale instability analysis of geomechanical structures. A common thread running through this Workshop will be the identification of the algorithmic structures used to simulate a variety of physical processes (for example, the nonlinear deformation and rupture of solids, reactive multi-phase fluid transport through the void systems of porous bodies and thermal conduction). The meeting will place particular importance on reporting on both the nonlinear solution methods and the advanced (parallel) iterative linear solvers which are capable of handling more than 109 unknowns. During the Workshop, the relative advantages of continuum and discontinuum computational techniques such as the Finite Element Method, the Discrete Element Method, the Boundary Integral Method and Lattice Boltzmann approaches will be presented and discussed. Evening breakout sessions will focus on exploring specific future research collaborations amongst delegates. A number of leading international academics will speak at the Workshop. These will include: Professor Ronaldo Borja (Stanford), Professor Anna Pandolfi (Milan and Caltech) and Professor Nenad Bicanic (Glasgow).

Contact r.s.crouch@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.