Introduction of Division
Fields of Activity and Objective:
A characteristic aspect of the Computational Mechanics Division is in its interdisciplinary nature in the mechanical engineering science. Computational mechanics is an academic field, which includes various subjects relevant to the numerical analysis such as the finite element method, boundary element method, finite difference method, mesh-free method, molecular dynamics method, etc., and to their applications to various science and engineering problems. It also includes the fields related to the above numerical methods that are mesh-generation, visualization technology, high-performance computing required for solving large-scaled problems.
Computational mechanics is expected to progress not only by itself as one of the high technologies but also together with the traditional fields of mechanical engineering, e. g. materials and mechanics, fluid engineering, thermal engineering, mechanical dynamics, mechanical design and so forth. Unlimitted within the mechanical engineering filed, computational mechanics is now widespread to other fields of engineering such as civil engineering, architecture, aeronautical engineering, chemical engineering, electric & electronic engineering, and others. More than 5300 engineers and researchers are enrolled in the Computational Mechanics Division from colleges, companies, and laboratories, and it holds the largest body in the computational mechanics societies in Japan. It is therefore the objective of our activity that we contribute to the progress of computational mechanics in cooperation with other divisions of JSME as well as other science and engineering societies.
The most important activity is in the Computational Mechanics Conference, the Annual Meeting of Computational Mechanics Division. It inaugurated in 1988, and the latest conference counts the 16th at Kobe University in November 2003, in which we had more than 600 participants and 500 presentations. Besides the conferences, courses, lectures, mini-symposia, and other events sponsored by the division are also held several times every year. The division has sponsored the International Symposium on Advanced Computing (ISAC) three times so far. In November 2004, the International Workshops on Advances in Computational Mechanics will be held under the co-sponsorship of the Computational Mechanics Division, the Fluid Engineering Division and the Japan Society of Computational Engineering Science. We have eight technical sections in the division addressed to the topics related to the computational mechanics. The Computational Mechanics Division has also greatly contributed to establishing a system for accreditation of computational mechanics engineers.
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