The International Symposia on Vibrations of Continuous Systems are focused on the vibrations of the fundamental structural elements: strings, rods, beams, membranes, plates, shells, bodies of revolution and other solid bodies of simple geometry. Structures composed of assemblies of structural elements are also of interest, especially if such structures display interesting or unusual response. Many complicating effects are also of interest, to include:
- Free or forced vibration, transient response, e.g., impact, wave propagation or vibration control
- Linear or non-linear, damped or undamped vibration
- Any material type from isotropic to laminated composites
- Multi-field problems with boundary- or body-coupling, e.g., fluid-structure interaction or piezoelectric or thermoelastic interaction with the structural element
The solution methods used may range from analytical to computational, including finite element analyses, as long as the focus is on the vibrational behavior. Overall, presentations are encouraged which provide greater understanding of vibration. Some presentations are desirable on new directions in research, but reviews of older topics, especially if they give new perspective, and presentations of a historical or tutorial nature are also encouraged. The presentations will be made only by invited registrants.
The Symposium will begin with a welcome reception starting at 6 pm on Sunday, July 16 at the Royal Victoria Hotel. At this reception, a drawing will be made to determine the first speaker for the Monday morning session. All presentations will then be made in alphabetical order of the last names of the remaining conference attendees. In this way, there will be no way to know in advance the day on which an attendee's presentation will be given. As such, attendees will need to attend the Symposium all week.
Presentations, which will be limited to 30 minutes (including discussion), will take place each afternoon. Following the tradition of the previous Symposia, each morning will be devoted to hiking and other activities in the local area. Hikes will be organized with increasing levels of difficulty as the week progresses.
Throughout the week, morning activities such as boat trips and visits to local attractions will be planned for family members accompanying Symposium attendees. On Friday evening, the Symposium banquet will be held, an event open to all attendees and their guests. Attendees of previous Symposia who have since retired are invited to attend for the Friday afternoon hike and/or the banquet.
Subject to demand, an additional mountain walk or excursion may be organised following the Symposium on Saturday 22 July.
A Symposium Proceedings will be published, including 3-page summaries of the presentations to be made. Listings of the presentation topics from the last ten Symposia are available by clicking on the above links. The complete proceedings of all the symposia may also be downloaded from those links. So that all participants may get to know one another better, each participant (whether they make a presentation or not) is asked to submit a 1-page biographical sketch, also for publication in the proceedings. A bound copy of the proceedings will be available at the welcoming reception. Summaries and presentations will be in English.
Participants wishing to make a presentation at the Symposium should prepare a 3-page abstract by 1 February 2017, using the guidelines in the enclosed Abstract Format, and mail a camera-ready copy to the General Chairman at the address indicated below. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Editorial Committee, which may accept the abstract as is or return it with a recommendation for revision, possibly to better align the presentation with the Symposium theme. A decision on presentation acceptance is expected by 1 April 2017.
The registration fee of $300 (U.S.) will cover the cost of the welcoming reception, the Symposium proceedings, daily refreshments, transportation for hikes, and dinner at the Symposium banquet. A Symposium Registration Form is mailed to participants, and should be returned to the address thereon. Note that the number of participants is capped at 50, so early registration is advised.
For accompanying guests planning to attend the reception on Sunday evening and the banquet on Friday evening, a fee of $100 will cover these costs. For children or those not attending both functions, the fee can be negotiated with the Local Arrangements Chairman, David Kennedy.
All inquiries about the symposium should be directed to the General Chairman:
Professor Erasmo Carrera
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Politecnico do Torino
Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
The pdf-files of the summaries and biographies should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For details of the hotel, daily hikes and excursions or local transportation, please contact the Local Arrangements Chairman:
Professor David Kennedy
School of Engineering
Queen's Buildings, The Parade
Cardiff CF24 3AA, Wales, UK
Please contact David for details of how to pay the registration fee.