Symposium on Mechanics of Slender Structures 2017

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The research group on Lift Engineering INGELEV and the Lift Engineering Center of the University of Extremadura are hosting a meeting on the mechanics of systems employing slender structural elements. This conference forms a continuation of a successful meeting series on the Mechanics of Slender Structures first held in Northampton, U.K., in 2006, followed by the event hosted in Baltimore, USA in 2008, in San Sebastián, Spain in 2010, in  Harbin, China in 2013, in Northampton, U.K. in 2015 and in Shanghai, China in 2016.


Applications of slender structures include terrestrial, marine and space systems. Moving elastic elements such as ropes, cables, belts and tethers are pivotal components of many engineering systems. Their lengths often vary when the system is in operation. The applications include vertical transportation installations and, more recently, space tether propulsion systems. Traction drive elevator installations employ ropes and belts of variable length as a means of suspension, and also for the compensation of tensile forces over the traction sheave. In cranes and mine hoists, cables and ropes are subject to length variation in order to carry payloads. Tethers experiencing extension and retraction are important components of offshore and marine installations, as well as being proposed for a variety of different space vehicle propulsion systems based on different applications of momentum exchange and electrodynamic interactions with planetary magnetic fields. Furthermore, cables and slender rods are used extensively in civil engineering; in cable-supported bridges, guyed masts and long-span roofs of buildings and stadia. Also, suspended cables are applied as electricity transmission lines. Chains are used in various power transmission systems that include such mechanical systems as chain drives and chain saws. Moving conveyor belts are essential components in various material handling installations.


Tall buildings and towers represent another important class of slender structures. In the modern high-rise built environment tall buildings have increased height and slenderness as well as reduced weight. Such structures are designed to withstand a broad range of external loads such as strong wind and seismic excitation. However, they are prone to structural vibrations and complex resonance phenomena that causes damage, affect their occupants and modular installations such as vertical transportation/ lift systems. The performance of these installations plays a significant role in the building operation and a holistic approach is needed in the analysis and design of the entire structural system.

MoSS 2017 will be devoted and have special interests in recent multi-disciplinary applications in the mechanics of slender structures, such as biotensigrity, micro-structures, MEMS, bones mechanics, intramedullary nails, tendon sheat technology, intelligent tendons, arteries and veins, membranes, stents, sails, fishing nets, inflatable structures, high speed trains and in other new cutting edge technologies.


The symposium will bring together experts from various fields: structural mechanics, thermo-mechanics, dynamics, electrodynamics, vibration and control, structural health monitoring, artificial intelligence, and materials science to discuss the current state of research as well as rising trends and direction for future research in the area of mechanics of slender structures. The meeting is aimed at improving the understanding of structural and thermo-mechanical properties and behaviour of slender structures. More specifically, the methods for the suppression of adverse dynamic responses of such systems will be addressed. The scope covers analytical, numerical and experimental research into the mechanics of ropes, cables, tethers, chains, yarns, fibres, membranes, plates and shells as well as their grouping in more complex structures and their interactions with the host structure in various engineering applications.


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