ACME School and Conference held at Heriot-Watt

Over 100  participants from universities across the UK came to Heriot-Watt University for the UK Association for Computational Mechanics in Engineering (ACME) conference.

The School of the Built Environment hosted the event which aimed to share state-of-the-art research findings and experience across the full range of computational mechanics.

The event was the first ever ACME School and the 19th UK ACME conference, and both were organised under the auspices of the UK Association for Computational Mechanics in Engineering (ACME), which is affiliated to the European organisation ECCOMAS and the international organisation IACM.

Professor Roger Owen from Swansea University, a member of the IACM Executive Council, gave the opening lecture entitled 'Challenges in the Modeling of Particulates and Multi-Fracturing Materials with Coupled Field Effects.'

The Conference also saw the strong participation of young researchers. Three prizes were awarded for the presenters of the best papers (the Mike Crisfield Prize, the Best PhD Paper and the Best Post-Doctorate Paper prize).

The conference was preceded by the 1st UK ACME School, which consisted of a series of lectures given by established ACME members on new research trends in computational mechanics. This year's School was dedicated to mesh reduction techniques.