IUTAM Symposium on Progress in the Theory and Numerics of Configurational Mechanics

  • P. Steinmann

Part of the IUTAM Bookseries book series (IUTAMBOOK, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Erwan Verron, Malik Aït-Bachir, Philippe Castaing
    Pages 27-35
  3. Fredrik Larsson, Kenneth Runesson, Johan Tillberg
    Pages 47-59
  4. Daniel Materna, Franz-Joseph Barthold
    Pages 95-105
  5. Victor A. Eremeyev, Holm Altenbach
    Pages 121-130
  6. Arkadi Berezovski, Jüri Engelbrecht, Gérard A. Maugin
    Pages 149-158
  7. M. Giaquinta, P. M. Mariano, G. Modica, D. Mucci
    Pages 159-168
  8. Eleni Agiasofitou, Markus Lazar
    Pages 179-191
  9. Michael Kaliske, Christiane Netzker, Bastian Näser
    Pages 193-202
  10. Swantje Bargmann, Ralf Denzer, Paul Steinmann
    Pages 205-214
  11. Markus Lazar, Charalampos Anastassiadis
    Pages 215-227
  12. Vassilios K. Kalpakides, Antonios I. Arvanitakis
    Pages 229-238
  13. Sarah Ricker, Julia Mergheim, Paul Steinmann
    Pages 249-259
  14. V. Ebbing, J. Schröder, P. Steinmann, P. Neff
    Pages 261-270
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 271-271

About these proceedings


Configurational mechanics has attracted much attention from various research fields over the recent years/decades and has developed into a versatile tool that can be applied to a variety of problems.

Since Eshelby's seminal works a general notion of configurational mechanics has evolved and has successfully been applied to many problems involving various types of defects in continuous media. The most prominent application is the use of configurational forces in fracture mechanics.

However, as configurational mechanics is related to arbitrary material inhomogeneities it has also very successfully been applied to many materials science and engineering problems such as phase transitions and inelastic deformations.

Also, the modeling of materials with micro-structure evolution is an important field, in which configurational mechanics can provide a better understanding of processes going on within the material. Besides these mechanical, physical, and chemical applications, ideas from configurational mechanics are now increasingly applied within computational mechanics.

In this regard, in particular the combination of configurational mechanics and the finite element method has a notable impact on computational mechanics.

New methods based on configurational mechanics are developing in computational fracture mechanics, structural optimization and adaptivity. These methods include, for example, r- and h-adaptive methods for mesh optimization and refinement.

The IUTAM Symposium on "Progress in the Theory and Numerics of Configurational Mechanics" that took place at the University of Erlangen/Nuremberg, Germany, from October 20th to 24th, 2008, shed light on the most recent state of affairs in configurational mechanics. This proceedings volume brings together a number of peer reviewed papers that were presented at the symposium.


Eshelby IUTAM adaptivity computational mechanics configurational mechanics continuum mechanics finite element method mesh optimization modeling numerics polymer

Editors and affiliations

  • P. Steinmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair of Applied MechanicsUniversity of Erlangen-NurembergErlangenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-3446-5
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-3447-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1875-3507
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