The Pan American Congress of Applied Mechanics (PACAM)

was a biennial event until 2012 and has been an annual event since then. The aim of the congress is to promote progress in the broad field of mechanics by (1) exposing engineers and scientists, as well as advanced graduate students, to new research developments, methods, and problems in mechanics and (2) providing broad opportunities for personal interactions through means of formal presentations and informal conversations.

PACAM XIV will be held in Santiago, Chile, hosted by Universidad de Chile.


Some of the main areas of interest for this congress are

  • Solid Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Continuum Mechanics of Solids and Fluids
  • Vibration and Dynamics
  • Control


This is the overall publication schedule for PACAM XIV.

Submission of Abstract Closed
Author Notificaction of Abstract Acceptance 15 December, 2013
Early Registration Ends 15 January, 2014
Submission of Full-Lenght-Papers 26 January, 2014


List of Main Tracks

Track 1 Solid Mechanics
Track 2 Fluid Mechanics
Track 3 Continuum Mechanics of Solids and Fluids
Track 4 Vibration and Dynamics
Track 5 Control


List of Minisymposia

1.- Mechanics of Soft Active Materials

The mini-symposium will bring together researchers to present state-of-the-art advances, as well as inspire and discuss ideas in the field of mechanics of highly deformable active materials. The areas of interest include but are not limited to

– Electroactive polymers (EAP) and Dielectric elastomers (DE)
– Magnetorheological Elastomers (MRE)


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2.- Material Modeling in Mechanics

Modeling of material behavior is an essential and active area of research in the physical and mathematical sciences. Because of ever increasing computational power, sophisticated modeling ideas and techniques based upon modern physics concepts and improved experimental observations are being advanced. This synergistic activity has drawn the attention of researchers in mechanics from a wide spectrum of areas which include continuum and discrete theories. Although computational modeling of material behavior based upon a large number of particles, which could be atoms or molecules,
may still require an excessive number of operations for even the most powerful computer of our generation, it is becoming a common practice to use this approach in small parts of the body that are subject to extreme conditions of generalized loading, such as in the vicinity of a crack tip. This, then, requires the development of a suitable matching technique from the small-scale-discrete to a large-scale-continuum theory in order to accurately describe the overall behavior of the whole body. Thus, traditional areas of mechanics, such as as elasticity, viscoelasticity, plasticity, visco-elasto-plasticity, creep, damage, and fatigue, are being complemented by non-traditional areas such as Cosserat theory, peridynamic theory, atomistic-to-continuum theory, granular materials, particle
systems, biomaterials, heterogeneous materials and structured continua. The aim of this symposium is to bring together researchers working in these very diverse, but related, areas of mechanics for the purpose of engaging discussion and exchanging and criticizing knowledge and ideas within a scholarly environment.

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3.- Nonlinear Elasticity

The purpose of this symposium is to address and outline new directions in
large deformation solid mechanics and to furnish a forum for discussions
on a wide range of research in all fields comprising nonlinear elasticity.
In particular, we encourage contributions in the areas of:

·      Constitutive equations of rubberlike composites
·      Elastic and inelastic properties of elastomeric and polymeric
·      Elastic instabilities of continuum structure and uniqueness
·      Biomechanics of soft tissue
·      Nonlinear electro- and magnetoelastic interactions
·      Characterization and modeling of active biohybrid materials
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4.- Applied Mechanics in Energy Conversion and Storage

This minisimposia covers the topics related to the use of applied mechanics tools in the design and application of energy conversion and storage systems, including mathematical modeling and numerical methods. Energy systems are focused in renewable sources, such as, wind power, solar power, geothermal power, wave power, etc. where the modeling of fluid flows, heat transfer, mechanical vibrations and structural stresses are involved in the design. Energy storage systems include a wide range of technologies, from thermal energy storage systems to Lithium-Ion battery systems.
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5.- Advanced Analysis of Materials & Structural Solutions in Biomechanics & Safety

Key words: biomechanics, body motion, safety, advanced analysis, materials structures and microstructures, damage, dynamics, mesh methods, meshless methods, numerical analysis, dynamic loadings, strain rate sensitivity, protective structures, shear thickening fluid, magnetorheological fluid, constitutive modeling.
The Mini-Symposium attempts to gather researchers devoted to computational analysis and experimental studies of solids implemented in biomechanics and safety areas subjected to various complex loadings. The contributions will be focused on the following topics:

  1. Biomechanical analysis of human body dummies in different dynamic loading conditions.
  2. Inverse dynamic analysis ? human body prediction.
  3. Models and modeling techniques of realistic human organs.
  4. Constitutive description of materials subjected to complex loading conditions.
  5. Mesh and meshless methods in analyses of materials and structures.
  6. Shear thickening fluid (STF) for body and objects protection.
  7. Magnetorheological fluid (MRF) for body and objects protection.

The Mini-Symposium is intended to present challenges and achievements in applications of theoretical, computational and experimental mechanics focused on biomechanical and safety issues.

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6.- Nonlinear Dynamical Phenomena in Mechanical and Mechatronical Systems

Objective: The mini-symposium is aimed on attracting engineers and researchers working in the field of mechanical/mechatronical systems governed by ordinary and partial differential equations. The proposed mini-symposium cuts across two general directions including theoretical achievements in the field of non-linear vibrations either of lumped mechanical/mechatronical systems or continuous structural members. In particular, periodic, quasi periodic and bifurcational non-linear dynamics governed by ODEs will be addressed as well as spatio-temporal chaotic dynamics governed by PDEs (beams, plates and shells). Covered topics will also include non-smooth systems, non-linear dynamics, control approaches, asymptotic methods, multi-body system dynamics, contact and collision phenomena, dynamics, stability problems. Engineering applications cover non-linear dynamics of machine elements, vibrations of flexible structures and numerous other examples in the areas of mechanics, mechatronics, micro-electro-mechanics and structural health monitoring.

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7.- Applied Mechanics in Mechanical Engineering

The use of the latest developments in mechanical engineering overcomes the barriers in the design of further mechanical systems. Current modern calculation tools and software, such as CAD, CAE, CAM, allow for their easier implementation in projects. The development of GPS(geometry of the product specification) measurement technology has enabled verification of the quality of manufactured parts and accessories, that check whether the contact conditions are the same as designed and that actual events are similar to modeled ones. However, it is necessary to use simulations and mathematical modeling in order to solve the observed mechanical phenomena. The symposium meeting will be focused on the latest developments in engineering design and operation of machinery and mechanical systems.
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