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The Fourth Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics

University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus | 28th – 29th November 2019 (pre-conference workshop on 27th Nov)

University of Tasmania is proud to host the 4th Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics.

The conference will be held at our Sandy Bay Campus within the state-of-the-art Harvard Lecture Theatre, Centenary Lecture Theatre and Engineering Design Centre in the Centenary and Engineering Buildings.

Welcome Message

Dear ACCM Members, Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the organising committee and as the conference chair, we would like to welcome you to the 4th Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics (ACCM-4) held in Hobart, Australia from 28-29 November 2019 (with a pre-conference workshop on 27 Nov).

The Australasian Association for Computational Mechanics (AACM) facilitates the organisation of this premier biennial conference. The conference aims to provide an international forum for researchers, industry practitioners, engineers and postgraduate scholars to promote, exchange and disseminate recent findings on contemporary and wide-ranging topics in Computational Mechanics.

Computational Mechanics is a fundamental subject of engineering science. It underpins all of the primary engineering disciplines, including Civil, Mechanical, and Materials Engineering. Computational Mechanics addresses a broad range of areas, from conventional structural and mechanical designs, failure analysis, dynamic and vibration analysis, and fluid mechanics to cutting-edge computational mechanics, nano-micro mechanics, multiscale mechanics, coupled multiphysics problems and novel materials. This is truly reflected in the variety of fields featured in the conference topics. One key aim of ACCM is to retain and engage high-quality graduate students in Computational Mechanics research. ACCM aims to nurture the talent of young researchers through its best paper awards.

The ACCM series started in 2013 with the ACCM-1, ACCM-2 and ACCM-3 held in Sydney, Brisbane and Geelong, respectively. The ACCM conference has become a flagship activity of AACM and will be regularly organised. ACCM will accommodate presentations on a wide range of topics to facilitate the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas in science, engineering and allied disciplines, and helps to foster collaborations.

The ACCM conference is unique in that it showcases the current trends and research developments in Computational Mechanics in the Australasian region and its relationship to national and regional priorities. The extended abstracts to be presented at ACCM-4 will address many grand challenges in modern engineering. The extended abstracts to be presented at ACCM-4 will be peer-reviewed by expert reviewers including members of the National Scientific and Local Organising Committees for ACCM-4. The topics of these extended abstracts will range from nano- to macro-mechanics of materials, dynamics, sustainable manufacturing, biomechanics and computational mechanics.

Finally, we invite you to participate in the ACCM-4 conference, and hope you will have a wonderful and richly rewarding conference experience in Hobart, Australia. We look forward to your participation at this and continued engagement at future ACCM conferences.

Conference Program

Keynote Speaker

D Vaughan Griffiths

Professor D Vaughan Griffiths
Colorado School of Mines

Computational Slope Stability Analysis

Slope stability analysis remains a central activity for geotechnical practitioners and a continued area of interest and research for academics. A wide range of methodologies for slope stability analysis have been developed, ranging from Taylor’s charts from the 1930’s to state-of-art random finite element methods for probabilistic analysis. The lecture describes two simple slope stability analyses that can lead to unconservative (unsafe) solutions. Firstly, a classical problem solved by Taylor is revisited using (i) simple optimization, (ii) elastic-plastic finite elements with strength reduction and (iii) upper- and lower-bound finite element limit analysis. The results show the benefits of the finite element approaches, especially as the slope becomes relatively flat where the simple approach starts to overestimate the factor of safety. Secondly, a probabilistic slope stability analysis is performed using (i) a simple analytical approach and (ii) the random finite element method (RFEM). For the case considered, the analytical approach is shown to underestimate the probability of failure, by failing to account for spatial variability in the form of a correlation length.

Keynote Speaker

Michael Kirkpatrick

Associate Professor Michael Kirkpatrick
The University of Sydney

Simulating Fluid Flow in Complex Geometries on Structured Meshes

This presentation will give a comparison of three approaches commonly used to model fluid flow in geometrically complex domains: the Cut Cell Method, Immersed Boundary Method and Curvilinear Coordinate Method. These approaches are discussed with reference to implementations within our CFD code -- PUFFIN. In the Cut Cell Method, a Cartesian mesh is used and complex boundaries are defined by truncating any computational cells intersected by the boundary. This leads to extra terms in the equations for the boundary cells but leaves the equations for the remaining cells in standard Cartesian form. In the Immersed Boundary Method, boundaries are represented through the creation of a set of virtual nodes lying on the boundary surfaces. Forcing terms are added to the equations for cells in the vicinity of the boundaries that drive the solution towards one that satisfies the boundary conditions at the virtual nodes. In the Curvilinear Coordinate Method, the governing equations are solved in a coordinate system that is transformed so that coordinate planes are aligned with the domain boundaries. This last method is mathematically complex, so a brief overview of relevant aspects of the theory of tensor analysis is given before proceeding to a description of our implementation.

Keynote Speaker

Amir H. Gandomi

Professor Amir H. Gandomi
University Technology Sydney

Evolutionary Computation in Structural and Geo-mechanics

Evolutionary computation (EC) techniques are a subset of artificial intelligence, but they are slightly different from the classical methods in the sense that the intelligence of EC comes from biological systems. The central theme of this presentation is about EC techniques and their application to structural and geotechnical engineering problems. On this basis, the presentation is divided into two separate sections, including (big) data mining, and global optimisation. First, applied evolutionary computing in structural and geotechnical engineering data mining will be presented, and then their new advances will be mentioned, such as big data mining. After EC introduction, the EC applications for response modelling of a complex structural system under seismic loads will be explained in detail to demonstrate the applicability of these algorithms on a complex civil engineering problem. In the second section, the evolutionary optimisation algorithms and their key applications in the optimisation of complex and nonlinear civil engineering systems will be discussed. EC advantages over the classical optimisation problems and optimisation results of large-scale civil engineering systems using EC will be presented in this part. Some heuristics will be explained which are adaptable with EC and they can significantly improve their results.

Invited Speaker

Mitsuo Umezu

Professor Mitsuo Umezu
Waseda University

My 45 Years’ Journey as a Biomedical (Bloody) Engineer, Including Australian Experience

Throughout my 45 years of research in Japan and Australia, I have participated in three ventricular assist system (VAS) projects. Of the three, two projects reached clinical application and commercialization. However, I had a critical stressful concern during pumping on my first “First in Human (FIH)”. My first FIH was in 1982, and involved a pneumatically-driven VAS at the National Cardiovascular Center, Osaka. The second FIH, in 2005, was with an implantable centrifugal-type VAS (EVAHEART) at Tokyo Women’s Medical University. Both VASs got official government approval for clinical device production in 1991 and 2011, respectively. The third VAS, an Australian project at St. Vincent’s Hospital, received an international patent for the Spiral Vortex pulsatile pump, and prototyped a mass production manufacturing technology. However, although the pump cost was dramatically reduced (90%), it did not achieve commercial success. Based on my experience, I would like to emphasize the importance of obtaining safety and efficacy data. Firstly, engineering analysis by modeling and simulation technology with sophisticated mock circulatory systems and CFD is the most effective approach, in addition to animal experiments. I named this approach: “another EBM; Engineering Based Medicine”. Of course, knowledge of medical regulatory affairs is also required to clear the hurdle of government approval.

Pre-conference workshop
– 27 November

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Pre-conference workshop
Computational Hardrock Mechanics
To be facilitated by:
Prof Chun’an Tang,
Prof Andrew Chan,
Dr Hong Y Liu and
Mr Mojtaba Mohammadnejad.

Workshop Documents

Day 1 – 28 November

Time: 8:00am
Registration Open

Time: 9:00am
Conference Open and Welcome

Time: 9:15am
Keynote 1

Time: 10:15am
Morning Tea

Time: 10:40am
Concurrent Sessions

Time: 12:00noon

Time: 1:00pm
Concurrent Sessions

Time: 3:00pm
Afternoon Tea

Time: 3:20pm
Concurrent Sessions

Time: 5:00pm
Close of Day 1

Day 2 – 29 November

Time: 9:00am
Conference Open and Welcome

Time: 9:15am
Keynote 2

Time: 10:15am
Morning Tea

Time: 10:40am
Concurrent Sessions

Time: 12:00noon

Time: 1:00pm
Concurrent Sessions

Time: 3:00pm
Conference close

Call for Abstracts and Important Dates

The conference is intended to cover all aspects of computational mechanics in all disciplines of engineering and physics. Authors are invited to submit first outline abstracts and then extended abstracts of topics related to this conference. Refer to the extended abstract template (WORD 77.5KB) for download upon acceptance into the program.

Important Dates

  • Call for outline abstracts closes: Monday 14th October 2019
  • Notification of abstract submission outcome: Monday 14th October 2019
  • Extended abstracts due: Friday 8th November 2019
  • Early bird registration deadline: Friday 8th November 2019

The authors of the selected extended abstracts will be invited to submit full papers to a special issue of a leading computational mechanics journal.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

  • adaptive meshing for fluid dynamics
  • advanced computational cardiovascular modelling
  • advanced computational fluid dynamics
  • advanced developments on finite element and meshless technologies
  • advanced gridding and discretization techniques for petroleum reservoir simulation
  • advanced materials: computational analysis of properties and performance
  • advanced numerical methods for fluid structure interaction
  • advances in boundary element methods and mesh reducing techniques
  • advances in discontinuous galerkin method
  • advances in membrane structures computations
  • bio- and nano-mechanics and materials with applications
  • computational aspects in damage and failure mechanics
  • computational aspects of smart structures and materials
  • computational bioengineering and biomedicine
  • computational bioimaging and visualisation
  • computational biomechanics
  • computational contact mechanics
  • computational geomechanics
  • computational geotechnics
  • computational mechanics of composite materials
  • computational modelling and simulation in dentistry
  • generalised continuum, higher-order homogenization and multiscale methods
  • generalised/extended FEM and other enriched partition of unity based methods
  • inverse problems, design and optimisation
  • multidisciplinary design optimization in computational mechanics
  • uncertainty quantification in computational modelling, design and optimisation
  • multi-scale computational modelling
  • new trends in topology optimisation
Abstract Submission


The registration rates are decided in considering the following information

  1. to keep a low registration rate; and
  2. to make the conference financially healthy and sustainable.

Author registrations that are completed after the Early-Bird Registration Deadline may not be included in the Conference Proceedings. Attendees are encouraged to register as early as possible.

Please be reminded that the publication cost for one paper per presenter is included in the registration. If you have submitted more than one paper you will need to nominate at a later date which one is published. If you have co-authors then please ensure that sufficient are registered so that the above choice does not have to be made.

Each delegate may present and publish one paper.

Register Now


Registration Type Early Bird Registration Standard Registration
Full Delegate Registration (including congerence dinner) $550 AUD incl GST $715 AUD incl GST
Student (not including conference dinner) $330 AUD incl GST $430 AUD incl GST
Pre Conference Workshop (including USB with FDEM, RFPA and the two software’s instruction materials, lunch and refreshments) $88 AUD incl GST $88 AUD incl GST
Conference Dinner (included for the full delegate registration) $110 AUD incl GST $110 AUD incl GST


Sponsorships are open for local, national and international organisations. The sponsors will be provided with a space for a stand outside the conference areas

  • Silver sponsorship ($1000 excl GST) would be named as the sponsor for a session of tea or coffee
  • Gold sponsorship ($2000 excl GST) will be for sponsoring one of the keynote speakers
  • Platinum sponsorship ($4000 excl GST) will be for one of the lunch sessions

Venue and Travel

The conference will be hosted by School of Engineering within the College of Science and Engineering in the Centenary and Engineering Buildings at the Sandy Bay Campus of University of Tasmania.

Introduction to University of Tasmania:

University of Tasmania is the fourth oldest university in Australia and Engineering has been taught for over 100 years in Hobart. There are major computational research activities in e.g. geomechanics and oceanography areas. The university is the host of the Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing facility. The facility supports applications using more than 7,000 Central Processing Unit (CPU) cores, exposing researchers to the scaling problems of large CPU count jobs and providing them essential experience if they are wanting to migrate workloads to larger facilities such as the supercomputer at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) facility in Canberra.

Tasmania is a place of wild and beautiful landscapes, friendly people with a relaxed island lifestyle, wonderful food and wine, and a haunting history evoked by world-famous convict ruins. It's also Australia's smallest state and the most geographically diverse with over 40 per cent reserved as national parks and world heritage wilderness. (Discover Tasmania, About, Regions of Tasmania) Hobart, Tasmania's capital city, offers a blend of heritage and lifestyle with world class activities and attractions nearby. (Discover Tasmania, About, Regions of Tasmania, Hobart and South)

Conference Rooms

Centenary Lecture Room

Centenary Lecture Room (Capacity: 160)

Harvard Lecture Rooms

Harvard Lecture Rooms (Capacity: 62)

Engineering Design Centre

Engineering Design Centre

Getting there

Air: All visitors can take flights to Hobart’s International Airport and drive, take a shuttle bus or taxi to the Sandy Bay Campus. The travellers from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane can also fly to Launceston Airport and then drive or take a shuttle bus to Hobart.

Driving: The Sandy Bay Campus is located approximately 20 minute’s drive from Hobart International Airport. All the major rental car companies have information desks on-site at the airport. Launceston airport is approximately 200 kilometers from Hobart. Some of the major rental car companies information desks on-site at the airport. The following Google Map shows the route from Launceston Airport to the Sandy Bay Campus.

Airport Shuttle: From Hobart International Airport you can use SkyBus to travel direct to the hotels around the Sandy Bay Campus. Contact, booking, price, and timetable information can be found on their website. From Launceston Airport you can use the Launceston Airport Shuttle to travel direct to Hobart. Contact, booking and price information can be found on their website. Please contact this company directly for information on pick-up and drop-off options in Hobart.

Taxis: Refer to Hobart taxi for information on estimating taxi fares, booking online, etc. The contact number for booking a taxi in Hobart is 131 008.

Visa applications: International delegates please note a Visa may be required to enter Australia.

For information on Visa requirements as well as how and where to apply for a visitor’s visa to Australia, please visit the Department of Immigration Website for more information. Please note you will need to register for the conference and pay your fees before applying for a visa. It is recommended that Visa applications are submitted no later than 6 weeks prior to your date of intended travel.


Being a major tourist destination, there are a wide variety of hotels and motels at various price ranges. Refer to Discover Tasmania | Where to Stay | Hotels and Motels. As November is in late Spring and that is before the school Summer holidays, there should not be major problems concerning availability. However, as the University of Tasmania semester 2 examination finishes on 12th November, student Accommodation will be available. Refer to University of Tasmania | Student Living | Short Stay.

Wrest Point
The Old Woolstore
Hotel Grand Chancellor


To learn more about the conference and get in touch, please email or phone the conference organisers.

Prof Andrew Chan

ACCM-4 Conference Chair

Professor and Head
School of Engineering | College of Sciences and Engineering
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 65 Hobart
Tasmania 7001 Australia
Room: Engineering Building (Bldg8) - 327
Phone: +61 3 6226 2954
Mobile: +61 439 094 236

Dr Hong Y Liu

ACCM-4 Conference Co-chair

Senior Lecturer in Geomechanics
School of Engineering | College of Sciences and Engineering
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 65 Hobart
Tasmania 7001 Australia
Room: Engineering Building (Bldg8) - 221
Phone: 03 6226 2113
Mobile: 0423910031

Dr Ali Tolooiyan

ACCM-4 Conference Co-chair

Senior Lecturer in Computational Geotechnics
School of Engineering | College of Sciences and Engineering
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 65 Hobart
Tasmania 7001 Australia
Room: Engineering Building (Bldg8) - 226A
Phone: 03 6226 2429


Local Organising Committee

  • Conference Chair: Prof Andrew Chan
  • Co-chairs: Dr Hong Y Liu, and Dr Ali Tolooiyan
  • Secretary: Dr Reza Kefayati
  • Committee members: Dr Alex Taoum, Dr Damien Holloway, Mr Mojtaba Mohammadnejad

Also available: Scientific Committee (WORD 15.1 KB)

Given NamesSurnameUniversity
AbdulSheikhUniversity of Adelaide
AdrianRussellUniversity of New South Wales
AliTolooiyanUniversity of Tasmania
AndrewChanUniversity of Tasmania
ArmanKhoshghalbUniversity of New South Wales
AssaadTaoumUniversity of Tasmania
BaolinWangWestern Sydney University
ChongminSongUniversity of New South Wales
DaichaoShengUniversity of Technology Sydney
DamienHollowayUniversity of Tasmania
DiWuUniversity of Technology Sydney
Dong (Tracy)RuanSwinburne University
Fang-BaoTianUniversity of New South Wales, Canberra
GholamrezaKefayatiUniversity of Tasmania
Giang D.NguyenUniversity if Adelaide
HongGuanGriffith University
HongLiuUniversity of Tasmania
ItaiEinavUniversity of Sydney
ItsuSenMacquarie University
KlausThoeniUniversity of Newcastle
LihaiZhangUniversity of Melbourne
LiyongTongUniversity of Sydney
LumingShenUniversity of Sydney
MikeXieRMIT University
NamMai-DuyUniversity of Southern Queensland
NasserKhaliliUniversity of New South Wales
QingLiUniversity of Sydney
Qing Quan (Stephen)LiangVictoria University
QinghuaQinAustralian National University
RajDasRMIT University
RichardYangWestern Sydney University
SarahZhangWestern Sydney University
ShiweiZhouRMIT University
TracieBarberUniversity of New South Wales
WeiGaoUniversity of New South Wales
WeihuaLiUniversity of Wollongong
Wing KongChiuMonash University
YangXiangWestern Sydney University
YingyanZhangUniversity of Sydney
YuanTongGuQueensland University of Technology