Department of Civil Engineering

XIII Finnish Mechanics Days 2018

The XIII Finnish Mechanics Days were held August 29–31 2018 at Aalto University.
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The first Finnish Mechanics Days conference was held in Oulu, 36 years ago in 1982. Since then, the conference has taken place every three years.

The conference covers theoretical, computational and experimental mechanics of solids, soils, rocks and fluids – including a large variety of engineering applications: static and dynamic analysis of structures; mechanics of materials; fluid dynamics; fluid-structure interaction; fracture mechanics; fatigue; thermomechanics; micromechanics; contact mechanics; structural optimization; numerical analysis; multibody dynamics; mechatronics; design of structures and machines; industrial and medical applications of mechanics etc.

A special emphasis is given to collaboration between different fields – such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering and fluid dynamics – and collaboration between industry and academia.


The objective of the conference is to stimulate, promote and combine academic research and industrial development of engineering applications within various areas of mechanics, ranging from solid and soil mechanics to fluid mechanics. The conference provides a forum for researchers, engineers, teachers and other professionals to network, discuss and share ideas and information.


Prospective industrial and societal partners are encouraged to be part of realizing the special theme of XIII Finnish Mechanics Days 2018 – collaboration in research, development and education – between different fields as well as academia and industry. Partners can choose among Diamond, Gold, Silver and Bronze level partnerships which provide various options for visibility and activities: logo and written marketing material on the conference web page, in the conference program, on the conference site and in the conference publication (Rakenteiden Mekaniikka – Journal of Structural Mechanics); free registration(s); marketing stands; a floor in the conference program.

More information is available from the conference secretariat: [email protected].

XIII Finnish Mechanics Days 2018 expresses a special appreciation to City of Helsinki.

Date and Venue

The conference is held on August 29–31, 2018, at conference center Chydenia in the Aalto University Töölö campus, Helsinki (Runeberginkatu 22–24).

Plenary Lecturers

Prof. Emer. Viggo Tvergaard, Solid Mechanics, Department of Mechanical Engineering, DTU, Denmark
Modelling ductile fracture at moderate to low stress triaxiality

Prof. Emer. Laszlo Fuchs, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Department of Mechanics, KTH, Sweden
Fluid mechanics of blood flow in life saving devices: accomplishments and challenges

CEO, DSc (Tech) Patrik Rautaheimo, Elomatic Ltd, Finland
Use of numerical simulations in  engineering and design

Instructions for Authors

Prospective participants are invited to submit a short (half-page) abstract (one per registration), including the title of the presentation, as an e-mail attachment in the pdf-format to address [email protected] by May 31, 2018 – and after acceptance to register to the conference via the conference online system.

Registrations without presentation are welcome as well.

After the conference, participants will be invited to prepare and submit an extended abstract or a full-length journal article for a peer review process of a special issue of Rakenteiden Mekaniikka – Journal of Structural Mechanics.

Language for abstracts, presentations and articles can be either English, Finnish or Swedish.

Important Days, Registration Fees and Accomodation

Deadline for one page abstracts May 15 extended to May 31, 2018
Notification of acceptance June 15, 2018
Deadline for early registration, 350 euros June 30 extended to July 23, 2018
Deadline for late registration (with presentation), 400 euros August 1 extended to August 6, 2018
Deadline for late registration (without presentation), 400 euros August 1 extended to August 15, 2018

Registration fees include welcome reception (Wed), conference dinner (Thu), lunch (Thu & Fri), coffees and snacks (Thu & Fri).

Hotel and hostel offers can be found via the conference online system: Hostel Domus Academica and Hotel Helka have reserved slots for the conference. Another recommended places is Töölö Towers. More options for can be found in online commercial booking services.

Technical Program

Accepted and registered participants will be announced by an e-mail about the conference program to be published on the conference website soon after August 6: pdf file (the final version 28.8.2018).

Social Program

The following social program is included in the conference fee:

  • August 29: Welcome reception at Helsinki Town Hall in Torikorttelit of Kruununhaka, Helsinki (Aleksanterinkatu 20)
  • August 29: Get-together night at Brewery-Restaurant Bryggeri in Torikorttelit of Kruununhaka, Helsinki (Sofiankatu 2)
  • August 30: Conference dinner in Meripaviljonki Restaurant in Siltasaari (or better, on Eläintarhanlahti), Helsinki (Säästöpankinranta 3)
  • CANCELLED (the hall is out of order) -- August 30: Excursion to Aalto Ice Tank basin in the Aalto University Otaniemi campus, Espoo (Tietotie 1) (to be confirmed).

Organizing Committee

Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Aalto University:

  • Juha Paavola, Professor of Structural Mechanics, Conference Chairman
  • Jarkko Niiranen, Assistant Professor of Computational Structural Engineering, Conference Chairman
  • Mikael Rinne, Professor of Rock Mechanics
  • Lauri Uotinen, Chairman of Finnish Association of Structural Mechanics

Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Aalto University:

  • Pentti Kujala, Vice Dean, Professor of Marine Technology
  • Ville Vuorinen, Assistant Professor of Computational Fluid Dynamics in Energy Technology
  • Jouni Freund, University Lecturer of Mechanics of Materials

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland:

  • Tuomas Sipilä, Research Team Leader, Marine and Arctic Technology

CSC – IT Center for Science:

  • Peter Råback, Product Manager, Elmer software

Contact Information

Abstracts: [email protected]
Online registration:
Secretariat: [email protected]

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