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The Brunel Institute of Computational Mathematics

The Brunel Institute of Computational Mathematics BICOM has the objective to stimulate and execute research work within the broad areas of computational mathematics and thus to contribute to the mathematics research and teaching programme at Brunel University.
Current research is centred on finite element methods and BICOM is also home to the MAFELAP conferences. These are a series of triennial conferences on the Mathematics of Finite Elements and Applications. MAFELAP 2009 is currently being planned, please feel free to bookmark conference web site.
The next event to be hosted by BICOM is the John Crank Legacy Meeting in July 2008. Please visit the web site for further details.
For interest, the pages of the most recent three conferences are still available: MAFELAP 2006, MAFELAP 2003 and MAFELAP 1999
More generally, within the institute, work is proceeding on the mathematical theory, application and computational implementation of the finite element method and is financed by research grants and industrial contracts. Recently, new results have been obtained for a posteriori error estimates for finite element approximations of problems in viscoelasticity. Significant results have also been obtained using finite element models of thermo-forming processes. A feature of the activity of the Institute is collaborative research with colleagues from many parts of the world. BICOM normally has, at any one time, a number of researchers of this type spending extensive periods at the University. Several general finite element packages are available within the Institute for computing numerical solutions to problems from continuum mechanics.

BICOM staff and their professional interests [top]


  • Professor J R Whiteman (Director). Superconvergence of Galerkin solutions; Domain decomposition and homogenization for developing parallel solvers; computational modelling of problems in nonlinear solid mechanics, eg. elasto-plasticity, viscoelasticity, fracture, thermoforming.
  • Professor L S D Morley (Professorial research fellow). Development of finite element methods for geometrical nonlinear behaviour of thin-walled shells with application to aerospace structures.
  • Professor Norbert Heuer. Boundary element method, finite element method, p- and hp-versions, domain decomposition, preconditioners, adaptivity.
  • Professor Julius Kaplunov. Thin plates and shells, structural dynamics and hybrid methods.
  • Professor B Noble (Associate research fellow) . Problems of mathematical physics with widely differing time and/or length scales


  • Dr Matthias Maischak (senior lecturer). Elliptic boundary value and Transmission problems. Signorini problems/variational inequalities. Boundary Element and Finite Element Methods. Fast Solvers and Preconditioners. Error estimators and adaptive algorithms. High Performance and Scientific Computing. Software development.
  • Dr Evgeniya Nolde (lecturer) . Thin plates and shells, structural dynamics and hybrid methods.
  • Dr Simon Shaw (senior lecturer). Error control for space-time adaptive finite element methods for partial differential Volterra equations; viscoelasticity.
  • Mrs Carolyn Sellers (BICOM secretary).
  • Dr Mike Warby (lecturer) . Thermoforming; viscoelastic fracture; adaptive finite element methods.
  • Dr Matthias Winter (lecturer) . Applied and numerical analysis, nonlinear PDE's and functional analysis, calculus of variations, finite element methods, mathematical methods, pattern formation, phase transition.

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