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8th MPM Workshop 2014

Thursday and Friday, September 25-26, 2014
Oregon State University Corvallis, OR, 97331


This workshop will feature presentations on theory and applications of the material point method (MPM) as a numerical method for solving problems in solid mechanics, simulating fracture and crack propagation, solving problems involving interfaces and contact, working on multi-scale and multi-physics problems, modeling of composite materials, and more. The workshop will include extended periods for members of the MPM community to discuss MPM issues and future development of MPM.


To be announced as submissions arrive. The following people are planning on attending (in alphabetical order):

  1. Yamina Aimene - Oregon State University and University of Antilles et Guyane
  2. Rebecca Brannon - University of Utah
  3. Jim Guilkey - Schlumberger
  4. Raydel Lorenzo (or his supervisor) - University of Brasilia. "Pile driving simulations using Material Point Method"
  5. John Nairn - Oregon State University
  6. Shane Shumacher - Sandia National Labs
  7. Wije Wathugala - ACTA Inc.

We particularly encourage attendees from the growing international users of MPM.

Submit an Abstract or Plan to Attend

Click here to submit a title and abstract for a presentation at the workgshop. The submission deadline is July 15, 2014, but the sooner the better to help in planning and to insure a place on the program.

Registration is expected to free (although you will be responsible for your own travel and accommodation costs). If possible, we will host a conference dinner on Thursday, September 25, 2014. If additional funds can be raised, they will be allocated first to support some costs of students attending the workshop.

Free MPM Software

For those who are interested, the following two links provide robust and free MPM software:

  1. The MPM software from Oregon State University is now presented in its own wiki page with instructions for downloading, compiling, running, and visualizing MPM calculations (and as a bonus some FEA calculations too). It is free, parallelized, and works on any platform. A Java app included in the package has recently been updated to support a scripting language for creating simulations. It can be the primary tool for Windows and Linux users. Mac users can use a custom Mac application with even more features and available by download (and even in the Mac App Store, which should soon be updated to 5.1). All images in the background were created with this software and can be seen in foreground by clicking here.
  2. A early adopter of MPM for large-scale computing was the C-SAFE project at the University of Utah. Their MPM code, known as Uintah, is available for free download.


For any questions about the meeting please contact one of the co-organizers using these email links to John Nairn or Yamina Aimene.