Inverse Problems are found in many areas of engineering mechanics and there are many successful applications e.g. in non-destructive testing and characterization of material properties by ultrasonic or X-ray techniques, thermography, etc. Generally speaking, inverse problems are concerned with the determination of the input and the characteristics of a system, given certain aspects of its output. Mathematically, such problems are ill-posed and have to be overcome through development of new computational schemes, regularization techniques, objective functionals, and experimental procedures.
This volume contains a selection of peer-reviewed papers presented at the International Symposium on Inverse Problems in Engineering Mechanics (ISIP2001), held in February of 2001 in Nagano, Japan, where recent development in inverse problems in engineering mechanics and related topics were discussed.
The following general areas in inverse problems in engineering mechanics were the subjects of the ISIP2001: mathematical and computational aspects of inverse problems, parameter or system identification, shape determination, sensitivity analysis, optimization, material property characterization, ultrasonic non-destructive testing, elastodynamic inverse problems, thermal inverse problems, and other engineering applications. These papers can provide a state-of-the-art review of the research on inverse problems in engineering mechanics.


For researchers and engineers interested in inverse problems in engineering mechanics.

Table of Contents

Chapter headings. Selected papers. Inverse Thermal Problems. Simultaneous estimation of thermophysical properties and heat and mass transfer coefficients of a drying body (G.H. Kanevce et al.). Solution of some inverse heat conduction problems by the dynamic programming filter and BEM (W. Chen, Masa. Tanaka). The time-to-arrival problem for reconstruction of multidimensional heat flux (R. Bialecki et al.). Boundary Data and Parameters Identification. Solution to shape optimization problems of continua on thermal elastic deformation (H. Azegami et al.). Alternating boundary element inversion scheme for solving inverse boundary value problem from noisy data and its regularization (S. Kubo et al.). Solution of inverse geometry problems using Bezier splines and sensitivity coefficients (I. Nowak et al.). Identification of boundary conditions by iterative analyses of suitably refined subdomains at biomaterials interfaces (P. Vena, R. Contro). Damage or Defect Detection. Three dimensional shape reconstruction of defects from measured backscattering waveforms (M. Yamada et al.). Modeling of grain pullout in fatigued polycrystalline alumina (M.T. Kokaly et al.). Structural damage identification of frame model based on filtering algorithm (R. Endo et al.). Inverse Problems in Solid Mechanics. Parameters identification of an elastic plate subjected to dynamic loading by inverse analysis using BEM and Kalman filter (Masa. Tanaka et al.). A parameter identification method using observational boundary conditions and wavelet transform (T. Ohkami, T. Uchida). Stress distribution within granular body (A. Matsuoka et al.). Numerical and Computational Algorithms. A variational approach for finding the source function of the wave equation (


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About the authors

G.S. Dulikravich

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Box 19018, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019, USA

Mana Tanaka

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Shinshu University, Nagano, Japan