The ASME Technical Committee (MSND-TC) promotes research, application, and education in theoretical as well as applied computational and nonlinear dynamics. The MSND-TC serves as a body whose goal is to organize conferences, aid the ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, and foster meetings, student competitions and awards. Each of these provides a means for the exchange of new ideas and applications in computational, rigid and flexible multi-body system dynamics and all aspects (analytical, numerical, and experimental) of dynamics associated with nonlinear systems. The broad scope of the MSND-TC is manifest in the diversity of its members and in the breadth of their experience and applications interests. These are reflected in our associated ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics which encompassing all computational and nonlinear problems occurring in aerospace, automotive, biological, electrical, mechanical, physical, and structural systems.
In the computational and multi-body system dynamics area, topics include novel formulations and algorithms for computation in kinematics and dynamics of rigid and flexible systems; application of finite element and finite difference methods in dynamics; numerical approaches in synthesis, optimization and control; parallel computations and software development, among others. Topics in the nonlinear dynamics area cover new theories and principles in dynamical systems; symbolic, perturbation and computational techniques; dynamic stability, bifurcation and control; chaos, fractals and pattern formation in physical and biological systems; system modeling, identification, and experimental methods; frictional and discontinuous dynamical processes, etc.
Problems range in size from dealing on the scale of individual atoms to the level of supertankers and the international space station. Indeed, we live and work in a world which is dynamic in nature and fundamentally nonlinear in character. As such Multibody Systems and Nonlinear Dynamics are essential to any effort to move forward in gaining a better understanding and control of important engineering and physical processes.