Symmetry and Asymmetry in Mechanical Engineering

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Engineering and Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 73

Special Issue Editors

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School of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Materials Engineering, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
Interests: vibration; dynamics; symmetry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Symmetry plays an essential role in simplifying mathematical models, improving computational efficiency, and obtaining qualitative properties in mechanical-engineering-related problems. The Special Issue on “Symmetry and Asymmetry in Mechanical Engineering” will feature original research articles with innovative mathematical modeling, experimental or numerical case studies, methodologies and theoretical frameworks, or reviews of recent advances in all aspects of symmetry or asymmetry in mechanical engineering. By comprehensively bringing together perspectives from system dynamics, mechanical design, control theory, and other areas of mechanical engineering, this Special Issue endeavors to highlight the significance of investigating the symmetry-related phenomena in various mechanical engineering applications and applying symmetry-based methods to numerical simulations and analysis.

In this Special Issue, authors are invited to present theoretical and experimental research that aims to directly or indirectly solve problems related to the mentioned topics, including but not limited to the following:

  • Group theory and its application in mechanical engineering.
  • Symmetry-based model reduction for computational efficiency.
  • Parity–time (PT) and anti-parity–time (APT) symmetry in optical, acoustic, and diffusive systems, among others.
  • Symmetry in control of autonomous vehicles.
  • Tensegrity structures.
  • Effects of mistuning in nominal, symmetric systems and reduced-order-modeling of mistuned systems.
  • Symmetry-breaking bifurcation in solids and fluids.
  • Usage of symmetry-related properties in industry applications.

Dr. Xiaofan Li
Dr. Bin Dong
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • group theory
  • circulant matrix
  • model reduction
  • parity–time symmetry
  • tensegrity structures
  • mistuning
  • symmetry-breaking bifurcation

Published Papers

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