Vol.3, No 11, 2001 pp.301-306
ON NONLINEAR MECHANICS IN YUGOSLAVIA
This symposium entitled "Nonlinear Sciences
at the Threshold of the Third Millenium" was organized with a wish to unite
in a single symposium, on the basis of the mathematical phenomenology of
Mihajlo Petrović Alas, quite disparate sciences with the aim of integrating
the knowledge of the participants of our symposium. This is a serious and
a long-term task of science.
How did it all start? It started here,
at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Univer-sity of Niš.
Prof. Danilo P. Rašković (Ph.D. in mechanical
engineering and BS in mathematics), the first head of the Chair for Mechanics
and Automatics, while teaching mechanics at the Department for Mechanical
Engineering at the newly founded Faculty of Technical sciences, directed
his youngest and most talented students towards studying nonlinear oscillations
and nonlinear mechanics. Thereafter, he initiated a cooperation with the
academician Jury Aleksejevitch Mitropolsky and a leading school of nonlinear
mechanics, asymptotic methods and nonlinear oscillations at the Institute
for Mathematics in Kiev. That is how a center for nonlinear mechanics was
established at the Chair for Mechanics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
in Niš. They were supported by the Institute for Mathematics – SANU from
Belgrade and by the scientist from all the Universities in Yugoslavia,
especially Universities in Belgrade and Novi Sad. The organization of symposiums
on nonlinear sciences followed.
The first symposium on nonlinear mechanics
- Nonlinear Dynamics, organized by JDM and Serbian Society for Mechanics,
was held in Arandjelovac, 23-25 November 1983. Prof. Jury Aleksejevitch
Mitropolsky gave the invited plenary lecture. All the members of the Chair
for Mechanics and the Chair for Hydraulic Engineering of the Faculty of
Mechanical Engineering University of Nish took part in this and other symposiums;
they were coorganizers as well.
The Second Yugoslav Symposium on Nonlinear
Mechanics entitled: "The First Yugo-slav Conference on Nonlinear Deterministic
and Stochastic Processes in Dynamical Systems with Applications YCNP Niš
'91", August 27-30,1991, organized by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
was held in Niš. The Chairman of the Scientific Committee was Prof. Veljko
Vujičić, while the Chairman of the Organizing Committee was Prof. Katica
Hedrih. Proceedings of Abstracts was printed; the papers and invited lectures
which were approved were printed in the first and the following issues
of the University Journal – Facta Universitatis, new Series – Mechanics,
Automatic Control and Ro-botics. This Series was the third Series, which
was being published, besides the Series Mathematics, Informatics and Electronics,
and Energetics. William Nash, Kazuyuki Yagasaki..., gave the invited lectures,
at this international symposium.
The invited plenary lectures were given
by the following Yugoslav scientists: Veljko A. Vujičić, Vladan Djordjević,
Ljubomir Grujić, Božidar Vujanović, Livija Cvetićanin,...
Prof. Slobododan Laković, the Dean of
the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering University of Niš and a member of
the Organizing Committee, has significantly contributed to the success
of this symposium.
The Third Yugoslav Symposium on Nonlinear
Mechanics was held in the form of a Minisymposium, as a part of the XXII
Yugoslav Conference on Mechanics in Niš in 1995. The Faculty of Mechanical
Engineering in Niš, with co-organization by the Faculty of Civil Engineering
organized this Congress as well.
The Chairman of the Organizing Committee
was Prof. Katica (Stevanović) Hedrih; Prof. Zoran Boričić, the Dean of
the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, was very hospitable. Academician
Vladan Djordjević, the President of JDM has contributed to the successful
organization of this Congress and the Minisymposium. The Chairman of the
Scientific Committee was Prof. Veljko Vujičić. Professors Yu. A. Mitropolskiy,
V.V. Rumyantsev, Felix Chernousko, Anatoliy Martinyuk, Valentina Filchakova,
Dan Sta-matiu,... were guest at this symposium.
The Fourth Symposium on Nonlinear Mechanics
was held in 1997, again in the form of a Minisymposium, as a part of the
XIII Yugoslav Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. This Congress,
held in the Congress Center – Zvezda in Vrnjačka Banja, was organized by
the Yugoslav Society for Mechanics. The organization of this Symposium
was helped by the Institute for Mathematics – SANU and the Faculty of Me-chanical
Engineering in Belgrade.
The Chairman of the Scientific Committee
was the academician Nikola Hajdin, and the Chairman of the Organizing Committee
was Prof. Katica Hedrih. Professors Anthony Kounadis, Ilia Blekhman, Guiseppe
Rega, Angel Baltov,... were guest at this symposium.
The Fifth Symposium on Nonlinear Mechanics
was being organized with the wish for it to become a tradition and to gather
the connesseurs of nonlinear phenomenology from disparate sciences and
dynamic systems and for it to become renown all over the world.
The year of the Fifth Symposium was the
year of the 10 th Jubilante issue of the Uni-versity Journal – Facta Universitatis,
new Series – Mechanics, Automatic Control and Robotics. Let these symposiums
and the journal Facta Universitatis become a permanent characteristic of
the University of Niš, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Niš and scientific
achievements of the Yugoslav scientists; let the matter of participation
at these symposiums become a metter of prestige for scientists from other
This symposium was contributed to Yugoslav
science, which has been disrupted by Nato intervention, and let it be a
sign that we are better than those who preempt the achievements of others;
we don't buy the we create them by our own spiritual effort and creativity
in order to use the for the well-being of human kind.
Fifth YUGOSLAV SYMPOSIUM ON NONLINEAR MECHANICS
AT THE THRESHOLD OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM
dedicated to the 40th Anniversary of
the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Faculty of Civil Engineering
as well as to the 35th Anniversary
of the University of Niš.
Y. A. Mitropolskiy, Chairman
V. M. Matrosov, Chairman
V.A. Vujičić, Chairman
A. N. Kounadis
Ji Huan He
Z. Osinski, P.S. Krasil'nikov
K. (Stevanović) Hedrih