Abstracts and Papers

Call for Abstracts

Those wishing to participate in the conference are invited to submit a single page abstract of about 500 words supplemented by one or two figures which together should clearly indicate the proposed paper content and highlight the advances made and contribution to knowledge in their specific area of research. Abstracts should be sent to the organizing committee before 31 January 2016. If your abstract is accepted by the reviewing committee, you will be notified by 22 February 2016. (Note, abstract submissions are now closed for CIMS.)


Submission of Papers

After submitting your abstract and receiving notification of acceptance, please begin to prepare your full paper for submission. A paper template in Word format will be provided in an email to the submitting author, or you may request it from cims2016@jhu.edu. Camera-ready papers should be sent to the organizing committee before 4 May 2016. You will be notified of the acceptance of the your penultimate manuscript by 31 May 2016. Please attach your paper in an email sent to this address: cims2016@jhu.edu. The file should be in PDF format.



The language of the conference will be English including the communication of presentations and the publication of the conference proceedings. It is expected that the standard and quality of the layout and general presentation of papers will be high and to facilitate this requirement all abstracts and full papers will be reviewed by members of the International Scientific Committee. Instructions for the preparation of full papers will be automatically sent out to all authors of accepted abstracts.

Publication of Papers

Only those refereed papers presented at the conference will be published in the Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Coupled Instabilities in Metal Structures. In addition a selection of papers will be chosen as those which are considered to be associated with a high degree of quality research and authors will be asked for extended versions of these to be published in a special issue of the international journal of Thin-Walled Structures.

Important Deadlines

Submission of Abstracts: 31 December 2015 (passed)
Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts: 31 January 2016 (passed)
Submission of Camera Ready Manuscript: 4 May 2016
Notification of Final Acceptance of Full Manuscript: 31 May 2016


Keynote Speakers

CIMS2016 is pleased to announce that Professor Greg Hancock, Professor Dinar Camotim, and Professor Sándor Ádány will be providing keynote lectures on key aspects of coupled instabilities in metal structures.

Conference Program

CIMS2016 will consist of a two day program with keynote lectures followed by multiple sessions of papers presented throughout the day.

CIMS2016 Program at a Glance
CIMS2016 Agenda
CIMS2016 Program

Registration, Venue & Contacts


Located right in the picturesque Inner Harbor, the Royal Sonesta Baltimore brings refinement, charm and laid-back style to the waterfront. Stay at the center of it all with the finest inner harbor restaurants, activities and bustling city all within reach. Winner of both the AAA Four Diamond Award and TripAdvisor’s 2014 Certificate of Excellence, their more than 200 tastefully appointed guest rooms are stocked with world-class amenities and thoughtful touches that have your comfort in mind.


If you have any questions or require more information you can contact the conference team at cims2016@jhu.edu.


CIMS 2016 Conference

Monday, Nov 7, 2016
- Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

Time: 8:00am - 6:30pm

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The Seventh International Conference on Coupled Instabilities in Metal Structures, CIMS 2016, will be held at the Royal Sonesta in Baltimore, Maryland. Join the world's experts in structural stability at CIMS 2016 and have your voice heard in the conversation to advance our understanding of the complex interactive stability problems associated with thin-walled and slender structures. The conference is being organized by the Cold-Formed Steel Research Consortium and its Director Ben Schafer from Johns Hopkins University. About the Royal Sonesta - located right in the picturesque Inner Harbor, the Royal Sonesta Baltimore brings refinement, charm and laid-back style to the waterfront. Stay at the center of it all with the finest inner harbor restaurants, activities and bustling city all within reach.

Event Location

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court
550 Light Sreet
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Event Fees:

Single Ticket, Regular Registration $ 850.00

Registration is closed for this event.

For more information or questions, please email:


The price for tickets will be lowered to $750 until September 1, 2016. This early bird price will return to the regular value of $850 for anyone who registers after September 1. Please contact cims2016@jhu.edu for any additional information.

Accommodations & Travel

Staying in Baltimore

Conference delegates are recommended to stay at the conference venue, the Royal Sonesta, a preferential rate has been agreed with the hotel. This price will include free Wi-Fi for the duration of guests stay in the hotel. To get more information about the hotel  and to book your room either visit this link to the website to book or phone (410) 234-0550/ 1(800) 766-3782 to get the agreed rate (Block Name CIMS 2016). Your reservation must be made by the cut-off date of October 7, 2016.

Transport to Baltimore

The most obvious option, and simplest, is to fly into the Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) airport. Alternatively, one may fly into Washington DC airports, or other East Coast U.S. cities and use the Amtrak rail to connect to Baltimore from Philadelphia (~1 hour train ride away), from Newark (~2 hour train ride), or from New York City (~3 hour train ride away). Train lines from Washington D.C. to New York City run regularly and unlike the rest of the United States can readily be incorporated into your travel plans if desired.

Note on other area airports: Washington D.C. is 31 miles away and flying into Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA) is a viable alternative for someone interested in spending a day in D.C.. It is possible to take DC metro to commuter rail and train to Baltimore.  Washington’s Dulles Airport (IAD) is approximately 1.5 hours drive/ride from downtown Baltimore and also an option if touring D.C. is connected to your visit to Baltimore. Transportation from IAD requires a car or taxi unless you are a seasoned traveler.

Anyone interested in additional advice should contact cims2016@jhu.edu.

Baltimore has a local bus network and rail system.

Explore Baltimore

While you are with us in Baltimore City, consider taking the time to tour the surrounding area and visit the city’s most famous historical and modern structures!

  • 100 East Pratt Street Built: 1973-75; 1991, Note the hanging floors.

For more information on these buildings and others in the city, visit An Engineer’s Guide to Baltimore. The site details numerous buildings in Baltimore which illustrate the course which structural engineering has taken over the decades.

Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Campus

Founded in 1876, the Johns Hopkins University is the United States’ first and leading research institution. Since its founding, it has claimed 36 Nobel Laureates and established international campuses. The parent campus, the Homewood, is located in Baltimore, Maryland and is the state’s largest private employer. Visit the Department of Civil Engineering, housed in Latrobe Hall, to learn about ongoing research at this world-renowned university.



George Peabody Library

The George Peabody Library is housed in the world-renowned Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University. In 1857,  George Peabody, a Massachusetts-born philanthropist, dedicated the Peabody Institute to the citizens of Baltimore in appreciation of their “kindness and hospitality.” Begun in 1860, the library collection contains over 300,000 volumes largely from the 18th and 19th centuries. Notable collection strengths are archaeology, British art and architecture, British and American history, biography, English and American literature, Romance languages and literature, Greek and Latin classics, history of science, geography, and exploration and travel including a large map collection. In addition to its traditional use as a research library, the George Peabody Library has now become the premiere wedding  and event venue in Baltimore.


National Aquarium

Containing over 20,000 animals and a great variety of exhibits, the National Aquarium must be visited while in the city of Baltimore. Specialized exhibits include Shark Alley, Tropical Rainforest, Living Seashore, Maryland Experience, and jellyfish and dolphin tanks. Parking must be found somewhere nearby and admission varies by the time of day. General admission may cost up to $40 during the morning and afternoon but drops to $20 at night. Special tours are available for $60.


B&O Railroad Museum

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum is the oldest, most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world. The museum details the history of railroad development through numerous full-scale artifacts as well as scale models. Parking is provided free of charge and admission is $18.


Baltimore Museum of Industry

The Baltimore Museum of Industry collects, preserves, and interprets the industrial and technological heritage of the Baltimore region for the public by presenting educational programs and exhibitions that explore the stories of Maryland’s industries and the people who created and worked in them. Among the museum’s exhibits are an oyster/fruit cannery, garment loft, machine shop, and print shop. Parking is provided free of charge and admission is $12.


Fire Museum of Maryland

The Fire Museum of Maryland has the third largest collection on display of any fire museum in the world. Among its collection are 42 antique fire apparatus, memorabilia, fire-fighting equipment, models, and photographs. Its most prominent exhibits describe the city’s preparations during the War of 1812 as well as the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. Admission is $12.


Fort McHenry

This star-shaped coastal fort is the birthplace of the American national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. Explore its history throughout the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and the Civil War, and both World Wars.


Historic Ships in Baltimore

Docked in the Inner Harbor are four historic vessels, all within walking distance of the other. Together, the sloop-of-war Constellation (1797-1853), the submarine Torsk (1944-1968), the Coast Guard cutter Taney (1936-1686), and the lightship Chesapeake (1930-1970) exhibit life at sea from the mid-19th century to the mid-1980’s. The price of admission varies by the number of ships that you intend to visit, from $11 for one ship to $18 for all four.



Conference Objectives & Scope

Conference Objectives

The aim of the seventh conference is to bring together the world’s experts in the field of structural mechanics and stability in order to review and discuss current developments in research and design related to stability, with a specific emphasis on coupled and interacted problems in structural stability.

Conference Scope

The conference welcomes the submission of quality papers that make a contribution to our knowledge and understanding, and to research advancement, with regard to structural stability with an emphasis on coupled or interacted stability problems as commonly found in thin-walled metallic structures. The conference series has always provided a forum on the mechanics of stability including mathematical formulations not traditionally employed in structural engineering and has grown to welcome contributions from many different materials and applications. All contributions to the conference share in their attempt to advance the state of the art with respect to complex issues tied to stability response.

Particular emphasis is to be paid to the advances made in the analysis and design of structural systems which are associated with stability aspects involving more than one mode of buckling. Theoretical, numerical and experimental research related to the buckling of metal, notably steel, stainless steel and aluminium are central themes of the conference as are reliability-based studies related to the design of coupled instability phenomena. Thin-walled structures, in particular, are susceptible to the effects of coupled mode interaction whereby local effects due to the thinness of the walls interact with the global behaviour of the structural system. Coupled local-distortional-global/flexural behaviour can be encountered in thin-walled columns or coupled local-lateral buckling may occur in thin-walled beams. The conference looks forward to the submission of quality papers dealing with the coupled instability phenomena in thin-walled structural systems and which highlight the progress and advances made in analysis and design during the last four years since the last CIMS conference held in Glasgow, Scotland in 2012.

The field of coupled instabilities in metal structures is tied to advances in many other fields and in other materials and across numerous applications. As such CIMS encourages broad participation from all of those individuals interested in the mechanics, behavior, and design of stability-critical structures.


Areas of Application

Aircraft and Aerospace structures
Skin Stiffened Panel Structures
Aircraft Composite Structures
Road Vehicle Body Structures
Cold-Formed Steel Framed Building Structures
Cold-Formed Steel Sheeting
Cold-Formed Steel Sections
Ship Plating, Stiffened Panel, Hull and Bulkhead Structures
Thin-Walled Storage Racking and Silo Containment Structures
Lightweight Fibre Reinforced Plastic Composite Structures
Composite Bonded Structural Systems
Railway Carriage Structures
Honeycomb and Foam-Filled Sandwich Construction
Metal-Composite Structures
Stainless Steel Structures
Lightweight Aluminium Structures
Plate, Shell and Space Structures
and Others

Some Topical Areas of Interest

Solid Mechanics
Beam, plate, and shell theories
Theoretical Procedures
Numerical Simulation
Experimental Testing
Buckling, Postbuckling and Collapse Mechanics
Imperfection Sensitivity
Dynamic and/or Cyclic Loading and Stability Response
Behavior of Structural Systems at Elevated Temperatures
The Reliability and Safety of Structural Systems
Design Codes of Practice and Standards
and More

Conference Committees

Conference Chairman

Benjamin William Schafer, Ph.D., P.E.
Johns Hopkins University

International Scientific Committee

Per tradition the Editorial Board of Thin-walled Structures forms the core of the International Scientific Committee:

J. Loughlan, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK
B. W. Schafer, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
J. Rhodes, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

S. Adany, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary
M. Bambach, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
M.A. Bradford, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
R. Brighenti, Università degli Studi di Parma, Parma, Italy
D. Camotim, Universidade de Lisboa (Lisbon), Lisboa, Portugal
R. Degenhardt, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Braunschweig, Germany
D. Dubina, The Politehnica University, Timisoara, Romania
L. Gardner, Imperial College London, London, UK
F. Guarracino, University of Naples Federico II, Napoli, Italy
N.K. Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India
M.S. Hoo Fatt, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA
M. Kotelko, Technical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland
R. La Boube, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri, USA
R. Landolfo, University of Naples Federico II, Napoli, Italy
M. Macdonald, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
H. R. Ovesy, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
J.K. Paik, Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea
T. Peköz, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
M. Piovan, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Beunos Aires, Argentina
K. Rasmussen, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
R. Rolfes, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover, Germany
F. Sadek, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
N. E. Shanmugam, Anna University, Chennai, India
N. Silvestre, Universidade de Lisboa (Lisbon), Lisbon, Portugal
J. G. Teng, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
S. Ujihashi, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
Y. C. Wang, University of Manchester, Manchester, England, UK
T. Wierzbicki, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
B. Young, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
W.W. Yu, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri, USA
J. Zaras, Technical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland
X. Zhao, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
A. Zingoni, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Local Organizing Committee

B. Schafer, Johns Hopkins University (Chair)
D. Ayhan, Johns Hopkins University (Vice-Chair)
C. Moen, NBM Technologies
S. Torabian, Johns Hopkins University
S. Jackson, Johns Hopkins University