COBEM is the ABCM International Congress of Mechanical Engineering. COBEM takes place every two years in a Brazilian city. The 24th version of the Congress will be held in Curitiba, at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR). After more than two decades, COBEM will take place inside a university campus. COBEM is a comprehensive event, which gathers students, engineers and scientists of many different fields that contribute of the advances in mechanical engineering and related fields. People from around world are welcome to participate in the 24 th edition of the congress, to discuss important issues such as sustainability, new manufacturing approaches, thermal and fluid sciences, numerical modeling among others important subjects.
The Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná – PUCPR, established in 1959, is a private, not-for-profit Catholic university. The main campus is located in Curitiba, which is the capital of the State of Paraná, Brazil. It is maintained by APC (Associação Paranaense de Cultura), an organization run by Marist Brothers. The Curitiba campus was the first to be established. Nowadays the University has 3 campi besides Curitiba, they are located in the cities of Maringa, Toledo and Londrina. The Curitiba campus houses five academic schools: Polytechnic, Law, Medical, Humanities and Business School. The main buildings of the campus are the central library, which manages the integrated library system (ILS), research labs, classrooms and lecture hall, a 570-seat theater, a chemical pilot plant, and a sports complex. There are in the whole PUCPR system more than 35,000 students in 60 under graduated majors. There are 22 high education program either as master or as doctoral levels. The fields of these programs are Health Sciences, Law, Animal Science, Urban Management, Philosophy, Theology, Business Administration, Mechanical Engineering, Dental Health, Production Engineering, Education, Informatics and Health Technology.
The PPGEM – Mechanical Engineering Post Graduated Program – started its activities in 1999 with a master degree and 2006 PhD degree was established. The areas of concentration are well consolidated: Materials and Fabrication, Solid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences and Engineering. Research fields with governmental and industry fundings include: Materials properties characterization, Surface Engineering and Conventional and Non-Conventional Machining Technology; Computational Solid Mechanics, Vibration and Acoustics; Hygrothermal and Energetic Analysis of Buildings, Science and Technology in Transport Phenomena, Energetic Efficiency in Thermal Sciences.
Curitiba is one of the largest cities in the prosperous Brazilian Southern region. The city is well known for its urban planners and its innovative ground transportation system, which is very simple and practical, consisting entirely of buses. There is a great old city in the in the heart of downtown, which was recently restored very well for its 319 years. There are huge arts and crafts fair every Sunday in the old city that is well worth visiting. Curitiba, the capital of the Brazilian state of Paraná, is an inland city of tall buildings such as the Telepar Panoramic Tower, with an observatory on top. Known as a cultural center, Curitiba is home to a number of performance venues, including the Wire Opera house, a structure of tubular steel with a transparent roof, and the Guaíra Theater. Many visitors from outside Brazil are not prepared to feel cold in this tropical country. This is precisely the case in Curitiba, located off from the tropic parallel, and elevated by an altitude of almost 1000 meters above the sea level. These factors mean that winters (Jun-Sep) can reach freezing temperatures especially at night, which make coats and further protections necessary. Curitiba is also famous for its gastronomy, it is possible to experience dishes from all over the world with a Brazilian touch.