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Scope and policy

The purpose of the Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences is to publish articles of permanent interest dealing with research, development and design related to science and technology in Mechanical Engineering, encompassing interfaces with other branches of engineering, as well as with Physics and Applied Mathematics.

The Journal publishes Full Length Articles, Review Articles, Book Reviews and Letters to the Editor. Authors must agree not to publish elsewhere a article submitted and accepted by the Journal. Articles previously published in proceedings of conferences can also be considered for publication; the event should be cited as a footnote on the title page. A copy of the reviews by the conference referees should be included. Review articles should constitute a critical appraisal of the published information.

The decision of acceptance for publication lies with the Editors and is based on the recommendations of at least two ad hoc reviewers and, if necessary, a member of the Editorial Board.



Manuscripts and correspondence should be sent to the Editor or, alternatively, to the Associate Editor whose area most closely matches that of the article.


Prof. A. P. Silva Freire – Departamento de Engenharia Mecānica, COPPE, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. C. P. 68503, Rio de Janeiro, RJ. CEP: 21945-970 , Brazil. Phone +5521 280-7043, Fax: +5521 290-6626, e-mail:

Manufacturing Processes:

Prof. A. R. Machado – Departamento de Engenharia Mecānica, Universidade Federal de Uberlāndia, Uberlāndia, MG, CEP: 38400-206, Brazil. Phone +5534 239-4149, Fax: +5534 235-0382, e-mail:

Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass Transfer, Turbulence, Combustion, Phase Change, Rheology, Aeronautical and Airspace Sciences, Thermodynamics:

Prof. A. O. Nieckele – Departamento de Engenharia mecānica, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, CEP: 22453-900, Brazil. Phone: +5521 239-0719, Fax.: +5521 294-9148. e-mail:

CFD, Experimental Methods in Fluid Mechanics, Transition and Turbulence, Multiphase flow:

Prof. A. Silveira Neto – Departamento de Engenharia Mecānica, Universidade Federal de Uberlāndia, Uberlāndia, MG, CEP:38400-206, Brazil. Phone +5534 239-4149, Fax: +5534 235-0382, e-mail:

Continuum Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Elasticity:

Prof. E. N. Mamiya – Departamento de Engenharia Mecānica, FT, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, DF, CEP: 70910-900, Brazil. Phone: +5561 307-2314, Fax.: +5561 273-4539, e-mail:

Dynamics of Structures, Signal Processing, Identification and Control of Mechanical Systems, Analysis of Vibration and Noise, Structural Acoustics, Energy Flux in Structures:

Prof. J. R. F. Arruda - Departamento de Mecānica Computacional, Faculdade de Engenharia Mecānica (Unicamp), Campinas, SP, CEP: 13081-970, Brazil. Phone: +5519 788-3228, Fax: +5519289-3722, e-mail:

Mechanical Properties of Materials, Metallurgical Control of Mechanical Properties, Forming, Casting, Welding:

Prof. P. R. Cetlin - Departamento de Engenharia Metalúrgica e de Materiais, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, CEP: 30160-030, Brazil. Phone: +5531 238-1849, Fax: +5531 238-1815, e-mail:

Four (4) copies of the article are required. Authors are also requested to send a copy of the article in electronic format through a 3.5" diskette, zip disk or CD-ROM. It is imperative that the electronic file contains all figures and mathematical equations appearing in the article.

Manuscripts should be submitted only in English.

A manuscript submitted for publication should be accompanied by a cover page containing the full name of the Author(s), the Author for contact, institution address, phone number, e-mail address and, if the Authors so wish, the names of up to five (5) possible referees, with respective addresses.

All articles submitted must be prepared according with the template RBCM.DOT, which can be obtained from the page Failure to do so will result in the non-consideration of the article for the reviewing process. The template can also be obtained with any member of the secretary of the Journal.



Manuscripts should begin with the title, followed by an Abstract and from three to five Keywords. The manuscript should not contain the Authors’ names. The Abstract should state the objectives, methodology used and main conclusions, in no more than 200 words.

In research articles sufficient information should be provided in the text, or by referring to articles in generally available Journals, to permit the work to be repeated.

The article must begin with an Introduction that is written for the general reader of the Journal, not for the specialist. This section should describe the problem statement, its relevance, significant results and conclusions from prior work, and objectives of the present work.

Uncertainties should be specified for experimental and numerical results.

Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced, on one side of the page, using A4 sized paper, with 2 cm margins. The pages should be numbered and not to excess twenty-four (24), including tables and figures. Avoid footnotes.

All symbols should be defined in the text. A separate nomenclature section should list, in alphabetical order, the symbols used and their definitions. The Greek symbols follow the English symbols, and are followed by the subscripts and superscripts. Each dimensional symbol must have SI (metric) units mentioned; in addition, English units may be included parenthetically. Dimensionless groups and coefficients must be so defined and indicated.


Mathematical equations

Equations that extend beyond the text width should be restated to go in two or more lines, as necessary to fit within the page width.

Fractional powers should be used instead of root signs.

A slash (/) should be used instead of a horizontal line for fractions, whenever possible; for example, use 2/3 for two-thirds.

Mathematical expressions should not be introduced along the text itself, as part of a sentence line, but typed on individual lines.

Numbers that identify mathematical expressions should be enclosed in parenthesis. Refer to equations in the text as " Eq.(1)" or, if at the beginning of a sentence, as " Equation (1)".

Vectors should be typed boldface. Do not use arrows, wavy-line underscoring, etc.


Figures and tables

Figures and Tables should be referred in consecutive Arabic numerals. They should have a caption and be placed as close as possible to their first reference in the text. Refer to figures in the text with the abbreviation "Fig. 1", except at the beginning of a sentence, where " Figure 1" should be used.

The figures presenting technical data/results should have a boundary on all four sides, with scale indicators (tick marks) on all sides.

The legend for the data symbols should be put inside the figure, as well as the labels for each curve. Lettering should be large enough to be clearly legible (1.5-2.0 mm).

All figures and tables must be in black and white.



References should be cited in the text by giving the last name of the author(s) and the year of publication. Either use "Recent work (Smith and Farias, 1997) or " Recently Smith and Farias (1997). With four (4) or more names, use the form " Smith et al. (1997)". If two or more references would have the same identification, distinguish them by appending "a", "b", etc., to the year of publication.

Acceptable references include journal articles, numbered papers, dissertations, thesis, published conference proceedings, preprints from conferences, books, submitted articles, if the journal is identified, and private communications.

References should be listed in alphabetical order, according to the last name of the first author, at the end of the article. Some sample references follow:

Bordalo, S.N., Ferziger, J.H. and Kline, S.J.,1989, "The Development of Zonal Models for Turbulence", Proceedings of the 10th Brazilian Congress of Mechanical Engineering, Vol.1, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, pp. 41-44.

Coimbra, A.L., 1978, "Lessons of Continuum Mechanics", Ed. Edgard Blücher, S.Paulo, Brazil, 428 p.

Clark, J.A.,1986, Private Communication, University of Michigan, Ann Harbor.

Silva, L.H.M.,1988, "New Integral Formulation for Problems in Mechanics" (In Portuguese), Ph.D. Thesis, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, S.C., Brazil, 223 p. Soviero, P.A.O. and Lavagna, L.G.M.,1997, "A Numerical Model for Thin Airfoils in Unsteady Motion", RBCM- J. of the Brazilian Soc. Mechanical Sciences, Vol.19, No. 3, pp. 332-340.

Sparrow, E.M., 1980a, "Forced Convection Heat Transfer in a Duct Having Spanwise-Periodic Rectangular Protuberances", Numerical Heat Transfer, Vol.3, pp. 149-167.

Sparrow, E.M., 1980b, "Fluid-to-Fluid Conjugate Heat Transfer for a Vertical Pipe-Internal and External Natural Convection", ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol.102, pp. 402-407.


Final version of the manuscript

Upon notification of acceptance, Authors should submit two copies of the final version and the final manuscript disk, in Windows or Macintosh’s Microsoft Word, thus avoiding retyping, with subsequent reduction of errors.

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