|Eric Maire (INSA Lyon, France),
|Rolf Mahnken (University of Paderborn, Germany)
Experimental mechanics and microstructural characterization are of significant importance in various engineering fields and in materials mechanics. They are directed to characterize material properties such as chemical, mechanical, thermal, magnetical and electrical properties. The corresponding experimental results enable to optimize the related material properties and they can be used for verification and validation of mathematical models (constitutive equations) for simulation of various materials, where in particular microstructural effects have growing consideration in the last two decades. Moreover, growing recent trends on data driven modeling require a reliable underlying data set.
Experimental techniques and the measurement technology have essentially been improved. This holds for example for optical measurement systems to determine thermal and mechanical fields on the surface of, and even inside, a structure. The advent of X Ray tomography has also led to new possibilities in terms of internal characterization of materials
The present minisymposium focusses on new trends of experimental mechanics in order to account for micro- and macroscopical in-situ observations. Main topics are the development, investigations and distribution of new experimental techniques in multiscale and multiphysical applications.