|Emilio Martinez Pañeda (University of Oxford, UK)
|Thomas Pardoen (UCLouvain, Belgium)
Fracture and damage of materials, structures and components continues to be one of the primary concerns in engineering design. The context is not only about safety and economical aspects anymore but also about environmental impact: structures which do not fail are more durable owing to longer lifetimes. Despite decades of research, a mechanistic understanding of the physical processes leading to crack nucleation and growth is still lacking in many engineering fields, and the establishment of quantitative predictions remains a key research challenge. This session aims at bringing together experimentalists, theoreticians and computational scientists to discuss new insights into the mechanisms governing fracture and damage across multiple scales.
While contributions in all aspects of material failure are invited, some of the topics to be featured are: