S8: Fracture and damage

Emilio Martinez Pañeda Thomas Pardoen
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:

  • Experimental fracture methods in complex environments
  • Microtesting methods
  • In situ fracture testing
  • Multi-scale materials modelling
  • Computational methods for fracture
  • Atomistic insight into material failure
  • Damage tolerance and fatigue life
  • Homogenization techniques
  • Constitutive modelling
  • Delamination and damage in composites
  • Failure of quasi-brittle materials
  • Damage models for ductile fracture
  • Cleavage failure and the ductile-to-brittle transition
  • Fatigue and fracture of soft materials
  • Phase field fracture models
  • Fracture of adhesive joints and interface failure
  • Local and non-local formulations, including peridynamics
  • Data-driven approaches
  • Bayesian methods for inversion and identification
  • Hydrogen embrittlement
  • Important Dates

    Abstract submission

    • October 1st, 2023
      Beginning of abstract submission

    • December 22nd, 2023
      January 14th, 2024
      Abstract submission deadline


    • March 1st, 2024
      Early registration deadline

    • April 1st, 2024
      Last registration for presenting authors with accepted abstract

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