|Sean Leen (University of Galway, Ireland)
|Nicolas Saintier (ENSAM, France)
Fatigue is a complex phenomenon that is influenced by many factors including microstructure, defects, surface state, environment, prior processing and loading.l Understanding the nucleation and propagation of fatigue cracks in materials and structural components subjected to cyclic loading is crucial for optimized design from material microstructures to structural engineering components. The identification and mechanistic basis of the physical processes leading to crack nucleation and growth across the length scales (from micro to macro) are still major issues in many engineering fields and the establishment of quantitative prediction remains a key research challenge. This session aims to bring together scientists and engineers addressing fatigue research using the most recent experimental characterisation technics and modelling approaches (ideally integrated) over a large class of materials and systems..
The session covers the following areas, although the list is not restrictive: