ICEM 15 is the fifteenth international gathering of scientists and engineers interested in the topic of experimental mechanics and its application to mechanical design, materials engineering, and engineering mechanics planned for July 22-27, 2012 in Porto, Portugal. The first conference of this series was held in Delft (The Netherlands, in 1959, and the last one took place in Poitiers (France) in July 2010. In the meantime, the 10th EM meeting was held in Portugal (Lisbon), in 1994, which I had also the privilege to chair. All these EM meetings resulted from the belief that of those disciplines associated with advanced product design and manufacture, experimental mechanics techniques have been making continuous and significant advances during the years. Important and dramatic improvements in systems and component design can be made by the use of the latest advances in experimental mechanics techniques applied to energy systems, structures and materials. Their effect on the environment is significant and will help in avoiding global warming and harmful CO2 emissions.
It is therefore the objective of this meeting to provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of recent advances in the field of Experimental Mechanics. The goal is to enable mechanical, aeronautical, civil, automotive, biomedical, environmental, and nuclear engineers, researchers and scientists to exchange ideas on the different topics of the conference.