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Deformation and Fracture of Composites (DFC-11) and Structural Integrity & Multi-scale Modelling (SI-5)

United Kingdom, Cambridge

Deformation and Fracture of Composites (DFC-11) and Structural Integrity & Multi-scale Modelling (SI-5) will be held from 13 - 15 April 2011, Cambridge.

The driving force for developing advanced materials comes from society's need for large safe composite structures that work reliably at the frontiers of cutting edge technologies: aerospace, ground & ocean transportation systems; defence & security applications; information & communications technology; and material systems in support of climate change & energy sustainability.

For two decades, the Deformation and Fracture of Composites (DFC) series has provided an unrivalled opportunity to discuss the issues and impact of composite materials on different industry sectors. Likewise, the recent Structural Integrity (SI) bi-annual meetings of Cambridge, Capri, Monterey, and Madeira have focused on solving problems by multi-scale modelling of the deformation and fracture of composite structures from the very small to the very large.

A major aim of this combined Meeting is to initiate scientific and technological interaction between the best composite materials scientists and engineers; to co-ordinate this inter-disciplinary effort on fundamental issues and practical problems that affect the development and exploitation of large composite structures; and to transfer ideas from the research and development stage to the design engineer and end-user of composite structures.

This joint Meeting will be problem driven. It will focus on the nature of the engineering problem; the fundamental understanding of the material at the nano and microscopic scale; how to design the micro-structural features that control the properties of material; and how to build into predictive design equations the functional behaviour of a large structure for a specific end-application.

Understanding SI through multi-scale modelling of the mechanisms of deformation and fracture provides the key to successful design, certification, and safety of composite structures.

SI analysis treats simultaneously the design, the materials used, figures out how best components & parts are joined, and furthermore takes service duty into account. SI embraces contributions from materials science & engineering, fabrication & processing technology, non-destructive inspection (NDI) & ND evaluation (NDE), and throughout service health monitoring of structure & safety management across a broad spectrum of size scale. SI combines a number of interacting factors: the criticality of the application; the accessibility for and ability to inspect vital parts & components; the intended use including load spectrum & time; the consequences of impact, fatigue, environment, & temperature; the manufacturing technique and inherent flaws & their detection.

Offering a full and varied programme of oral and poster presentations, & the opportunity for invaluable networking, this Forum gives you the chance to update and impart your knowledge and experience.

Source : Composite Systems Innovation Centre