1st Virtual ESIS TC4 Conference on Fracture of Polymers, Composites and Adhesives

Join us for the 1st Virtual ESIS TC4 Conference on Fracture of Polymers, Composites and Adhesives. This virtual event will be the 9th International Conference in the series organised by the European Structural Integrity Society - Technical Committee 4 on Fracture Mechanics related to Polymers, Polymer Composites and Adhesives.

The 2-day virtual meeting will address key topics from our cancelled in-person meeting, bringing together a specially selected line-up of speakers in the areas reflecting the current and future interests of TC4 as listed in the conference themes below.

Register now to participate in an interactive conference experience direct from your desktop or mobile device: live-stream presentations and discussion through live chat and Q&A.

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Your registration includes on-demand access for 6 months (starting one day after the conference).

Find out more on the conference website: https://www.elsevier.com/events/conferences/esistc4conference

Conference themes

We are again inviting papers in the areas reflecting the current and future interests of TC4 as listed below. New developments and innovative applications are especially welcome. Both experimental and theoretical work is sought, including modelling and simulation, in order to give a balanced view of the subject areas:

  • Polymers: Low rate properties, Kc, Gc and Jc. Essential work of fracture, we. Impact and high rate properties. Ductile energy dissipation and notching effects. Environmental effects. Fracture in soft materials. Cutting, machining and scratching.
  • Composites: Delamination in continuous fibre composites including cross-ply and 3-D reinforcement. Impact and high rate properties. Fatigue fracture, damage mechanisms, thermal properties, experimental characterization and simulation. Toughness of short fibre, particulate, or nano- and micro-scale reinforced composites. Pure and mixed-mode fracture. Peeling of flexible laminates.
  • Adhesives: Structural adhesives toughness evaluation. Geometry and thickness effects on Gc.  Measuring toughness in highly toughened adhesive joints, including Jc testing. Toughening mechanisms, including nano-scale additives. Impact and high rate behaviour. Environmental effects. Peeling of flexible laminates.
  • Application of fracture mechanics: Service life prediction models, including cyclic fatigue loads and environmental ageing effects. Data for FE design codes. Applications in structural engineering, electronics, pipelines and layered structures. Crash simulations.