ICFC9, the ninth edition of the International Conference on Fatigue of Composites, organized by the Department of Management and Engineering  - University of Padova, is set to go ahead in person in the beautiful city of Vicenza (Italy) from the 21st to the 23rd of June, 2023.


Since the first event in Paris back in 1997, the International Conference on Fatigue of Composites aims to enhance interactions among scientists and engineers from academia, research institutions and industries, providing them with a forum for the communications and discussions on the recent exciting accomplishments and future trends in the field of damage mechanics, fatigue and fracture of composite materials.

The main conference topics can be summarised, but not limited to, as follows:

  • Experimental characterization of fatigue response of composites materials, structures and assemblies;
  • Damage mechanics and fatigue damage mechanisms: quantitative description of the initiation and evolution process;
  • Damage evolution and property degradation;
  • Effects of process, manufacturing induced defects, environment, temperature, humidity on the fatigue response of composites;
  • Variable amplitude, spectrum loading and cumulative damage modelling;
  • Advanced experimental techniques for damage investigation;
  • Health monitoring and non-destructive methods for fatigue damage detection and their applications;
  • Models and procedures for damage evolution assessment, residual properties and life prediction;
  • Applications and case histories: fatigue and property degradation in complex composite structures.

Suggestions for other topics as well as for special symposia are warmly welcome.

In addition to many stimulating sessions, attendees will also have the opportunity to attend a “meet the Editor” session As more and more research is submitted to Composites Journals, knowing what can make a paper stand out is becoming increasingly important.  The participants will have the opportunity to interact with the editor from the Journal Composites Science and Technology – who will give his first-hand experience of the topics, content and style that make a paper attractive for CSTE , and what the board of Editors look for in a Journal manuscript submission.  

  • The registration guidelines can be found at the Conference website here, along with the submission information and conference program, when available, and much more.
  • For questions and information, contact the ICFC9 secretariat, icfc9@gest.unipd.it
  • Information on the session – “meet the Editor” – can be found here.