1st International Conference on Engineering Failure Anaysis (ICEFA-I)

Venue: Centro de Congressos, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Event Date/Time: Jul 12, 2004 End Date/Time: Jul 14, 2004
Abstract Submission Date: Nov 01, 2003
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The design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of safe and reliable engineering artefacts have become increasingly important, driven by greater global awareness of issues such as safety, economy and environment sensitivity. This has focussed attention to the pivotal role of failure analysis as an essential design and management tool to help prevent disasters, accidents and failures, and to inform the processes of design, manufacture, operation and maintenance. As a result, the field has attracted rapidly increasing interest and resources. The First International Conference on Engineering Failure Analysis (ICEFA – I) is intended to be the first of series of international meetings for the presentation, advancement and dissemination of failure analysis studies for the benefit of the wider world.

Paper and posters are invited which describe:

The analysis of engineering disasters, accidents and failures
Designing, manufacturing, operating and maintaining artefacts to avoid failure
Examples of technology transfer
The structure, properties and behaviour of engineering materials involving detailed application of material parameters to problems in structures, components and design.
Metallic, polymeric, ceramic and natural materials are all included, and the application of these materials to real engineering situations should be emphasised. The use of a case-study based approach is encouraged.

Representative subject areas are given below but are not exhaustive.

Marine and offshore
Power generation and distribution
Chemical and process plant
Sports and leisure equipment
Consumer goods
Electronics device failures
Medical and surgical failures
Structural failures
Manufacturing processes
Mining and mineral handling equipment
Architectural and building failures
Machinery failures
Pressure vessels
Historical disasters
Reliability studies
Failure analysis and design
Repair and maintenance strategies


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