Event Date/Time: Jun 17, 2009 End Date/Time: Jun 19, 2009
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Until recently, engineering materials could be characterised successfully using relatively simple testing procedures. As materials technology advances, interest is growing in materials possessing complex meso-, micro- and nano-structures, which to a large extent determine their physical properties and behaviour. The purposes of materials modelling are many – optimisation, investigation of failure, simulation of production processes, to name a few. Modelling and characterisation are closely intertwined, increasingly so as the complexity of the material increases. Characterisation, in essence, is the connection between the abstract material model and the real-world behaviour of the material in question. Characterisation of complex materials therefore may require a combination of experimental techniques and computation.

The objective of this conference is to bring together researchers who use computational methods, those who perform experiments, and of course those who do both, in all areas of materials characterisation, to discuss their recent results and ideas, in order to foster the multidisciplinary approach that has become necessary for the study of complex phenomena. Topics of interest for this Conference range from generic characterisation methods to damage assessment and application to particular materials. Of particular interest is the synergy between computational methods and experimental procedures.

The conference will be of interest to scientists working in industry, research organisations, government and academia, who are working on computational aspects of materials characterisation and the comparison of their solutions with experimental results.

Conference Topics:
-Advances in composites
-Ceramics and advanced materials
-Thin films and coatings
-Imaging and image analysis
-Thermal analysis
-New methods
-Surface chemistry
-Nano materials
-Damage mechanics
-Fatigue and fracture
-Innovative computational techniques
-Computational models and experiments
-Mechanical characterisation and testing