9th International Conference on Fracture of Polymers, Composites and Adhesives

26-30 September 2021 | Eurotel Victoria, Les Diablerets, Switzerland

New dates announced: the 9th International Conference on Fracture of Polymers, Composites and Adhesives has been postponed to 26-30 September 2021


We understand you may be concerned about not being able to attend due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 situation. Rest assured that we will refund your registration fee, with no penalty, should you wish to cancel during the uncertainty of the outbreak.

Abstract submission open for poster presentations only

Early bird and author registration deadline: 4 June 2021

View preliminary session schedule

EFM ESIS 2017 Special Issue

View papers published in the Engineering Fracture Mechanics Special Issue: 8th ESIS TC4 International Conference- Fracture of Polymers, Composites and Adhesives. All articles in the Special Issue are free to access online until 10 September 2020.

This 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. 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.

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