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

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Abstract submission deadline: 17 January 2020

Oral and poster abstracts are invited in the areas reflecting the current and future interests of TC4 as listed below and should be submitted using the online abstract submission system. 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:

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.


Successfully submitted abstracts will be acknowledged with an electronic receipt including an abstract reference number, which should be quoted in all correspondence. Allow at least 2 hours for your receipt to be returned to you.

Once the abstract is accepted, at least one of the authors must register for the conference and present the paper at the conference.

Revisions or queries

For revisions or queries regarding papers already submitted please contact: content-ESIS2020@elsevier.com.

If you do not receive acknowledgement for your abstract submission or you wish to make any essential revisions to an abstract already submitted, please DO NOT RESUBMIT your abstract, as this may lead to duplication. Please email the CCE with details of any revisions or queries. Please quote your reference number if you have one.