Main Topics

The topics to be considered at the ECF 22 should be focused on possible and predictable fracture and failure, considering interrelation between external effects (loading, environment), structure characteristics, component strength and material properties. Safety and reliability problems during operation life, including maintenance and repair, also represent items of great importance for structural integrity. Specifically, applied stress-strain state in critical structural components, induced by acting loading at global level, and affected by stress concentration at the local level should be considered both theoretically and by applying convenient.

In addition to structures of macro to micro scales of commonly used metallic and non-metallic materials, the attention will be paid to the new huge complex structures of civil engineering objects, well exceeding classical objects of macro size, on one side, and nano level structures on the other side. Structural integrity, functionality, reliability and safety of such structures and applied materials require special consideration.

1. Loading Types

  • 1.1 static and quasi-static loading
  • 1.2 cyclic loading of variable amplitudes (high cycle-loading stress; low cycle loading after initial yielding)
  • 1.3 vibrations
  • 1.4 impact and earthquake loading
  • 1.5 combined loading

2. Environment

  • 2.1 corrosion
  • 2.2 high operating temperatures
  • 2.3 temperatures in the range of nil ductility transition and below it
  • 2.4 combined environmental effects
  • 2.5 hydrogen embrittlement

3. Structures

  • 3.1 power plants
  • 3.2 process equipment in petrochemical industry
  • 3.3 welded structures
  • 3.4 different engineering objects
  • 3.5 transportation

4. Materials

  • 4.1 metallic materials
  • 4.2 polymers
  • 4.3 ceramics
  • 4.4 composite materials
  • 4.5 nanomaterials
  • 4.6 biomaterials