Plenary Lectures

  • James R. Rice, Cambridge, USA, Perspectives on dynamic fracture arising from study of earthquake ruptures
  • Jovo Jaric, Serbia, Conservation laws of J integral type
  • Youshi Hong, China, The State of the Art in Very-High-Cycle Fatigue Research
  • Uwe Zerbst, Germany, Application of fracture mechanics to S-N curve prediction. Requirements and perspectives
  • Drazan Kozak, Croatia & Nenad Gubeljak, Slovenia, Integrity of pipeline by using pipe-ring testing
  • Meinhard Kuna, Germany, Micromechanical Modeling of Fracture in Metallic Materials
  • Robert Ritchie, USA, Damage Tolerance in Biological and Metallic Material
  • Yonggang Huang, USA, Soft Network Composite Materials with Deterministic and Bio-Inspired Designs
  • Takayuki Kitamura, Japan, Challenge toward Nanometer Scale Fracture Mechanics
  • William Curtin, Switzerland, Mechanisms of Hydrogen Embrittlement: Insights from Atomistic Studies
James R. Rice, USA
Perspectives on dynamic fracture arising from study of earthquake ruptures
James R. Rice is a Mallinckrodt Professor of Engineering Sciences and Geophysics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Professor Rice is known as mechanician, who has made fundamental contributions to various aspects of solid mechanics. Two of his early contributions are the concept of the J-integral and an explanation of how plastic deformations localize in a narrow band. In recent years, Rice has focused on the mechanical processes involved in earthquakes. Professor Rice addresses problems in the theoretical mechanics of solids and fluids - that is, problems of stressing, deformation, fracture and flow. The J-integral represents a way to calculate the strain energy release rate, or work (energy) per unit fracture surface area, in a material. The theoretical concept of J-integral was developed in 1967 by Cherepanov and in 1968 by James R. Rice. Professor Rice has published over 250 technical papers that have received over 44,000 citations.

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William Curtin, Switzerland
Mechanisms of Hydrogen Embrittlement: Insights from Atomistic Studies
Professor William Curtin earned a 4 yr. ScB/ScM degree in Physics from Brown University in 1981 and a PhD in theoretical physics from Cornell University in 1986. After gaining a BS and an MS in Physics then a PhD in theoretical physics, he left the academic world for industry, working in the Applied Physics Group of BP (British Petroleum). After seven years at BP, he came back to the academic world. He settled down at Virginia Tech and for five years held a position as professor attached to two engineering departments: materials science and engineering mechanics. He joined the solid mechanics group at Brown in 1998. "Brown had an international reputation in solid mechanics. He joined École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL as the Director of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering in 2011 and as Full Professor in 2012. Professor Curtin was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2005, has published over 200 technical papers that have received over 5600 citations, and has been the Principal Investigator on over $33M of funded research.

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Youshi Hong, China
The State of the Art in Very-High-Cycle Fatigue Research
Youshi Hong is a Professor of the Institute of Mechanics (IMECH), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He was the Director of IMECH-CAS between 1998 and 2006. He is Editor-in-Chief for “Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures (FFEMS)”; and Associate Editor-in-Chief for “Science China ‒ Physics, Mechanics & Astronomy”. His research fields are mechanical behavior of materials, fracture mechanics and structure mechanics. His main research achievements are related to: high-cycle and very-high-cycle fatigue behavior of metallic materials; effects of second phase particles on deformation, fracture and stress corrosion cracking of steels; analyses of stress intensity factors and plastic zone sizes for notch-cracks and fatigue crack growth; and mechanism and modeling of collective damage evolution process of initiation and propagation for short fatigue cracks. He has published more than 300 papers in academic journals and conference proceedings, and obtained 13 Chinese patents. He received a First Grade Award of Natural Science of CAS and received a National Second Grade Award of Natural Science.

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Takayuki Kitamura, Japan
Challenge toward Nanometer Scale Fracture Mechanics
Takayuki Kitamura is a Professor of Kyoto University, Japan, and a Member of Science Council, Japan. He was a vice president of Kyoto University in 2007 –2008 and an associate member of Science Council, Japan, in 2006- 2008. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 original research papers, and recently published a book, "Fracture Nanomechanics". He received the Society Award 5 time from the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) and 4 times from the Society of Materials Science Japan (JSMS). He has presented more than 30 invited talks in international conferences since 2004. He was an executive board director in the JSME in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012, and in the JSMS in 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2010 and 2013. Professor Takayuki Kitamura has published over 600 papers in academic journals and conference proceedings that have received over 2900 citations.

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Yonggang Huang, China
Soft Network Composite Materials with Deterministic and Bio-Inspired Designs
Yonggang Huang received his BS degree in mechanics from Beijing University in 1984. He moved to the United States to study engineering science in 1986, and earned his ScM and PhD degrees in engineering science from Harvard University in 1987 and 1990, respectively. He stayed at Harvard and joined the University of Arizona as an assistant professor in 1991. He moved to Michigan Technological University as an associate professor in 1995, and to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1998. He was promoted to full professor in 2001, Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professor in 2003, and Shao Lee Soo Professor in 2004, at UIUC. He joined Northwestern University as the Joseph Cummings Professor in 2007, and has been the Walter P. Murphy Professor since 2015. Professor Huang has been working on mechanics of materials and structures across multiple scales, such as the mechanism-based strain gradient plasticity theory, and atomistic-based continuum theory for carbon nanotubes. Professor Huang is the author of over 500 publications in international journals and conference proceedings that have received over 44,000 citations.

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Robert Ritchie, USA
Damage Tolerance in Biological and Metallic Material
Robert O. Ritchie is the H.T. and Jessie Chua Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and Senior Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Professor Ritchie is known for his research into the mechanics and micromechanisms of fracture and fatigue of a broad range of biological and structural materials, where he has provided a microstructural basis for their damage tolerance and fatigue limits. Professor Ritchie has won numerous awards including the David Turnbull Lectureship from the Materials Research Society in 2013, the Acta Materialia Gold Medal in 2014, and the Morris Cohen Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Engineering of US, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Professor Ritchie is the author of over 700 publications in academic journals and conference proceedings that have received over 44,000 citations.

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Jovo Jarić, Serbia
Conservation laws of J integral type
Jovo Jarić was born in Donji Tiškovac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1938. He graduated at the Faculty of Mathematics in Belgrade in 1962. From 1963 to 1966 he worked as the assistant at the SASA Mathematical Institute, from 1966-1974 as the assistant at the Department of Mechanics at the Faculty of Mathematics, and became a professor in 1979. He defended his doctoral thesis at the same Faculty, in 1973. He received additional scientific and expert education at numerous faculties and institutes across the world, including, among others, the Institute of Seismology, Tokyo, Ecole Polytechnique and University Pierre and Marie Curie and CISM (International Center of Mechanical Sciences). He published over 50 scientific papers in national and international scientific journals, related to mechanics and applied mathematics, such as the Journal of Elasticity, International Journal of Enigneering Science, Theoretical and applied mechanics, etc. He attended a number of scientific conferences and held plenary lectures. He is also the author of two books: Mechanics and Continuum Mechanics. He was a lecturer both in his home country and abroad, and his lectures covered a number of topics including the elasticity theory, continuum mechanics, fluid mechanics, differential geometry and many others. In addition, he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics from 1985 to 1987 and the General Secretary of the Yugoslavian Mechanics Society from 1984 tp 1986.

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Nenad Gubeljak, Slovenia and Dražan Kozak, Croatia
Interface fracture mechanics
Nenad Gubeljak, born in Našička Brežica in 1963, is the head of the Laboratory for machine elements and structures and the professor of Technical drawing, Structural elements, Fracture mechanics and other subjects. He graduated at the Technical Faculty of University of Maribor, department of mechanical engineering. In 1998, he received a PhD in technical. Since 1988, he is employed at the Department of mechanical engineering at the Technical Faculty in Maribor. He was also a guest at a number of foreign scientific institutions, including the Erich-Schmid Institute in Austria and the GKSS research center Geesthacht (Hamburg, Germany), as a DAAD scholarship holder during 1996 and 1999, and also as the post-doctorate student from 2000-2001. He has participated in numerous international conferences, and has published over 300 scientific papers. He was also the head of the scientific projects “The influence of limited material yielding on the fracture behavior of a welded joint” (1999-2001) and the Slovenian-Croatian bilateral project.

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Dražan Kozak was born July 31, 1967. He graduated at the Mechanical Engineering Faculty in Slav. Brod, University of Osijek in 1991. He achieved M.Sc. in 1995. and D.Sc. in 2001, both at the Universitz of Zagreb. He became Full Professor in 2009. in Engineering Mechanics, Strength of Materials and Numerical methods, at the Mechanical Engineering in Slavonski Brod. He was the head researcher on the bilateral Slovenian-Croatian, Hungarian-Croatian and Serbian-Croatian projects At the moment he is the leader of the project ”Analysis and fracture assessment of structures of anisotropic materials”. He published over 100 scientific papers at the conferences and more than 70 articles in Journals mainly devoted to structural integrity assessment. He published 87 articles in impacted Journals referred in the Web of Science databases, which were cited 300 times. His h-index is 9. He is a member of ESIS and ASME, and the member of the editorial board in numerous international scientific journals (Technical Gazette, GeoScience Engineering, Transactions of FAMENA, etc).

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Uwe Zerbst, Germany
Application of fracture mechanics to S-N curve prediction. Requirements and perspectives
Professor Uwe Zerbst earned a diploma degree in material-technology at the University of Magdeburg where he also prepared his PhD thesis on fracture mechanics material parameters under impact loading in 1986. Ever since he has been working at various positions in the field of fracture mechanics with the focus on the assessment of components. His stations were the Institute of Mechanics of the East German Academy of Science in Chemnitz, the former GKSS Research Centre at Geesthacht where he joined the group of Karl-Heinz Schwalbe and, finally, the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) in Berlin. He is experienced in the field of material parameter determination as well as analytical assessment of components under monotonic and cyclic loading. His focus during the last years was on the utilization of fracture mechanics to the determination of the fatigue strength and total life prediction of cyclically loaded components. Uwe Zerbst has published about 100 technical papers that have received over 1450 citations.
Meinhard Kuna, Germany
Micromechanical Modeling of Fracture in Metallic Materials
Meinhard Kuna, current Chair i.R. of “Applied Mechanics – Solid Mechanics” at TU Freiberg, Germany, received his diploma in Study of Physics at the TU Magdeburg in 1972. He completed his PhD in 1975, at the Institute of Solid State Physics, Academy of Sciences of GDR. From 1975 to 1991 he worked as a research assistant and head of the research group “Numerical Methods in Fracture Mechanics”.He became a full professor in Applied Mechanics and Solid Mechanics in 1997, and was the Vice-dean of the Faculty of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering. From 2012 to 2106 he served as the Director of the Institute of Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics, and became Professor Emeritus in 2016. His research topics of interest include: fracture mechanics, continuum mechanics, computational methods in solid and fracture mechanics, modeling of smart materials, etc. He is a member of GAMM (German Society of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics since 1994, of DVM (German Society of Materials Research and Testing) since 1990. He was a council member of ESIS from 2003 to 2009, and the voting representative for Germany in the International Congress on Fracture, 2003-2009. He is the author of several monographies on Finite elements and Fracture Mechanics, and the author of numerous papers, with about 430 citations.

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