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WOM 2013 - Provisional program now available

The provisional program for WOM 2013 (14-18 April 2013) is now available at

Special tutorial session: Fundamentals of Wear and Wear Testing
Taught by invited experts led by Professor Ian Hutchings, this popular half-day overview will be held on Sunday afternoon before the conference. For more information, go to

WOM 2013 - 2 months to go

The 19th International Conference on Wear of Materials, (Portland, Oregon, USA , 14-18 April 2013) offers Poster Presenters the option to take part in the new (free) app: Poster in my Pocket.

For more information abouth this new app, and the conference, go to

Distinguished Lecture on Materials Physics of Faults in Rapid Shear and Consequences for Earthquake Dynamics

Presented by Prof. James Rice Mallinckrodt and sponsored by Elsevier and the NJIT Granular Science Laboratory

Prof. James Rice Mallinckrodt, Professor of Engineering Sciences and Geophysics
Harvard University
April 2, 2013

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Guttenberg Information Technology Center 1100
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

For more information, visit

Free webinar on Geosynthetics on January 22

An Overview of Geosynthetics and Their Major Applications.  Free webinar organised by the ISSMGE and hosted by Jean-Louis Briaud.

For more information, go to

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Sustainable Cities and Society Special Issue on GCREEDER 2011 now available!

The 3rd Global Conference on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Desert Regions (GCREEDER 2011), supported by the Energy Center of the University of Jordan, Jordan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (Scientific Research Fund) and the Jordan Engineers Association (JEA),  was held in Amman, Jordan, April 26-28, 2011. 

6 out of the 16 nominated conference papers were reviewed and modified and are published in this special issue of Sustainable Cities and Society.  These papers present a great variety of theory and applications in various areas of energy and sustainability.

First article of new Open Access Journal Case Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis available on ScienceDirect

Case Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis is now officially launched with its first papers now awailable  on Science Direct: Cracking of underground welded steel pipes caused by HAZ sensitization

An opportunity for postdoctoral scholars

Postdoc Free Access Program
For scholars who recently received their PhD’s and currently do not have a research position, we are pleased to offer unlimited complimentary access to all our journals and books on ScienceDirect, for up to 6 months.

International Journal of Refrigeration: Best Paper and Very Highly Commended Papers for 2011/2012

Each year, the Editor-in-Chief and Regional Editors of the International Journal of Refrigeration select two articles of special merit, to be awarded prizes as Best Paper and Very Highly Commended Paper. The awards are sponsored by Elsevier, with prizes of USD1,500 and USD750. Papers are freely available untill 31 December 2012. To access them, go to:

WOM 2013 - Keynote Speakers Announced

Wom 2013 keynote speakers and their topics have been announced:

Dr Ali Erdemir
Argonne National Laboratories, USA
Innovative surface engineering strategies for mitigating wear of materials under extreme conditions

Dr Michael Moseler
FhG-IWM Freiburg, Germany
Atomistic understanding of wear in carbon tribomaterials

Dr Phil Shipway
Nottingham University
Wear of cermets and cermet coatings – the role of microstructure
Dr Bikramjit Basu and Dr Mitjan Kalin
Engineering ceramics and their composites - tailoring material variables for tribological application

Case Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis - New Journal welcoming submissions!

We are very pleased to announce the launch of a new journal in the field of mechanical engineering, Case Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis. This journal provides a forum for the rapid publication of short, structured Case Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis and related Short Communications and will provide an essential compendium of case studies for practitioners in the field of engineering failure analysis and others who are interested in the ways in which components fail.

12-year-old Devises New Model for Earthquake Prediction

Young scientist Suganth Kannan presents his mathematical model at the International Conference on Engineering Failure Analysis in The Hague, July 2012.

To read more, go to

Special Issue on 'Mechanics of Liquid and Solid Foams' freely available online!

This Special Issue of the International Journal of Solids and Structures includes sixteen articles presented at the international symposium: Mechanics of Liquid and Solid Foams. The symposium was organized under the auspices of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics ( and was held at the University of Texas at Austin in May 8-13, 2011. The papers deal with various aspects of mechanical behavior of cellular materials and foams in particular, and represent the state of the art in the field.

Elsevier's Authors' update 3rd Issue now available!

In this 3rd issue of Elsevier's Authors' Update, we're bringing you top tips to develop your career, and tools to help you publish ethically. We've also got the latest news from the UN-sponsored programme Research4Life and a new report on the challenges facing US research universities.  To access it, go to

Tribology for Sustainability: Economic, Environmental, and Quality of Life - Special Issue freely available online!

Tribology International Special Issue of the 37th Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology: Tribology for Sustainability: Economic, Environmental, and Quality of Life.

For more information or to access this Special Issue, go to:

International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials IX - Less than 2 weeks to go

There are now less than two weeks left to register for the ninth biennial International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials IX. 16-21 September 2012, The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, MA, USA

Building and Environment Best Paper Awards - winners announced

The 2012 Best Paper Awards from Building and Environment go to:
• R. Ramponi, B. Blocken,
“CFD simulation of cross-ventilation for a generic isolated building: Impact of computational parameters”
• S. Yin, G.N. Sze-To, Christopher Y.H. Chao,
“Retrospective analysis of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis outbreak during a flight using computational fluid dynamics and infection risk assessment”
• Chun Chen, Bin Zhao, Wanting Zhou, Xinyi Jiang, Zhongchao Tan,
“A methodology for predicting particle penetration factor through cracks of windows and doors for actual engineering application”

Buildings subsidence due to clay ‘shrink-swell': UK research highlights link to weather and consequences for insurers

Will home owners get that sinking feeling this summer?

Are we in for a summer of cracked buildings? It all depends on the weather. Research from the British Geological Survey (BGS) has highlighted the importance of rainfall and temperature on the incidence of clay shrink-swell, a precursor to subsidence, in the UK. For many, the cool, wet conditions we have experienced so far this summer may be just what is needed to keep their house in order.


Prof. Neil Stephen is honoured for his outstanding engineering research paper

Neil Stephen, Professor of Structural Mechanics at the University of Southampton and editorial board member of the International Journal of Solids and Structures has received the first Doak Prize for an outstanding journal paper On Energy Harvesting from Ambient Vibration (JSV, 293,1/2, pp 409-425).

ICEFA V - Less than 2 weeks to go

Full programme now available from the website:

Attendance at this meeting will enable you to:

International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials IX, 16-21 September 2012

Register today to book your place at this prestigious conference, which has attracted over 290 abstracts. This is a significant opportunity for you to join leading researchers to exchange and discuss new ideas and findings.

Managing Stress Waves over Multi-frequencies and Micro-architectural Design of Materials - Part 1, 2 and 3 available

Watch the 3-part video seminar where Sia Nemat-Nasser discusses certain basic issues regarding systematic homogenization techniques to extract the frequency‐dependent dynamic properties of microstructurally periodic composites, illustrating the results in terms of measureable and experimentally verifiable quantities.  To watch the videos, go to

Building and Environment Special Issue on the Implications of a Changing Climate for Buildings

Edited by Pieter de Wilde and David Coley, this special issue of Building and Environment deals with the implications of a changing climate for buildings. Climate change is considered to be one of the main challenges facing humankind in the 21st century, with serious and global consequences for the environment, human health, and the economy. 

Space Policy Special Issue - New Horizons for Europe: A European Studies Perspective on European Space Policy

The result of two workshops on ‘Space - the Final Frontier - What Potential for European Space Policy?’, this special issue of Space Policy gathers a range of papers, many by young researchers, which examines the contribution space policy can make to the European integration process.

To access the Space Issue, go to

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