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ASME 2016 IMECE- Call for Papers [Track 12] 12-35 Physics and Mechanics of Ductile Failure: Modeling and Experiments

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We invite you to participate at our session on Physics and Mechanics of Ductile Failure: Modeling and Experiments at ASME 2016 IMECE to be held in Phoenix, Arizona, USA during November 11-16, 2016.


The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 7, 2016. The session is organized under Track 12,  #12-35 Physics and Mechanics of Ductile Failure: Modeling and Experiments.


The advent of novel synthesis, processing and manufacturing techniques have created unprecedented avenues for the development of superior materials and structures with desirable mechanical properties. Yet, predicting failure of these materials, which is a critical piece in designing stronger and tougher materials, is not yet fully mature from the viewpoint of designing damage tolerant materials. Failure of ductile materials arises from complex interactions between mechanisms of inelasticity, loading rates and states, and defect distributions. The advent of high-resolution experimental and computational frameworks is instrumental in improving our understanding on the nexus between failure evolution and intrinsic material characteristics (e.g. chemistry, defect statistics, plastic anisotropy, and more). Concurrently, the development of more sophisticated continuum models that appeal to the physics and statistics of failure mechanisms provide avenues for more realistic prediction of failure maps.


This symposium will serve as a forum at ASME to share knowledge on experiments and modeling for damage evolution in advanced engineering materials over a range of strength-, stiffness- and time-scales. Particular focus will be on understanding, quantifying and predicting failure mechanisms at different microstructural length-scales in crystalline, semi-crystalline and amorphous materials. Modeling frameworks of interest include: atomistics, discrete dislocation dynamics, crystal plasticity and homogenized continuum micromechanics. We welcome approaches that embed statistical features in failure micromechanics. Of particular interest are talks that provide fundamental insights into the physics of failure from state-of-the-art experiments. We also encourage contributions that provide insights into ductile-brittle failure transitions and failure of architected microstructures as well as biological/bio-inspired materials.

Symposium Organizers

Justin W. Wilkerson, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio, Email:

A. Amine Benzerga, Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University, Email:

Shailendra P. Joshi, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Email:

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