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AIAA SciTech, January 8-12, 2018 Kissimmee, Florida

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Call for Papers

Special Session on Structural Joints and Repairs


2018 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (AIAA SciTech)

January 8-12, 2018

Gaylord Palms and Convention Center, Kissimmee, Florida


The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Structures Technical Committee (STC) is pleased to announce a call for papers to be presented in a special session on Structural Joints and Repairs within the AIAA SciTech conference.


Structural joints are an essential design feature for all aerospace vehicles assemblies and are increasingly encountered in a wide array of related fields. A key factor in the successful operation of these vehicles is the availability of reliable structural repairs for mitigating manufacturing and in-service defects and damage.  The need for innovative joints and repairs involing a variety of material combinations are inevitably required to realize more efficient, cost-effective structural systems. This is a special session for technical papers related to the design, development, analysis, manufacturing implementation, and testing of structural joints and repairs for aerospace structures.  Structural joints may include bonded, bolted, or new innovative methods.  The committee welcomes submissions from government, industry, academia, and small businesses relevant to modeling (theoretical and computational), design and experimental aspects of multi-material structural systems. Topics of interest include but not limited to: analysis & design for predicting strength and longevity, structural health monitoring for assessing integrity, material selection and processing, 3D printing, non-destructive testing for damage assessment, automated joining and repair processes for repeatability and reliability.


Abstracts of no less than 1,000 words are due June 12, 2017

Author notification of paper acceptance on or about August 25, 2017

Final paper is due December 5, 2017


Abstracts must be submitted for SciTech 2018 online at:


Make sure to select the “Structural Joints and Repairs” topic option under “Structures” when prompted during submission


Please notify us if you are planning to submit an abstract so that we can ensure that it is included in these sessions.  Please also include the line “Structural Joints and Repairs” above the title of your extended abstract.  The abstracts for the special sessions will go through the same peer review process as abstracts from the general call for papers. 


For more information, please contact one of the following organizers:



Dr. Kumar Shanmugam,
Masdar Institute

Dr. Stephanie TerMaath,
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. Scott Norwood,
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

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