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Call for Abstract : Fifth International Indentation Workshop, Nov.1-5, 2015, Richardson, USA.

Dear Colleagues,

Indentation, in particular, instrumented nanoindentation has become an elegant and effective technique for probing materials behavior at nanoscales and up.

We are now organizing the Fifth International Indentation Workshop (IIW5), which will take place at the University of Texas at Dallas, USA on November 1-5, 2015.

IIW5 will provide a forum for scientists and engineers working on indentation at different scales to report their new findings and exchange ideas. It will also give an opportunity for equipment manufacturers to showcase their most advanced equipment for scientific discovery.

We invite you to submit an abstract online at  by July 1, 2015.

A collection of papers documenting original contributions will be published in a Special Issue – Recent Advances in Nanoindentation in Experimental Mechanics.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Dr. George M. Pharr, The University of Tennessee.

Dr. Warren C. Oliver, Nanomechanics, Inc.

Dr. Alan Needleman, Texas A&M Univesity.


Topics of interest include (but not limited to) the following.

1.                   Nanoindentation to extract elastic/plastic properties

2.                   Nanoindnetation on single crystals

3.                   Indentation size effect

4.                   Dislocation and deformation mechanism under indentation

5.                   Indentation on thin films or coatings

6.                   Nanoindentation at various temperatures or environmental conditions

7.                   Nanotribology as probed by nanoindenter

8.                   Fracture characterization by nanoindentation

9.                   Dynamic indentation by a nanoindenter or micro-bullet

10.                Fatigue at small scales by nanoindentation

11.                Creep and relaxation in indentation

12.                Viscoelastic or viscoplastic nanoindentation

13.                Statistical nanoindentation on heterogeneous materials

14.                Indentation on biomaterials (bones, soft tissues, etc.)

15.                Indentation on polymeric and composite materials

16.                Indentation modeling and analysis

17.                In-situ nanoindentation under microscopy

18.                Quantitative nanoindentation by atomic force microscopy

19.                Nanoembeddment (nanoindentation by nanoparticles)

20.                Nanoindenter enabled small-scale experiments (micro-pillar compression, delamination, micro-budging, fiber push-out, micro-bending, tension using theta-specimen, etc.)


Workshop Organizers:

Hongbing Lu
Professor and Louis A. Beecherl Jr. Chair
Mechanical Engineering
The University of Texas at Dallas


Reza Mirshams
Engineering Technology & Mechanical Engineering
University of North Texas

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