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Call for abstract SEM 2018: Fracture and Fatigue of Composites

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Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit a paper to the 2018 Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) International Congress session on “Fracture and fatigue of Composites”, organized by the Fatigue and Fracture Technical Division.  See below for further information on this session.

 The conference will be held in Greenville, SC from June 4-7, 2018. Abstracts are due October 17, 2017 via the SEM website.  General submissions are always welcome. When submitting your abstract for a specific session please enters the names of the session organizers on the abstract submission form.  Also please email a copy of your abstract to the session organizer directly.

Although SEM encourages the submission of full conference papers or extended abstracts, the sessions below will accept oral-only presentations. Of course full papers or extended abstracts are still welcome.

Conference Website:

SEM General Call for Papers:

The abstract submission link is:

 We are looking forward to seeing you at SEM in 2018!


Kavan Hazeli, University of Alabama in Huntsville (

Sen Yang, UMass Dartmouth (  

 Session description

Difficulties in predicting and controlling fracture and failure in composite systems impose challenges in successful integration of new composites and multifunctional materials in engineering structures. Therefore, there is a critical need to develop reliable methodologies to quantify and predict structural response and strength under various static and dynamic loadings as well as in severe environmental conditions. This session welcomes contributions in all fields related to experimental investigations and computational modeling relevant to damage precursors, fracture and failure processes in composite and multifunctional materials. The goal is to investigate the role of evolving intrinsic field variables to provide kinematic, kinetic and dynamic descriptions of the way cracks nucleate and propagate through composite systems.


Abstracts are solicited in (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Failure and instabilities in composite and heterogeneous systems
  • Fracture and damage identification and quantification
  • Fatigue of composite materials: damage mechanisms and fatigue life 
  • Experimental observation of crack nucleation and propagation at different length scales
  • Dynamic Loading of composites: impact, shock, crash, and blast
  • Mechanical response of hybrid materials and structures
  • Functionality of multifunctional and smart composites
  • Damage prediction and prevention in composite systems
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